Winter is definitely and truly here with the Christmas trees, lights and markets appearing, but least not forget the pop-ups!
We seem to have cabin fever this year with a number of cabin/lodge themed bars, restaurants popping up to say Hello and no better than our truly beloved Timeout to give us the low-down of what is happening in town, and more importantly for me, what is happening in south-west London.
So this week on Timeout, there was a section on “Peak Pop-Ups” and The Lodge was featured in the Alpine Pop-Ups!
Not actually realising that one of my friends had tried to make a booking for our secret santa party, (party of 12) back in October, I mentioned to my group of friends that I was going to pop along for a “sconce” to see what it was like. Being reminded that it was fully booked out up until Christmas, I decided to chance my arm and hope for a booking for two. Luck was on my side, and I managed to get a cancellation booking for Friday, 5th of December. AMAZING!
So, off we went on Friday, to try out Balham’s little winter wonderland. Unfortunately, due to Christmas-Lb-Awareness, I couldn’t go for full hog, starter, main course, dessert, cocktails etc. We did however indulge in the Deep South Egg Nogg (A naughty yet nice rich Egg Nogg laced with old Forrester Bourbon, Mozart Dark Chocolate Liqueur and cardamom)
The menu was so tempting and I saw the fondues and various other dishes come out which looked so enticing, especially the Curried Parsnip and Pear Soup served with Mini Bhajis and Crusty Bread (£6.50)
On our Health-Kick mentality… come on… It is after all only 19 days until Christmas like, We went with:
1 x Scallops with Carrot Puree, Maple Pancetta, Hazelnut Crumb, Truffle & Beetroot (£8)
CAN I JUST SAY………………..WOW!
The Lodge itself is very small, cozy is how you would describe it, which replicates the cabin feel so I can see why they are fully booked out until Christmas (But fear not, as the pop-up will be around until early February so there is plenty of time to get your hands on some Neal’s Yard Cheese)
As for the staff, they were very welcoming, smiling all the time and handled the endless amount of walk-ins (which were all turned away) with good manner.
A party of around 10 were sitting by our table allowed me to nose in on the dishes they were ordering and the Fondue looked amazing along with the ice-cream dessert (seriously bringing back childhood memories) with a little sweet shop type help yourself brought along to the tables. (FOOD ENVY)
After a few more Gin & Tonics and Cozy Chats, we asked for the bill which came to a Total of £54.00 which was very reasonable in my eyes as mentioned before we had 1 Starter, 2 Cheeseboards and 6 alcoholic beverages.
Definitely worth a visit if you like cheese and cozy atmospheres but would recommend getting your booking in NOW if you want to get a table before February.
It’s been “Lodged” in my mind now!