Frostbite For The Corpse…

On Friday I went on a food based adventure into the deepest, darkest depths of…South Bermondsey. We jumped in a taxi at London Bridge and drove into the ‘derelict underbelly of South East London’. The nearer we got to our destination the less populated and more dominated by imposing warehouses it became. I think the taxi driver thought we were crazy and was convinced we were in the wrong place, however, google maps told us otherwise, so we bit the bullet, hopped out of the taxi and walked (slightly nervously) through the gates of a dimly lit industrial estate. On rounding a corner we were met by this…

We were heading for a festive feast hosted by a group of South East London creatives who call themselves ‘For The Corpse’ (FTC) so, we knew we were in the right place! Frostbite For The Corpse was billed as a ‘unique dining experience’ and that, my friends, is exactly what it was! 

We entered the building…

Followed the tealights up the stairs…

Crept through a tunnel of dark drapes to be wowed by this…

The FTC gang has transformed their amazing live/work, warehouse space into an amazing winter wonderland

with hand crafted stalactites (the stalagmite vs stalactite debate went on for quite some time!)…

We’d been advised to dress warmly and told that Christmas jumpers were strongly encouraged. I didn’t need much encouragement and had sourced the perfect attire…I’m glad I did as it was a tad nippy! However the FTC’ers hospitality knew no bounds, they’d thought of everything, providing a pile of hot water bottles and a kettle for us…

We were ridiculously early but were told to make ourselves at home, plied with mulled wine and encouraged to try our hand at the spud gun shooting range, where we took great delight in trying to knock Macaulay Culkin’s block off everytime he peeked over the crest of the snow capped mountain…

As the other guests arrived we were treated to a steady stream on canapes/starters including some delicious cheese puffs. I’m afraid I was slacking on the photo front at this stage. 

We all settled into our seats at the festively laid tables and were served up the most delicious, succulent, tender, steaming, not to mention HUGE plate of venison stew with mashed potato…

Aptly and in my opinion very amusingly, there were screens all around the room, showing Bambi whilst we ate 🙂

The dessert was an absolute triumph…a gorgeous, melt in the mouth, chocolate log. Deliciously moist and, I believe, flourless. The creator of this masterpiece was Reid Peppard, a lovely lady, who’s  better known for her bespoke taxidermy artworks. I’m really hoping she’ll share the recipe with me, so I can give it a go myself. Dessert was accompanied by steaming glasses of hot buttered rum, something I’d never tried before but will most definitely be trying again.

Frostbite for the Corpse, was a fantastic experience. FTC are a group of genuinely lovely people, who made us feel very welcome and had put so much effort into the every single aspect of the evening. With 2 great events under their belt, I’m intrigued to see what they’ll come up with next! 

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