Constructed in 1967 and used extensively on the London Underground Victoria Line, this carriage now sits outside within the grounds of Walthamstow Pump House Museum (London). The carriage still kitted out in its original light blue and cream colour palate, complete with tube network maps, advertisements and original upholstered seats occasionally gets turned into a fine dinning experience. Forever changing and evolving, the four course delight, prepared by Chef Alex Cooper and Shiann Stuvier is a fusion of Scandinavian clean and crisp flavours served in a relaxed classic French Brasserie style.
My 2015 Christmas present - a meal for two on a 1967 Victoria Line tube carriage. I had first seen this advertised in a Eurostar magazine on a trip to France the previous summer, and I had immediately thought to myself that I must try to get tickets. But being London, the few times I had checked their website they were always sold out. My wife, who seems to be an expert at getting tickets to limited availability events told me that she had signed up to their mailing list but didn't tell me that she had actually successfully bought tickets until Christmas!
Getting there was easy. We caught a train from Liverpool Street station and walked to Walthamstow Pumphouse museum in around five to ten minutes. On arrival we were warmly welcomed and offered our complimentary cocktail, a smooth whisky poured over ice, served with a slice of freshly cut orange. We were shown to our private 2-person table, neatly laid out with the month’s exclusive menu and a bottle of white wine on the house. The atmosphere was typical of a restaurant, were it not have been inside an tube carriage.
I personally don't use the tube for commuting, and neither do I use it for leisure often as I find walking around London to be just as quick. However what I do know is that on your everyday tube journey, laughter and chatter with your neighbour is pretty much considered inappropriate and frowned upon. In this carriage though it was encouraged with both private and shared tables available. The dinning experience was impressive, with an appetising selection of flavourful and divine courses. After desert, Alex and Shiann the co-owners of this pop-up dinning concept gave a short speech about their project and the beginnings of The Underground Supper Club.
When we did finally leave that evening, feeling ever so slightly merry, we took away an entire new perspective of an underground tube carriage.
How to book
Visit the Underground Supper Club website, www.basementgalley.com, for a list of upcoming brunch & dinner dates and information about the Basement Galley food project. If dates are not currently shown, prices are around £62 per person for a 2-person private table and £46 per person for a shared table - this includes a welcome drink and 1 bottle of wine to share.
The Underground Supper Club is located within the grounds of the Pump House Museum in Walthamstow (E17 8AN). Getting there couldn't be simpler with National Rail (Overground) trains running from Liverpool Street to St James Street station and London Underground (Victoria Line) trains running to Walthamstow Central from Victoria, Euston, St Pancras and Kings Cross. Both are just a short walk away from the Pump House Museum.
Cured salmon, caramelised grapefruit, roasted
hazlenuts, camomile syrup, dill
Rye beer crisp with smoked buttermilk espuma,
cured tomatoes, basil
Seared sea bass, salsa verde, colcannon cake,
Milk ice cream with confit rhubarb, orange curd,
fresh blackberries, honey loaf, coriander