Smoke and Thyme: Moving Home

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Smoke and Thyme has had to move the venue for the Autumn Pop-Up at very short notice. The new address is 205 Divinity Road, OX4 1LS

To gloss over all the embarrassing details, a teensy little fire in our oven lead to a dozen very large firemen coming to our rescue, and left us with a five burner range cooker in the garden and a somewhat spooked-out landlord. Continue reading “Smoke and Thyme: Moving Home”

Wine Pairings

One of the most exciting things for me about the Autumn pop-up run has been the prospect of finally being able to serve wine to my guests.
I love paired wines, especially when they have the ability to reveal or bring out something about the food that you would not otherwise have tasted. But a whole flight of paired wines is something that most restaurants only offer with their tasting menus. I wanted every dish on my menu to have a wine to go with it, and for them all to be available by the glass so that people can order matching drinks with every course of their meal.


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Why do a Pop Up?

Since announcing my Autumn Pop-Up run and the (temporary) transition from a pay-what-you-want, set menu Supper Club to a fixed price, à la carte Pop-Up Restaurant, people have had questions. Questions like: why do I have to change everything they like about what I do?
Aside from a perpetual dissatisfied restlessness that results in my pathological need to fix things that aren’t broken, I do actually have some good reasons as well.

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More from the September menu

After last week’s sneak peek, I’m back to tell you about a few more dishes that you can expect if you join me in September. You can check out the full menu here, or you can book for The Autumn Pop-Up run here. Spaces are limited and expected to sell out soon, so book now.


Honey-smoked ham with pear and cashew salad

Home-cured, home-smoked, honey-glazed shoulder of pork (superior to the more traditional leg ham because of the marbling), cut paper thin on my deli slicer (favourite toy) and served with slices of pear and candied cashews. I love curing my own meats – this one takes only about three days in a customised brine of my own devising – before being fully cooked, glazed in honey and smoked for flavour.

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Sneak peek at the September menu!

The menu for the Autumn Pop-Up will completely change every month, reflecting both the changing seasons and the range of dishes I have to showcase.
Here is a sneak peek of a couple of recipes from the menu for September.

Salt caramel brownies with banana ice cream

My brownie recipe is barely changed since I first made it aged 14 or 15 from a Gary Rhodes cookbook in my parents kitchen. The book has disappeared but the recipe was long since committed to memory. The only changes I made were to swap flour for almond meal (about 10 years ago) and adding a salt caramel cheesecake swirl (circa 2011).

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May & June Pay-What-You-Want Dates

New pay-what-you-want dates for May and June!

It seems crazy that this could be true, but these will be the first PWYW dates that I will have run myself since before Christmas. I’m very excited to be back in the saddle and have a hell of a lot of ideas to test out on you all.

The dates are:

  • Friday 25th May
  • Saturday 26th May
  • Friday 1st June
  • Saturday 2nd June
  • Friday 8th June
  • Saturday 9th June

I’ve been hoarding inspiration both from my New Orleans trip and from my own experiments, readings and imagination. Be prepared for such delights as: Continue reading “May & June Pay-What-You-Want Dates”