Last Sunday, after six weeks in lock down and lots of cooking, I treated myself to a day off and The Cookout treated me to a Sunday roast. The Cookout is a start-up who in their own words are ‘democratising fine dining.”
Top chefs, Phillip Britten who has achieved Michelin stars and many accolades in his 40 year career and his senior chef, Victor Lamauve are cooking up a storm and delivering straight to our homes. The premise is that without a swanky London location, vintage wines, an army of sommeliers and fancy silverware and décor, The Cookout can concentrate on what they do best and that’s food. That way, they keep costs down, meaning that fine dining need not cost an arm and a leg.
The founders, Gordon Taylor, Mark Gubbins and Philip Britten opened up their kitchen in Battersea just before lockdown. Not the best time to open a new business, but they have been working tirelessly throughout cooking up great food and spreading the concept of fine dining in, one home at a time.
My Sunday roast lamb Photo credit: Community Editor
I ordered the slow roast of boneless shoulder of Welsh lamb with seasonal vegetables, mash and gravy, and a cheeky chocolate terrine mango and ginger coulis dessert. The description on the website says the lamb is for 3-4 people. There were three of us, and we were hungry, so it was just about right. The food arrived hot off the bike, a shoulder of lamb which was so tender it melted away under my fork, creamy mash, carrots, broccoli and gravy. The roast lamb costs just £45 and a quick glance on the Cookout website shows prices that are admirably low with mains costing under £10 for restaurant quality food made with high grade ingredients.
Philip takes great pride in his ingredients, and being a veteran in the industry, he knows where to go to get the best. My lamb was truly sumptuous, and I can’t help but think there is one less lamb on the Welsh hills because of me.
If you are in the market for Sunday Roast – there’s lamb, chicken, Cote de boeuf and sea bass on the menu but there’s also something for everyday of the week, meals for one as well as those to share. Here are just a few dishes to get your taste buds going: glazed barbary duck, sauced with red wine, celeriac puree and glazed onions; Lamb cutlets on garam masala yoghurt, pomegranate and mint dressing and; Honey glazed duck and orange salad, mixed leaves and toasted pine kernels; and if you are not salivating yet, they also do Bramley apple and Yorkshire rhubarb crumble. Mmmmm…
Lemon tart Photo credit: Prock
To top it all off, it comes in biodegradable packaging, which is a big tick in my book.
And enjoying fine dining at home in my slippers, well that’s priceless!
The Cookout is delivering meals within Balham, Wandsworth, Kennington, Vauxhall, Lambeth, Battersea, Clapham, Brixton, Streatham and parts of Kensington and Chelsea. Pop your postcode into their site to see if they deliver to you.
To order visit: https://thecookoutclub.com
Sunday Roasts can be pre-ordered or ordered on demand.
From left to right, chefs Victor Lamauve, Philip Britten and Harriett Fieldman. Photo credit: Milly Fletcher