Sherlock Holmes Birthday Dinner at The Ivy Café, Marylebone
February 4, 2019
Dining in the dark, dining in the sky, even dining in a prison…There’s no shortage of weird and wonderful dining experiences popping up in London. One experience that caught our eye was the combination of two of our favourite things: food and theatre. So last Monday evening we set off to the Ivy Café in Marylebone for a theatrical dining experience in celebration of the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes.
Located just a stone’s throw away from his home 221b Baker Street, we felt like we’d stepped straight into one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories as we were taken to our table adorned with vintage smoking pipes, mini violins and leather-bound forensic science books.
In collaboration with Naked Grouse whiskey, we were welcomed with the specially crafted ‘Study in Scarlet’ cocktail of blended malt scotch whiskey, ginger liqueur, cranberry juice and grenadine. The entertainment began shortly afterwards as Mr Holmes (deerstalker and all, of course), his assistant Dr Watson and the recently-widowed Ada Innsbruck introduced themselves. A fully immersive and interactive experience, the actors made their way around the tables to spread rumours of a string of inexplicable dinner party deaths.
The script, inspired by both Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories and the 1939-1946 film series, was the work of theatrical dining company Scripts for Supper, founded by 2016 MasterChef Semi-Finalist Annie McKenzie. Accompanied by music composed especially for the evening and some surprise performances from the audience, it was perfectly crafted to be realistic, funny and all true to Sherlock’s sharp tones.
As we followed a series of clues and worked alongside the famous detective to solve the death of the latest dinner party victim, we were treated to a three-course Sherlock-inspired menu. To begin, guests had the option of oak smoked salmon and dark rye bread or indulgent truffled orzo pasta for vegetarians.
The main course was the perfect winter warmer: the Ivy’s take on a classic Shepard’s pie- slow-braised lamb shoulder with rich cheddar potato mash. For dessert, we had cappuccino chocolate cake with light milk mousse and sticky coffee sauce – the perfect finale to our theatrical evening.
If you fancy a dining experience with a difference, check out Scripts for Supper’s upcoming events. For more low-key evenings, be sure to visit the Ivy Café in Marylebone where a relaxed yet stylish dining experience and great service is guaranteed.
A: 96 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone, London W1U 2QA
T: 020 3301 0400
W: The Ivy Café Marylebone
Written by George and Ashley for Luxuria Lifestyle International