It’s almost my favourite time of year Voyeurs, Halloween. The time my heart and soul reach their blackest and when weirdly, I’m at my most creative. I love seeing so many new and inventive Halloween events popping up in my calendar and this year looks set to be a doozie. I’ve already signed up for the press launch of Scream Factory in Kirkleatham and if eating out is your thing, The Experimental Diner is also back with another haunting culinary experience.
This is the third outing for the family firm with a focus on challenging perceptions of fine dining. The idea is that amazing food cooked by top quality chefs doesn’t just have to be enjoyed within the four walls of a boring old restaurant. Sure, some of these places are beautiful, but what if you could take a high end piece of equipment, effectively transporting the kitchen to any unusual location in the country? Well that’s The Experimental Diner in a nutshell. First up we had the beautiful Alderman Fenwick House featuring chefs from Peace and Loaf, this was followed up with a dining experience like no other at Newcastle Castle with food prepared by the guys over at Dobson and Parnell.
The guys over at The Experimental Diner are constantly looking for exciting and unusual ways to explore iconic settings across the region. They’re the same people behind Newcastle in the Sky which saw diners (myself included) suspended 100ft above the river Tyne, so you can already get an idea of the lengths they’re willing to go to to make your dining experience one to really remember.
This October, The Experimental Diner is taking their hungry followers to another location which is steeped in history. You’re lucky Voyeurs because for two days this October, The North East Land, Sea and Air Museum will be the new kitchen for a Halloween spooktacular (yeah, I went there) event. The museum itself is situated in old, eerie aircraft hangers filled with aircrafts from years gone by in various states of repair. It’s a pretty spooky place at the best of times and with a long dark driveway to get up to it, you can guarantee that around Halloween it’s a lot more ghoulish.
There’s also a replica street which recreates a wartime atmosphere for visitors to the museum, something that has provided inspiration for round three of The Experimental Diner. People in attendance can expect a menu that pays tribute to this era drawing on the ‘Grow your Own’ and ‘Dig for Victory’ schemes that were around during World War II.
When is it?
Two sessions will take place at the end of October. Each session will have two sittings, the first at 17.30 followed by a later sitting at 20.00.
Sunday October 29th
This session will see the return of Simon and Hugo, Peace and Loaf’s sous chefs. Both chefs catered the Alderman event so aren’t strangers to unique locations.
Monday October 30th
This session will welcome in new blood to The Experimental Diner, Gareth Clarke, Head Chef at Hinnies in Whitley Bay. Clarke is known for creating dishes based on good old fashioned, rustic Geordie-influenced recipes so if you’re a fan of comfort food in Fall, get booked up!
How much does it cost?
There’s no denying it’s expensive. Tickets will set you back £80 per person which gets you a four course dinner (portions are small), a welcome drink on arrival, and wine throughout the evening. Obviously there’s no bar as it’s a venue that doesn’t normally operate as a restaurant so you’re well catered for throughout the night. Yes, it’s pricey but this is more about the experience, the opportunity to dine in a place not made for dining and some of the most iconic venues across the North East.
Fancy it? Tickets are on sale now…