The carnival is coming to town. Northcote Road, to be exact. This Sunday, the much-loved “boutique” street of Clapham Junction will be overcome with markets, live music, fairground rides and, of course, a carnival parade. They’re catering for everyone with antiques alongside bouncy castles; but with Northcote Road having become something of a foodie destination of late, it’s not surprising that food will take centre stage. One of the most exciting events is a pop-up branded field&flower @ Dove & Son.
Locals will know Dove & Son and owner Bob as a quality butcher, but for one day only, they will be a cafe, too. Somerset farmers, caterers and meat-box merchants James Mansfield and James Flower (that’s where the field&flower name comes from, you see...) will be bringing their own-reared meat and cooking it up on-site. Their menu hits the spot with a choice of thick cut bacon sandwiches, barbecued minute steak baguettes with roasted onions, and homemade burgers - but we think the best bit is that you’ll be eating meat that’s been cooked by the very farmers who’ve reared it.
Londonist caught up with field&flower’s James, who grew up and now lives in Clapham to ask about what other events were in store for London. “We will definitely be at Dove & Son more over the coming months with our 'pop up' restaurant”, he says, “My experience at the The Ivy restaurant and in the events industry means we can bring great farm produce from our farm to a very discerning clientele in Clapham”. We also asked about their upcoming appearance at Taste of London next week. “We will be serving our traditional English breed beef, that will have been hung for a minimum of 3 weeks”, he says. Sounds good to us. And what does he make of other m-eateries in London? "There are some great producers that head to Borough Market on the weekend, and I think the Rivington Grill in Shoreditch does one of the best burgers in London".
Well, that's where we're off to, then... Let’s hope they don’t disappear off to Somerset for too long before popping up in London again.