The London Mess at The Dissenting Academy, Newington Green


We went to The Dissenting Academy to experience the London Mess new venture from Head Chef Jim Thomlinson. Jim is well known for putting his own interesting and innovative twists on classic dishes.

When you walk into this venue, you get a sense of the characters that would have frequented the original dissenting academy that was on this site. Great bright layout with eye catching pieces of art. Loved the vibe guys!

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As we settled down into the main dining room, we were served an amuse bouche of bourbon brined, hay smoked scallop served with an orange ketchup. We loved the hay smoked scallop, with its sweet, salt sea freshness being complemented by the bourbon and smoking process. There was even a spare one on our table that everyone was fighting over!


We had a great selection of Chilean, Spanish and Italian wines to try during the evening with each of our dishes, and had the helpful Max on hand to recommend wines to sample.


Next we enjoyed a mixed starter of battered monkfish cheeks with pea puree, pork neck with purple kale and wonderfully crisp pieces of crackling, and sweet mussels which were brought to life by the spicy nduja (with the sauce moped up by copious amounts of bread). The mussel dish has disappeared off the regular menu, the campaign to bring it back starts here!:

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Even though we were getting stuffed by this point, we soldiered on and feasted on mains of mutton with wonderful depth of flavour; light, flaky baked brill; and a juicy London Mess burger (which we shared to ensure we had room for dessert):

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Jim was concentrating but appeared to be having fun at the same time whilst creating his dessert/work of art:


And the finished masterpiece:


Jim, you did an awesome job of creating visually stunning pieces of food art which also tasted fabulous. It was really enjoyable to watch a culinary master at work!

We sipped prosecco whilst enjoying our dessert of strawberry jelly, rhubarb, crumble, set vanilla custard, chocolate brownie and ewe’s yoghurt – and the whole thing brightened up by the edible flowers:


Thanks Jim, Max, Anna, Connie, Dan and the rest of your team for feeding and looking after us so well during the evening. Also, thanks to Emma for organising the PR re-launch press party of The London Mess – now we are able to put faces to names. We had a great time.

Highly recommend visiting to experience all that The Dissenting Academy and The London Mess have to offer, especially the amazing food art created by Jim. We will be back again very soon!

Twitter: @LDNmessChef @LDNmess @DissentAcademy @DrinkinLdn #foodart @MaximusHaigh @Miss_Cakehead

The Dissenting Academy

92 Mildmay Park
N1 4PR



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International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from:
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