Attentive readers of Spear’s may recall the summer of 2012, when – like a spacecraft from some interstellar race of gastronomes – The Cube landed on top of the Royal Festival Hall.
The Cube, with its plate glass sides and panorama from Westminster to the City, hosted Michelin-staff chefs cooking for lucky guests. It was a once in a lifetime treat, and somehow I ended up there four times. We had Tom Aikens, Claude Bosi (twice) and Daniel Clifford.
The idea was so good it’s happening again, only this time it’s The Garden Room on the roof of John Lewis on Oxford Street, this year celebrating its 150th anniversary. Chefs include Daniel Clifford, Sat Bains, Michelin-star holders Jonray and Peter Sanchez-Iglesias (pictured), Simon Hulstone and Atul Kochhar, Francesco Mazzei and winner of MasterChef 2011, Tim Anderson. All the high-tech kitchen equipment is being supplied by AEG.
Aptly for a restaurant opening during the Chelsea Flower Show, the roof garden has been designed by Tony Woods, RHS National Young Designer of the Year.
The values we associate with John Lewis are perhaps not the most glamorous ones – reliability, value for money, a certain stolidity – so it’s a good thing they’re being a bit more daring with this concept; it should bring bold evenings to Oxford Street.
The Garden Room by AEG runs 13 May to 8 June. Tickets are £130 per person, including wine. To win tickets, see here.
Tuesday 13 May Jonray and Peter Sanchez-Iglesias
Wednesday 14 May Tim Anderson
Thursday 15-Sunday 18 May Daniel Clifford
Monday 19-Thursday 22 May Simon Hulstone
Friday 23-Sunday 25 May Tim Anderson
Money 26-Wednesday 28 May Daniel Clifford
Thursday 29-Saturday 31 May Atul Kochhar
Sunday 1-Wednesday 4 June Sat Bains
Thursday 5 June Simon Hulstone
Friday 6 – Saturday 7 June Francesco Mazzei
Sunday 8 June Tim Anderson