We do love an excuse to shout about a restaurant we already rate, so imagine our joy at the news that award-nabbing restaurant Verden have introduced a new feasting menu for autumn.
For those that don’t know it, this year-old Clapton gem is a venture from duo Tom Bell and Ed Wyand (formerly of Scott’s) and has won much acclaim for its artisanal wine list and faultless accompanying menu (mostly British with a dash of Europe thrown in).
Adding some much-needed decadence as those icy temperatures start to draw in, the menu champions communal feasting on the most biblical of scales. Think a whole shoulder of lamb sharing centre stage with herb-roasted monkfish tail, flanked by overflowing bowls of buttery potatoes and still-snappy greens. Then a trio of seasonal cheesecakes, wobbling jelly with clotted cream ice cream or a smelted dish of Sticky Date pudding with a steaming jug of custard.
For game fiends (and their friends), the Game Feasting menu will run from mid-November until the end of January. Requiring 72 hours-notice, the saliva-releasing options include Wild Venison Bresaola, giant Game pies alongside whole roasted birds from pheasant to pigeon with piles of game chips. Suitably fattening puddings are thrown in too.
Both menus are available to groups (four to 40 for game, 12 to 40 for the regular). So grab a gaggle of greedy friends and go forth and feast…
Verden’s Feasting Menus start at £30 per person.
Verden – 181 Clarence Rd, London E5 8EE
Words by Lucy Self, our new girl about town and restaurant writer. She is an all round food obsessive and has been writing about food in London for several years, as well as having a steady day job in restaurant PR.