London Review: Shacklewell Nights at Restaurants in Residence
My expectations are always high for Shacklewell Nights. I’ve been several times and it is always excellent. A collaboration between supper club veteran Claire Roberson and St John chef Jonathan Woolway, great British food served family style is what you can expect here, wherever they decide to cook it (they are always on the move).
Restaurants in Residence is in an old office block in Canary Wharf looking with fantastic views of the fiscal skyline. We started with some great cocktails (£8 each) on the outdoor patio near the bar, taking it all in.
Tables are for 8, and are shared. Given the location the tables were labelled sales, typing pool etc. We hilariously were in sales, I couldn’t think of a job I would be worse at! It was all good fun though.
We opted for the wine matching chosen by the sommelier at St John (4 glasses for £32) but you can also choose by the bottle. A really vibrant summery dish started the night, Roast Tomato, Bobby Bean & Berkswell Cheese. I loved this, the tomatoes were beautifully sweet and some nice crisp croutons addictive.
Brown Shrimp, Cucumber & Chervil followed. This was beautiful and is responsible for me scooting to my fishmongers to buy some brown shrimp earlier! The salad was lush and the nutty brown shrimps plentiful. I couldn’t resist seconds even though I knew there was more to come.
Braised Lamb, Carrots & Mint Sauce were served for main (with Courgette, Goats Curd, Saffron & Mint for veggies). Both neck and shoulder were served and after the light starters we dived deep into rich flavours here. Both were slow cooked and tender with beautiful flavour.
Peach Sorbet, Elderflower & Schnapps cleansed pour palates and prepared us for the delicious Summer Berries, Meringue & Cream served on a big platter for sharing. Lovely and a perfect finish.
Shacklewell Nights is in residence in Canary Wharf for 5 nights. Last night was the second night. Tickets (at £45 excl drinks) for all remaining nights are still available online and over the phone on the day – do go, you won’t regret it. It’s fun, different, and the food is great.