The new series of pop-up evenings aboard the British Pullman hosted by an array of award-winning celebrity chefs, together with Executive Head Chef Robbie Gleeson, is announced for 2014. The line-up includes several household names and each event brings cuisine from all over the globe to the 1920s vintage carriages of London’s iconic train, sister train to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
From award-winning proper ‘pub food’ to ‘Cuisine Naturelle’ with the Royal seal of approval; contemporary Indian cuisine to the UK’s youngest Michelin starred chef; the pop-up dinners on board the British Pullman are exclusively for just 100 guests and each evening promises to be a theatrical culinary experience.
Robbie Gleeson, Executive Head Chef of the British Pullman, has invited some of his favourite chefs into his kitchen for the unique experience of recreating their menus to be served in the art-deco Pullman dining cars.
“Cooking on board the British Pullman is like nothing any chef has ever experienced before - I’m excited about collaborating with the all of the chefs that we have invited to join us and looking forward to working with them to create an unforgettable menu within the constraints of the train’s galley kitchen,” comments Robbie Gleeson, Executive Head Chef.
Following the inaugural pop-up dinner in November 2013, and back through popular demand, Chef Patron Raymond Blanc, OBE, is to return with his team from the critically acclaimed Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire to the Pullman’s galley kitchens on 13th March.
The sumptuous aroma of Indian spices and flavours will take guests on a journey back to India on 8th May with Vivek Singh, Executive Head Chef of The Cinnamon Club, Cinnamon Kitchen and Cinnamon Soho. Bringing a taste of the East with a modern interpretation to the vintage carriages, Vivek is set to craft a menu of authentic Indian dishes with a contemporary twist; drawing inspiration from traditional recipes and pairing spice with matching wines.
Tom Kerridge, Chef Patron of the UK’s only Two Michelin starred public house, The Hand & Flowers, boards the train on 12th July. Tom and his team are set to make a new first by re-creating their pub experience on the British Pullman - becoming the first ‘train publicans’ for the night.
Recognised as the rising star on London’s restaurant scene, Tom Sellers steps aboard with Restaurant Story later this year on 10th October. A protégé of Tom Aikens and Noma, Tom’s culinary vision offers a creative and nostalgic journey through bold British flavours, telling a story along the way.
The host of BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen, James Martin boards the train on 23rd October and showcases dishes from his career spanning over 20 years. His show is a platform for many well-known and up and coming chefs, and a regular slot for many of the names coming aboard this year.
Mosimann’s, tucked away in Belgravia, London, is one of the most prestigious private dining clubs. Its gourmet expertise is a favourite of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge having catered for their wedding and most recently, the team has been supporting the House of Switzerland in Sochi, during the Winter Olympics. Cooking for guests on 13th November, Anton Mosimann’s ethos of ‘Cuisine Naturelle’ is evident in each dish, using only fresh ingredients and avoiding the use of oils, fats and salt.
With Robbie’s exceptional culinary talents, guests on the British Pullman enjoy the very best of creative British cuisine developed over a lifetime of experience as a chef at some of London’s finest establishments such as The Dorchester and through running his own restaurant ‘Gleeson’s’ in Ireland – named ‘Restaurant of the Year’ by Good Food Ireland. Robbie hosts a seasonal tasting menu, paired with specially selected wines and Champagne on 5th June and 11th September and will co-host an evening in association with Laurent Perrier, on 12th April and 12th December.
Dining on board the British Pullman, sister train to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is one of London’s most exclusive and luxurious dining experiences. With its original 1920s art deco carriages and exceptional personal service by authentic stewards in fine livery, the train evokes the golden age of travel; allowing guests the opportunity to engage with a period of time when travellers were elegantly dressed and had the time to slow down and enjoy the journey. The series of events follows the success of Marcus Wareing and The Gilbert Scott’s ‘Best of British’ pop-up event in January this year.