While he's known - and much loved in London - pop-up restaurant supremo Jimmy Garcia is setting his sights out of the city for another seasonal venture. Having already planned a secret garden event and deliverable fondue, the chef seems to be on a one-man mission to save the UK's summer - and we're pretty sure he's going to do it. Opening by a gorgeous stretch of river near Hambledon Lock, The Lockdown Lodge is open from noon til night, serving a delicious British-inspired menu.
Reachable by either car, train to a nearby town, or water taxi (we know which one we'll be taking), the new pop-up is on the edge of the Chiltern Hills, and features countryside views from its two storeys. During the day, you can go for a ramble and refuel with cake, coffee and light bites in the cafe, or stick around for the evening, when the roof terrace will be transformed into a ticketed supper club (all adhering to social distancing). Costing £49.50, dinner tickets include five scrumptious seasonal courses, including goodies such as gin-cured salmon with horseradish shavings, Long Horn beef sirloin steak, and raw honey pannacotta with hazlenut crumble. Sounds more than worth the 45-minute journey out of London.
The Lockdown Lodge is open Thursday - Sunday throughout August, and can be found at Hambledon Lock, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 3AZ. Dinner tickets cost £49.50 per person, and there's the option to take the water taxi for £20pp. For more information and to save your space, read here.