Hidden Dining @ Ruby presents “Chariots of Fire” 4th/5th August 2012

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Ok ok, so by now if you want a place to watch the Games, you have options. If you weren’t lucky enough to get the tickets you wanted (neither were we), you could always trot along to a park and watch it with thousands of others or, failing that, just watch it on your own telly. It’s true. But what if there was something a bit different..

From the people at Dalston’s premium underground drinking den Ruby’s comes Chariots of Fire – the Olympic screening event you might just have been waiting for… Over the weekend of Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August, Ruby’s decamp to the Castle Gibson-owned MC Motors next door – a charming backstreet warehouse space decked out with oversized chesterfield sofas, theatre lights and retro stylings to boot.

Causing a stir in certain corners for their selection of local and world beers plus game-changing concoctions like the ‘Blackberry Mojito’ and the ‘Chili Apple Martini’, Ruby’s move to their bigger neighbours’ for a two-day residency, featuring all the action from the weekend’s games – including the 100m final – live on the big screen, food by local guerilla gastronomes Hidden Dining.

At the forefront of East London’s burgeoning dining scene, under the various guises including Shacklewell Nights, Green Onions and Hidden Dining founder Claire Roberson have been providing relaxed informal dining in thought-provoking East London spaces and locations for the past five years. For Chariots of Fire, they’ll be setting up a 40-seater restaurant for the weekend, offering guests either home-made bar snacks or some sit-down British Cuisine.


Chariots of Fire will run on both Saturday 4th August and Sunday 5th August 2012. From 12 pm through to 11 pm each day

If you would like to come along please RSVP to rubys@castlegibson.com








In the week before Christmas we were asked by Matthew Herbert and Accidental Records to host the Front of House for the ONE PIG DEAD AND ALIVE evening at Cafe Oto with the wonderful Rosie Sykes and Laura cooking up a three course menu of Pig delights to feed the audience who had come to watch and listen to Matthews performance of ONE PIG in its entirety and a panel discussion, with Tim Hayward, Matthew Fort, Niamh Shields and Matthew Herbert about ethical and responsible eating, farming and food production

Images used with kind permission of Marc Sethi www.marcsethi.com

ONE PIG, DEAD AND ALIVE – Menu and Discussion Panelists

Accidental Records presents a new one-off collaboration between musicians, food writers and chefs as MATTHEW HERBERT joins forces with chef ROSIE SYKES and pop-dining legends SHACKLEWELL NIGHTS / HIDDEN DINING to present ONE PIG, DEAD AND ALIVE.

This inter-disciplinary venture is the latest instalment of Herbert’s ONE PIG project, in which he recorded the life of a single animal from birth to plate, before turning it into an acclaimed album.

Taking place in an intimate space in East London, ONE PIG, DEAD AND ALIVE invites guests to encounter ONE PIG through debate, sound and taste.

To explore ONE PIG’s food and farming themes, the event will start with a panel discussion between Matthew Herbert, legendary food writer MATTHEW FORT (The Guardian), FIRE & KNIVES proprietor TIM HAYWARD, and another soon-to-be announced special panelist.

Guests will then hear ONE PIG, played live. The show features the StyHarp, a brand-new, pig pen-shaped musical instrument which literally plays the sound of ONE PIG’s existence and adds visual drama to its narrative.

The evening will end with a three course meal including pork from the original ONE PIG farm. Food will be cooked by The Guardian’s Kitchen Doctor and author of The Kitchen Revolution, Rosie Sykes, and presented by Shacklewell Nights.

The menu for the evening will be

Pork Rillettes, Cornichons and Sourdough Bread
Roast Pork Loins & Legs & Braised Shoulders with Lentils & Mustard
Bitter Winter Leaf  Salad
Apple Crumble & Clotted Cream


£57.00 Standard

Buy: www.tinyurl.com/onepigdeadalive

Ticket price includes entry to pre-concert debate, ONE PIG concert and three course restaurant meal.

Wine and beer will be available to purchase from the bar.


We are pleased to announce  our collaboration with Matthew Herbert, Rosie Sykes and Accidental Records on ONE PIG , DEAD AND ALIVE on Thursday 15th December 2011

ONE PIG, DEAD AND ALIVE will be the official London launch of Herbert’s acclaimed ONE PIG album, on which he documents the journey of a single anonymous farm animal from birth to plate. It has been hailed by reviewers since its release, with ClashMusic awarding the album a rare 10/10 and DrownedInSound calling ONE PIG “a fascinating journey from someone at the top of his craft“.

The evening will begin with a short introduction and debate between Herbert, Tim Hayward (Guardian, Fire & Knives) and soon-to-be-announced special guests.

Then Herbert’s band, recently returned from touring in Europe and Japan, will bring ONE PIG to life in a live performance centering on the StyHarp, a new instrument which plays and manipulates the samples used to make the album.

After listening to ONE PIG’s life, guests will sit down to a three course pop-up restaurant meal in which, among other things, pork from the same family as ONE PIG will be offered. The ONE PIG, DEAD AND ALIVE restaurant is presented by Rosie Sykes (St Johns Restaurant, Sutton Arms) and Claire Roberson from Shacklewell Nights.


Ticket only and available from link below



Ticket price includes entry to pre-concert debate, ONE PIG concert and three course restaurant meal.

Wine and beer will be available to purchase from the bar.

For further information please email



7.30pm 15 December 2011

Cafe Oto |18 – 22 Ashwin St | Dalston | London | E8 3DL

Field Food and other adventures in Somerset

At the begining of September, we spent the best part of a week  in a field very close to some place called Pilton in Somerset. We caught the last of the summer sun and cooked a four course meal for 250 people in a tent for some very special newlyweds.

We had an wonderful week and an event that we will never forget

We would like to thank the following people with most heartfelt thanks for letting us do our thing in a field in Somerset ……

Charlie Hicks Vegetables, Wendy  at Peters Yard, Paddy at Neals Yard Dairy, Richard Bertinet Bakery, Julian Temperley at Somerset Cider Brandy, Jess at Trethowans Dairy, Elly at Pear Cafe Catering for preparing  the childrens picnic bags for us, Matt the RAC towtruck driver, who towed us all the way back to London from Somerset, Giles and his staff at Soulshakers Ltd for making sure we had a drink or two after service, Ben Bloodworth for been our South West ‘fixer’ and font of local produce knowledge and of course Penny at Tiger Lily Weddings.

But most of all we would like to say a massive thank you to Mr and Mrs J Clark for  letting us be a part of their most amazing day.

Images and copyright used by kind permission of Anna Hardy


Auchentoshan presents Shacklewell Nights

Ox Tongue & Horseradish Bun

Langustines or Roast Tomatoes on Toast , Ticklemore & Sorrel

Roast Cobb Chicken, Peas, Little Gem & Smoked Gloucester Old Spot

Raspberry Cranachan

Neals Yard Dairy Cheese Plate, Sourdough Crispbreads & Hackney Chutney


We would like to thank for their help and most of all their support

Olly, Lucy and DK from MargaretPR, Joyce and Steve Gibson at Castle Gibson, Paul from Lenards of Covent Garden, Justin and Peter from St John Bakery,  Paddy at Neals Yard Dairy, Rob and Elaine at A Bit of What You Fancy,

But most of all a massive heartfelt thanks to Auchentoshan for their amazing support and letting us be part of their Auchentoshan presents ……. series

Image Copyright –  Rosalind Miller

Menu for Auchentoshan presents Shacklewell Nights ….

The menu for the Auchentoshan presents Shacklewell Nights …… on Thursday 18th August 2011 at Ruby House

Ox Tongue & Horseradish Bun

Langustines or Roast Tomatos on Toast , Ticklemore & Sorrel

Roast Cobb Chicken, Peas, Little Gem & Smoked Gloucester Old Spot

Raspberry Cranachan

Neals Yard Dairy Cheese Plate, Sourdough Crispbreads & Hackney Chutney

[Please note that the menu may change due to availability of ingredients.]

Image used with kind permission of Castle Gibson