THE GREATEST MEAL WITH THE GREATEST SNOWMAN

Having enjoyed our previous visit to Pedley Street Station so much, Mrs Flavour and I decided to embark on another railway themed immersive dining experience from the clever folk at Funicular Productions. With a wintry chill in the air and mulled wine gently warming our insides, we boarded the train to Birmingham Christmas market and readied ourselves for adventure.

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For those left confused by the last paragraph, let us explain. Funicular productions are a team which combines top quality dining with an immersive dramatic experience. Based out of a railway arch on Pedley Street in Bethnal Green, they’ve created the illusion of a train station, from which departs a train bound for a fantastic journey (to Birmingham in this case). The experience begins from check-in, with character performers interacting with guests, drawing them into the plot of the unfolding play. Tables are arranged as in a dining carriage, with clever use of giant screens, projectors and sound to replicate the feeling of travel. Guests are served a delicious meal while the talented actors play out their plot around them. There are plenty of laughs, character arcs and dramatic tension, all of which would be better appreciated by people with less wine in their systems.

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To be honest, despite thoroughly enjoying this performance, we haven’t got a clue what happened. It was Christmas themed and we didn’t get to Birmingham, but for fear of spoilers (or for fear of admitting we were three Reindeer to the wind), that’s all we’ll reveal.

The true star of this show was the cooking. Running the kitchen was 2017 Masterchef: The Professionals finalist Louisa Ellis, and by baubles can she cook! Her dishes were among the best we’ve tasted in a while, bringing real flair to winter themed courses. An amuse bouche of caramelised cauliflower velouté with crispy onion and yeast flakes was good enough to be gifted to baby Jesus. This was followed by Mrs Flavour’s favourite: grilled varieties of Jerusalem artichoke, grilled globe artichoke and baby rocket. The contrasting textures and rich seasonal notes felt like yuletide on our tongues. Our mains were a 3-bird roast, wrapped in a jacket of crispy chicken skin, served with cavolo nero, parsnip purée, a crisp potato rosti and citrus sauce. A seriously pleasing dish. So moist, meaty and flavoursome, crammed fuller than Santa Claus’ sack with deliciousness. A poached pear with salted caramel ice cream completed the final act. Garnished with a flurry of vanilla snow, we were dining in a winter wonderland.

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Beautifully fed and delighted with our second trip to Pedley Street Station, we hopped in a taxi and followed the north star home. Despite our challenges with the plot, we had tons of fun and amazing food to boot. We can’t wait to see what the folks at Funicular Productions dream up next time. If the standard of cooking remains as high, we’d even sit through Shakespeare……On Ice…featuring the cast of Neighbours.

Book your tickets: https://www.funicularproductions.com/

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