Next month, the John Lewis Gardening Society will bring the fresh flavours of Devon to London as acclaimed Michelin-starred Torquay restaurant, The Elephant, launches on the roof of John Lewis Oxford Street.
Running from 1 August until the end of September, The Elephant’s residency will offer casual fine dining and the exquisite flavours of the English coast at The Gardening Society.
Chef proprietor Simon Hulstone commented: “This will be the first time we’ve brought The Elephant’s offering from Torquay to London and we’ll be using the finest south west produce alongside seasonal favourites from sustainable producers to showcase the delicious flavours of Devon, from the coast to the field. For this exciting new residency at the John Lewis Gardening Society, we have created a bespoke menu to showcase the very best flavours of the season.”
The Elephant will offer a set lunch (12pm – 2pm) and pre-theatre (5pm-6:30pm) menu of two-courses for £19 or three-courses for £24.50. The set menus will change daily dependent on seasonal availability.
Types of dishes include:
● Chicken Crackling – Mayfield farmhouse chicken crackling, sour cream and chicken salt
● Crab – Paignton crab with bantam egg, spelt toast, salsa verde and Tellicherry black pepper
● Cured trout – Kikkoman soy and ginger cured Fjord trout, cucumber, natural yogurt and Cornish dulse powder
● Lamb – crispy New Zealand lamb shoulder with capers, stem broccoli, lovage, curd and roast garlic pepper
● Today’s Catch – sustainably-sourced fish, Cornish seaweed butter, samphire and pickled onions
● Tomatoes – heritage tomatoes, buttermilk, horseradish, wild garlic capers and Nepalese pepper
The Elephant will complete this summer’s trilogy of restaurant residencies on the John Lewis rooftop, following a stint from East London favourites Morty & Bob’s and a taco pop-up by Foley’s.
The Elephant was awarded a Michelin star in 2005 and has maintained it ever since. Having cooked professionally since his schooldays, Simon Hulstone is one of the UK’s most accomplished chefs with a number of awards and accolades to his name including Roux Scholar 2003 and National Chef of the Year in 2008. He has also represented Great Britain twice at the Bocuse d’Or competiton.
Since bringing his extensive influence of traditional and world cuisine to Torquay, Hulstone has put the English Riviera on the culinary map.
A hub for dining and drinking, the John Lewis Gardening Society is one of the Capital’s go-to destinations this season. The Elephant will sit alongside The Gardener’s Arms, Britain’s smallest rooftop pub, and private dining Summerhouses with separate front gardens, perfect for groups.
Drinks experts Background Bars are also present, serving up a selection of cocktails such as Green Society (Havana Club 3YO rum, Escubac, matcha green tea sugar, garden mint, soda) and Rosy Rose (Olmeca Altos Plata tequila, Grand Marnier, grapefruit, rosemary, agave, lime).
A quintessential English garden, The Gardening Society also plays host to 100 ‘Summer Series’ events including gardening masterclasses, wellbeing workshops, yoga, fitness and HIIT training from the experts at HEX. Visit the website for the latest updates and events: https://www.johnlewis.com/content/roof-garden