What about living the feeling of a cozy, warm dinner served in a mountain chalet in one of the busiest city of the World. In London is now possible. If you forget about the city’s chaos and its intense rhythm, you may find the perfect spot to feel far away from all that.
The Fondue Lodge is a lively experience with 50 fondue passionate people enjoying well sourced food and an après ski atmosphere including live music. The pop-ups happen at the Candlemaker, Clapham Road.
GastroInsider met with Tom, owner and founder of The Fondue Lodge to understand the idea behind bringing the ski season to London and you can read the interview below.
We’ve asked Tom, the Lodge founder, how it all started.
Both Tom G and I (Tom S) grew up being involved in some form of hospitality in some way or another, somewhere in the world...
We both ended up living in London. I had been running club night events under the name HYDE, which aimed to provide a night out which offered much more than just and DJ & dance floor, but also an experience. Tom G meanwhile, had become a General Manager of a well-known catering company.
Pop up dinners’ demand has grown a lot recently, as people don’t crave just for the menu itself but for an exciting dining experience...but why recreating a Chalet atmosphere in London?
When we sat down and started talking about the enjoyment we both get from entertaining others, we immediately thought about pop-up restaurants. I think the intrigue came from how a pop-up restaurant/dining experience can quickly transform a simple idea into a real business. It was from then that we both started brainstorming ideas, which would combine our key strengths.
After we return from what can only be described as an epic ski trip in St Anton, Austria, that the idea hit us. How could we bring the lively yet warm and cosy atmosphere of a real après-ski dining experience to London... it needed it!
There were already places doing Fondue, but they didn't offer the true experience of what it is like to dine in the mountains with the alpine lodge feel, live music and great company.
So the Fondue isn't all?
The food is obviously very important for starting a successful pop-up dining experience, but just as important for us is the atmosphere that we try to create. We spent many evenings going to open mic nights to make sure we found the right music for the event until we found Jack, the lead singer of a band called The Daisy Cutters (he is unreal!). Our collection of ski-related memorabilia has also come in handy to decorate the venue accordingly.
Are Londoners enjoying a “journey” to the mountains?
We have five sold out events coming up in February (with more dates to be announced shortly!) and people requesting private events. We are both very happy with how things are going so far and look forward to the ride ahead.
To know more about The Lodge and buy your tickets, go here.