From Queen Vic to Queen Organic – Barbara Windsor launches the Start Sustainable Pop-Up Restaurant

Start, an initiative by HRH The Prince of Wales to inspire the UK public with simple steps for more sustainable living, tonight launched their first-ever Start Sustainable Pop-up Restaurant at the stunning Lancaster House.

The sustainable restaurant, which opens today for 5 days only, running from 27-31 July, was launched by Barbara Windsor in the garden’s dramatic bamboo supported marquee bar. Other celebrity attendees included Laura Hamilton, Jasmine Birtles, Laura Whitmore, Stefan Booth (who gave an impromptu performance singing and playing guitar) and Max Rogers.

Jamie Grainger-Smith and Gizzi Erskine, who created the menu for the Start Sustainable Pop-up Restaurant, personally delivered the guests a taster of what the restaurant will offer along with a team of chefs dressed in chef’s whites made entirely from recycled bottles produced by the London Linen Group. The launch menu provided a range of locally sourced, organic and sustainable dishes including cucumber and mint chilled soup shot, free-range chicken and rosemary skewers, M&S Scottish smoked salmon wrapped quails eggs and fairtrade dark chocolate brownies.

The Start Sustainable Pop-up Restaurant with Think Eat Drink is a quality dining experience designed to demonstrate great ideas for how to eat and live more sustainably with a menu that incorporates some of the best locally sourced British food, sustainable fish by Marks & Spencer and organic wines. Prices range from £8 for a light bite on the terrace to £50 for a five course set menu in the pre-booked fine dining restaurant.

The Start restaurant experience is all about entertaining and inspiring people with what they can start doing, not what they need to stop doing, in order to help us build a more sustainable future. In gathering all these great ideas, Start and Think Eat Drink have found some of the most interesting British entrepreneurs in food, drink and services – some of which are detailed in the notes below – and a ‘great ideas’ brochure will sit on every table so that interested diners can find out the stories behind the fabulous food and drink they’ll be enjoying. In addition, menus, recipes and ‘how to’ videos are being created for use online so that everyone can find a way to recreate part of this great experience at home.

Held in the truly magnificent and historic Lancaster House, recently featured in the Academy Award winning ‘The King’s Speech’, and next door to Clarence House, the London residence of TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, the Start Sustainable Pop-up Restaurant’s fine dining area is located in the Grand Hall and is one of the most unique culinary experiences of this summer’s calendar. The fine dining option must be pre-booked due to the limited availability of 90 diners at a time. Reservations for this once–in–a–lifetime dining experience can be made at www.startuk.org.

For those who have not pre-booked their Pop-up Restaurant experience, they can still enjoy the splendour of Lancaster House gardens by having a drink in the alfresco bar and light bites on the terrace. With a variety of British cheese boards, freshly made breads, sharing platters and even British favourites such as pork pies and Scotch eggs, the Start Sustainable Pop-up Restaurant Bar is the perfect place for a catch up with close friends, after work drinks or a special evening out. The bar is open daily from 11:00am – 10:30pm.

The final day of the restaurant coincides with Start Day. Start Day on 31 July is free to the public on a first come-first served basis and includes START GROWING: An Open Garden Day at Clarence House (10:00am – 6:00pm) bringing together a variety of thought provoking sustainable ideas on the future of gardening and growing, the START SUSTAINABLE POP-UP RESTAURANT (11:00am – 10:30pm) and the BRIDGESTONE ECO-RALLY (10:00am – 8:00pm) culminating at the finishing line on The Mall with celebrity drivers, in a variety of alternative fuel vehicles from electric to hybrid and bio-fuel .

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