The Stew House pop-up at The Dead Dolls House, Hoxton

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We went to check out The Stew House at The Dead Dolls House, as we were keen to experience a pop-up there (we had been for a private event previously and so were curious to see what they had done with the space).

The Dead Dolls House is a very cool place to visit with its black and white theme running through it, and candles producing a warming glow and adding to the atmosphere.

They have a great selection of cocktails and also serve Sipsmith Gin.

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We settled down to starters of Jerusalem artichokes, onion squash risotto and a black pudding, fennel & apples salad. The fresh sharpness of the apples and the aniseed notes of the fennel cut through and complemented the richness of the black pudding.

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Next, we all plumped for their venison stew. It was served on a bed of greens and creamy mash potatoes – perfect accompaniments to help balance the meaty intensity of the venison. The venison had the tenderness and depth of flavour that comes from long, slow cooking, and with these portion sizes you won’t leave hungry!

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For dessert, we decided to get portions of the Irish Cream bread & butter pudding and the Lavender chocolate brownie with creme anglaise. The bread and butter pudding was light but with a wonderful hit of Irish Cream, and the brownie was warm, chocolatey and decadent with the right balance of lavender – an enjoyable and interesting variation on the traditional chocolate brownie.

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It was a lovely, hearty, warming meal for a cold February evening! A great way to start the weekend – thanks The Stew House & The Dead Dolls House. See you again soon.

Go check them out quickly if you like a comforting winter stew; The Stew House pop-up is only around until the 15th February, 2014.

Twitter: @deaddollsclub @deaddollshouse #TheStewHouse @LondonPopups

Where:

The Dolls House,

35 Hoxton Square,

London

N1 6NN

For more info on the Stew House pop-up, see Dan Calladine’s London Pop-ups link:

http://www.londonpopups.com/2013/10/the-stew-house-returns-for-2013-in.html

And for more about The Dead Dolls Club & The Dead Dolls House, check out:

http://thedeaddollsclub.com/The_Dead_Dolls_Club/blank.html

http://www.thedollshouse.org/Dolls_House/who.html

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