The Disappearing Dining Club (DDC) was launched by Stuart Langley in October 2010, “after too many years working for other people in bars, restaurants and members’ clubs.”
Since then DDC has worked on hosting numerous dinner parties in unusual spaces, car parks, department stores, churches and lighthouses, the whole ethos of this unusual supper club concept is to bring great people together to eat great food and drink in private and unusual spaces.
It is also noteworthy that Disappearing Dining Club has also been using their dinner parties to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust since 2013.
In 2012 Langley launched ‘Back in 5 Minutes’, his first fixed venue and now very successful restaurant inside a clothes shop on Brick Lane.
I was delighted to visit the opening of his second permanent fixture concept bar and private dining room inside LASSCO Ropewalk, the renowned architectural salvage warehouse in Bermondsey. This venue is off the beaten track away from the hustle and bustle but nestled among the railway track arches it lends itself perfectly to the idea of a secret and private dining venue.
As you enter the venue enthrals you into intrigue from the offset, with dimly lit alcoves full of treasures, knick knacks and reclaimed furniture. Every item in this venue right down to the chairs and table that you eat on are for sale!
You have a choice of dining venues: Victorian Barge Bar, intimate Textiles Room, Eisenhower Room, so called because it was built using wooden panels from the old US Naval HQ from which President Eisenhower helped plan the D-Day landings.
Menus are of course set but this enchanting venue does not disappoint, drinks wise we were treated to the Serpentine 8: Cognac, Szechuan pepper, sugar, bitters, sparkling wine, grapefruit twist. Carpenters Cup 8: Jensen’s Old Tom Gin, Punt e Mes, birch extract, tonic, cucumber, and mint.
The food is seasonal, fresh, elegant and tasty but not over-complicated. Dining menus change with the season.
Canapés including hot Jerusalem artichoke soup, beef carpaccio with green bean and truffle salad ,curried crab with Guinness bread, hot smoked salmon with beetroot and orange, and potted duck
For mains: Slow roasted belly of pork with chorizo and anchovy boulangère served with kale and salsa Verde,
Desert was a simple square of delicious Eggy custardy bread with raspberry compote.
This place is impossible not to like, it’s hard to leave, it’s secret London at it’s very best. I can’t recommend a visit enough for a truly memorable experience.
Price – From £8 for drinks and £30 per head for private dining.
Service – Excellent: knowledgeable, passionate, chatty staff.
Ambience – Intimate, cosy and quirky.
Bathroom – 4/5.
For further information please visit: www.disappearingdiningclub.co.uk