I actually took all the photos for this post on my phone, as I’d broken my camera. Well. I thought I’d broken my camera. I hadn’t. For some reason, I’d somehow turned the ten second timer on and was too impatient to…y’know…actually wait ten seconds. Or look at the little timer sign that flashed up. It’s fine though, I’d forgotten my memory card anyway.
I’m a nightmare.
Although, actually, the pictures didn’t come out too bad at all. Cheers, Samsung.
On Wednesday, I boldy went to a place I rarely go at all, let alone boldly. I went to West London, miraculously getting a seat on the Central line and ending up in Shepherd’s Bush. I took the short walk to Pergola On The Roof, a pop-up dining experience being hosted on the roof at Television Centre. I’d already seen photos and blog posts about the rooftop restaurant, and we managed to luck out with it being one of the hottest days of the year on our visit!
Pergola on the Roof, as you might just be able to guess by the name, is a rooftop street food pop-up. The space is actually pretty big, with lots of tables underneath a flower-adorned trellis, and a lower section with more tables and big comfy booth type ‘day beds’. The whole thing has a proper holiday vibe when it’s sunny, and I almost thought I was in Spain rather than London. I suppose the 30-ish degree heat helped a bit with that.
If you sign up on Pergola’s website, you can get yourself a free drink when you get there. It’s basically a house punch that tastes wonderfully sweet and boozy. Although some of the girls managed to get pints and we only got half pints – and they don’t actually sell the punch. Which was sad when I wanted another one. Thankfully, there are lots of other drink options to get slightly sozzled on, including a gin and prosecco cocktail. Yuuum.
I was actually really surprised that there weren’t QUEUES FOR DAYS for any of the stalls, or the bar for that matter. Despite being a big, full space, it seemed like all four stalls were getting through orders in a super speedy fashion. You go Pergola.
There are four food outlets to choose from – LeCoq, Rabbit, Salt Yard and Patty and Bun, offering a shortened version of their tasty menus.
The first lovely foodie goodness that made its way to my face was courtesy of LeCoq. Based in Islington, they’re known for their rotisserie meals, so I obviously had to try some Coqulet chicken with harissa yoghurt, coriander and pickled chilli. With all the sauce smothered over it, it was definitely a messy affair and I struggled a bit with quite flimsy cutlery. But boy, did it taste SO GOOD.
Because my LeCoq binge TOTALLY counts as a starter (right?), next up was a Chorizo, rocket, padron pepper and aioli roll from Salt Yard. And it was AMAZING. The chorizo was juicy and full of flavour, working really well with the garlic aioli and peppers so well.
Charlie had told me how good the Salt Yard Eton Mess was. And to prove you should always listen to her, she was most definitely right. Sweet strawberries, crunchy meringue and a soft, smooth mascarpone made the perfect dessert to complete my evening of mega-indulgence.
I loved the Pergola experience, and spending an evening with great food and even greater company in a stunning setting is basically what summer in London should be all about.
Pergola on the Roof is taking place until the 29th September.
Pergola on the Roof
Television Centre, Wood Lane, W12 7RJ
*I was given some spends for the evening – food choices and thoughts my own!