Test Driving Bermondsey Larder's Classics at home meal kit

bermondsey larder cocktailHere's what you'll get with a Classics At-Home meal kit for two people - it may seem like a lot but it's quite easy to put together.

What can you tell us about Bermondsey Larder?

This is the new location of what used to be The Dairy when it was back in Clapham. Back in September, they moved home to - you guessed it - Bermondsey and changed their name into the bargain. But it's still the same team who are behind it, including owner and chef Robin Gill (who's also behind Darby's and more besides).

What kind of restaurant delivery is this? Ready to eat, or heat at home?

The Classics meal kit is a heat-at-home job and, despite being slightly taken aback by the amount of boxes and packets that turned up, it turned out to be an absolute doddle to put together.

So, what's on the menu?

It's a three-course meal with snacks and a cocktail. Here's what we had:

bermondsey larder cocktailEvery meal kit comes with an aperitivo - ours was a Bermondsey Larder Americano made with Vergano Bianco & Vault Vermouth Rosso and topped up with soda.

bermondsey larder cocktailThe snack section is almost a meal in itself and just requires laying out. It consists of gorgeous homemade sourdough, a nugget of smoked bone marrow butter, a generous selection of house charcuterie and the most amazing chicken liver mousse topped with a slab of blood orange jam.

bermondsey larder cocktailFollowing that is the pasta course. This was a portion for two of their freshly made agnolotti with Delica pumpkin, Cashel Blue and crispy cavolo nero, which added both seasoning and texture.

bermondsey larder cocktailThe main course for us was beef short rib, served up with a lovely slice of celeriac gratin alongside roast Tropea onions with mustard dressing. On the side was a leaf salad with pickled walnut vinaigrette. It was a very generous serving (and we had enough over for a small bit of lunch the next day). Best of all, it just needed heating up - no actual cooking required.

bermondsey larder cocktailDessert was a bay leaf panna cotta served up with poached Yorkshire rhubarb. This was ready to eat, and we particularly appreciated the delicately flavoured panna cotta.

What's available for vegetarians?

A vegetarian version is available and, in our case, substituted the main for salt-baked celeriac with wild mushrooms and pickled walnut vinaigrette.

Anything else?

Yes, you can also add on extras like their cheese course of Truffled Baron Bigod on fig & walnut toast with honey, a true classic of the restaurant. Plus there's a vegetarian version of the menu and wine pairings available too (125/175ml pairings with each course). And if you're a fan of the menu here, you should definitely check out what's available at sister restaurant Darby's.

It's also worth pointing out that you can order meal kits for one - very handy if you're self isolating. 

Overall thoughts

This was an absolutely lovely meal kit. Not only was it very reasonably priced - especially considering it includes a cocktail - but it was also a real flavour of what the restaurant offers. Seasonal, inventive food that you really don't have to work too hard to get onto the table. An easy one to recommend.

Hot Dinners were sent this as a gift by Bermondsey Larder. Prices correct at time of publication.


More about Bermondsey Larder

Where is it? Bermond Locke, 153-157 Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 3LW

How much? The Classics meal kit is £35 for one, £70 for two. 

Delivery range: 6 miles from the restaurant

How to order: Order online

Find out more: Follow them on Instagram @bermondseylarder.


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