Down in Nine Elms, Robin Gill and his team at Darby's are opening the hatch today, having turned the restaurant into a baker/butcher/deli and wine shop in response to the Covid crisis, with a view to selling off the remaining stock from their restaurant.
"We have wonderful ingredients that we do not want to go to waste," Gill wrote on Instagram, "given that the supermarket shelves are empty we wanted to offer something to our locals who may be struggling to get fresh meals."
With an eye to safety first, they're asking that anyone coming down to get food "adheres to strict distancing in the queuing system outside. It’s easy and we will have it all mapped out, It will be contactless payment only and service will be through the hatch. Our team are cycling or walking here and following all government guidelines."
As to what's on the menu, well the first dishes out of the kitchen sound great with a pasta carbonara, duck ragout with coco beans, veggie laksa with coconut and braised kale with lentils and tofu oil. There are also some pretty splendid loaves of sourdough coming out of the oven too.
"Things are looking up," says Gill of the new venture. "I can see a light at the end of a tunnel."
More about Darby's
Where is it? 3 Viaduct Gardens, Nine Elms, London SW11 7AY
When? Starts 25 March 2020 (Wednesday- Sunday from 10 - 4 while stocks last.
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