This month, New Friends Table is celebrating the English delicacy of Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb, bringing it from the Rhubarb Triangle in West Yorkshire to their secret London triangular dining room, on the edge of the Shoreditch Triangle and to their hidden Table in Paris. Thus we will follow the 19th century journey it once made by express train from West Yorkshire to Spitalfields Market in East London and to Paris, for the short growing season between Christmas and Easter.
Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb, which has Protected Designation of Origin status, is still grown in dark sheds and harvested by candle-light. It grows so fast that you can actually hear it creak as the stalks form and the leafy buds unfold. It has a delicate flavour and a rosy pink blush and will be a real treat for New Friends, who come to the Table from across the world, bringing with them curiosity and big appetites.
‘Crimson Crown’ will be supplied by E. Oldroyd and Sons Ltd, a family firm of traditional rhubarb growers in the heart of the famous Rhubarb Triangle, West Yorkshire, an area covering only 9 square miles.
New Friends Table, London, fittingly takes place in an intimate triangular dining room, lit only by candles, located in a small area of East London known as the Shoreditch Triangle. On February 25th the seven course feasting menu will include rhubarb champagne, rhubarb relish, rhubarb cured herring and rhubarb pudding. The Paris Table will introduce Rhubarb Royale and remind Paris just how good this vegetable is.
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