Fera at Claridges

You’ve met Alice before, she joined me for my very first Michelin starred indulgence at Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner (see the post here).  So I knew when I managed to secure a table for two, she’d be just as excited to visit as me!

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Fera is relatively new to the London fine-dining crowd, having only opened in May this year but you wouldn’t know it, the whole experience is like a well-rehearsed piece of theatre.  Simon Rogan is famed for his restaurant L’Enclume in Cartmel and his technical but organic approach to cooking.  Simon’s London pop-up Roganic had roaring success but unfortunately I never got the chance to go, so when I heard about Fera, I kept my finger firmly on the pulse.

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The design of the room aptly reflects Rogan’s manifesto whilst also nodding to its Art Deco home.  I mean, the tree is just awesome, no?

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Alice and I hastily ordered our tasting menus, fully aware that it may take a little while to churn through THIRTEEN COURSES!

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Puffed barley, smoked eel and ox-eye daisy.

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Stewed rabbit with lovage.

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Scallops and peas in buttermilk.

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Winslade, potato and duck heart.

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Crab, rhubarb, verbena and pork fat.

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Aynsome soup, mustard cream, soft herbs and flowers.

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Just look at those flowers!

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The homemade bread and butter from Bermondsey was quite divine.

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Cornish Lobster, pickled golden beetroot, dittander and sea herbs.  This was lobster at its finest.

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And…yep, we had wine on a Monday night…

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Grilled salad, grilled over embers, Isle of Mull, truffle custard, sunflower seeds.

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And Alice’s favourite, hake in a caramelised cabbage, potatoes in chicken fat with nastartium.

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Hampshire strawberries with sweet woodruff and linseeds.

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Sheep’s yoghurt, milk flakes, black cherries, Douglas fir.

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Hazelnut jelly and banana mint chocolate.

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Carrot and sea buckthorn (may not be everyone’s cup of buckthorn)!

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And I believe these were orange macarons.

Just wow.

Fera’s not cheap but if you’re a real foodie and you’re looking to be at one with nature, whilst eating, then this is for you.  Alice and I were both pretty chuffed (and stuffed) at the end of the culinary procession, so once again we headed on our way, already planning the next extravagance!

9 Comments

  1. janice mateer
    June 19, 2014 / 7:59 pm

    Looks yum…love your blogs x

  2. john mateer
    June 19, 2014 / 8:02 pm

    Just mouth watering . Another must for your mum and I.
    Papi xx

    • June 19, 2014 / 8:11 pm

      Absolutely! Just testing them out before you get here 😉 x

  3. J Byrne
    June 19, 2014 / 8:59 pm

    Ash,
    This made me drool! Looks fabulous!

    • June 19, 2014 / 9:14 pm

      Jeanie! I miss our naughty tea breaks! Hopefully see you soon? x

  4. Alice Hopkin
    June 24, 2014 / 9:39 pm

    Ash can you please stop making me so jealous!! However this is the go to blog if I want Rixh to take me anywhere please forward to him!!

    • June 25, 2014 / 8:44 pm

      Haha, Richard I hope you’re looking at this, someone’s birthday next year 😉

  5. Nicole Mateer
    June 26, 2014 / 11:41 am

    Gonna dream of this now x

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