Pop-up restaurants have been opening in places like London for years – but it is a relatively new phenomenon in Wiltshire. Helen Browning’s Chop House is possibly the first pop-up in the Old Town of Swindon. Helen already has a great gastropub, see review Lunch@RoyalOak, Bishopstone and, as the chief executive of the Soil Association, she clearly wants to bring organic produce to more people.
Tonight I’m with my good friends Wills and Winston. We decide to share a board of charcuterie, sausage, mozzarella, olives, pickles and bread alongside a small plate of barbecued spare ribs. The charcuterie board is great, the ribs are good but the BBQ sauce is just too sweet for me.
Between us we sample a number of drinks including the Hells Lager from Camden Ales, the Sierra Nevada handcrafted pale ale and glass or three of Argentinian Malbec from Domaine Bosquet.
For the main event: I have the bangers and mash with onion jam & greens; Wills has the rib-eye steak; and Winston has the Chop House Burger. It is all really good stuff but it does feel a little like meat overload. To combat that feeling, I am forced to try the cheesecake – which is seriously good.
The Chop House has popped up in the right place and the quality of the produce they use clearly helps….