Liverpool’s Secret Diners Club successfully held its first outdoor event on Saturday (8 August) when the unconventional pop-up restaurant hosted a 50-cover dinner in a unique open-air space at The Botanical Garden on New Bird Street.
The dinner took place within the remnants of a Baltic Triangle warehouse which crucially missed a roof, meaning that the kitchen and guests were open to the elements – luckily for all involved, Saturday’s weather was glorious.
As with all of Secret Diners Club’s events, the chefs were located as close to the diners as possible and cooked in a ‘glass-bubble’ kitchen that guests could freely walk through during the evening. The street art covered surroundings provided a beautiful but contrasting backdrop to the two decorated banqueting tables that filled the rustic location.
Lento, The Botanical Garden’s resident woodfired pizza stall, kicked off the evening’s seven-course menu which took influences from the outdoor location and summer season. (Full menu below)
Like with all of Secret Diners Club dinners, the menu was also kept a secret with guests not knowing what they had eaten until the end of service when the full menus were handed out. However, throughout the meal guests were encouraged to interact and guess the courses on blank menus.
Michael Harrison, Chef and Co-Founder of Secret Diners’ Club, says:
“We are thrilled to have successfully held our first outdoor event, it was a risk but we secretly knew that we’d get the good weather – Liverpool never lets us down! We’ve got a few more ideas of unusual locations and will continue to pop-up in places you wouldn’t expect.”
Dates for the next Secret Diners Club event will be released soon, follow @sdc_lpool on Twitter and Instagram to be the first to find out.