Richard’s friend, Edmund Bing (that he grew up with after they met in boy scouts) and his girlfriend own The Orchard and for Hannah’s last night in London, we decided to try it out.
If you live in or around Brockley and you are looking for a local, I would definitely recommend trying out The Orchard. The Bings have done a great job with the place. It has a very homely and warm feeling to it with its brick walls, book shelf, lamps and chilled out atmosphere. I also love that the kitchen is open and you can see the chef cooking up all the meals.
They have a mouth watering menu and it was hard to come to a decision because everything sounded good.
For starters we had calamari with a teriyaki plum sauce, sesame seeds and fried leeks, which added a great Japanese twist to the dish.
We also shared a beer battered deep fried monk fish with tartar sauce, which was delicious – crisp and light on the outside and moist on the inside.
For our mains, Hannah went for the roasted wild halibut wrapped in pancetta with anna potatoes, artichokes, mussels and nestles.
I went for the pan fried trout on potato puree with spinach, capers and butter. It was an absolute delight. The trout had crisp skin on one side and perfectly soft meat on the other side. The potato puree was very smooth and it all went very well with the capers and butter.
And Richard went for the lamb cutlets with lamb consomee, baby potatoes and spring greens.
For dessert we had the nespoli with ginger bread and cream. I have never tried this before but it tasted very much like baked, halved nectarines with their skin left on. There were some very interesting flavours in the dish and overall I felt as thought it was a very refreshing way to end the meal.
Edmund came and sat with us for a bit and told us about their new menu and head chef. The chefs love to use fresh, seasonal produce and even do a little bit of foraging themselves. Most recently they have been picking elderflowers which they have been using in their dishes and to make elderflower syrup for their drinks.
I think its a great gastro pub. The food, the interior and the atmosphere were very much enjoyed – Thank you for a wonderful evening Edmund Bing!
Approximately £6 per starter and £15 per main