* I was invited to Dinner Is Coming for free through Love Pop Ups – London, but rest assured, all words and opinions are my own 🙂
Wedding season is upon us, and I was recently invited to celebrate the marriage of King Jaffery & Margarine of the Trywell, but it wasn’t quite the happily ever after ending we were expecting!
Dinner Is Coming is a Game of Thrones heavily inspired immersive dining experience currently residing at The Vaults in Waterloo. As you enter you are given a coloured band to wear on your wrist. These will come into play a bit later. The evening starts in the Throne room where you can buy drinks from the tavern bar. Our host for the night, Varicouse, was there to get us all seated and ready to welcome the newly weds. It started just like any other wedding, with toasts being made in honour of the couple, special guests presenting special gifts, and the sudden death of the King. Wait! The King is dead?! But who shall take the throne? Well, that was up to us attendees. 3 candidates each represented by a different colour band. We had until the end of dinner to decide whether we wanted to stick with our given coloured band, or swap it to back another for the throne.
And with that, we were taken into the dining hall where the wedding, well now the wake, feast was served! This was to be a medieval styled banquet, and so all dishes were presented in giant bowls and on big platters to be shared amongst tables of 8. First up was pea & wildwood garlic soup, served with asparagus, fava beans, red radish & mint leaves. A big hit with everyone as not a single drop was left! Next were the mains of spiced cauliflower, crispy chicken wings, mixed bean & sweet potato pie, lamb shoulder, roast potatoes & carrots, and a courgette salad. The sweet potato pie was the highlight for me. So creamy & moreish. Finally, dessert came in the form of individually red wine soaked pears with sweet & sour cream.
Whilst we dined, familiar characters (with a comedic twist) made their way round the tables, trying to convince us to support them in claiming the throne. There was the deceased King’s uncle, Jimmy Bannister, backed by his sister, Kirsti, the Queen of Easteros, or Carly-Z with her threatening dragons, or maybe Maragrine deserves the throne. A last minute contender arrives from the North that really shakes up the competition, Jons No. Oh, and there’s the added bonus of a free glass on wine to each in the winning party, so the pressure was on to make the right decision.
Thankfully we chose wisely and were rewarded with our wine, as well as an answer as to who was behind the slaying of King Jafferey. Overall, it was an unforgettable evening. Firstly, the food was amazing, with more than enough to go around, with everyone getting seconds, and even thirds, and secondly, the performances throughout the evening were fantastic. The characters from the much loved HBO show were brought to life in a brilliantly hilarious, and tough-in-cheek way.
Often at immersive dining experiences such as this, one part (food or theatrical entertainment) will lack, but not with this experience. Both the dinner & show were given excellent attention to detail, and I didn’t hear any negative feedback from any audience member as we were leaving. Prices start at £35 for Sunday & Tuesday performances, £45 for Wednesday & Thursday shows, and £55 for Fridays & Saturdays. Tickets include 4 hours of entertainment & a 3 course banquet. Drinks are paid for separately from the bar. This evening is a must for all fans of the show looking to fill the GoT hole that’s been left.