Living in London I’ve never experienced a London bus tour. This changed the moment I was invited to indulge in a four-course lunch on a double decker bus. Intrigued and never one to turn down food I accepted without hesitation.
Fine Dining In London
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Bustronome offers a new culinary experience in the city. A play on words combining bus and gastronomy, the traditional sightseeing tour with upscale dining has been a huge hit in its birthplace Paris.
A black and gold
The bus is full of clever little touches. Our French waiter poured the wine placing it in a clear perspex stand which helped hold the glasses steady in transit. Magnetic placemats kept the cutlery stable and the menu’s doubled up as maps with the use of audio pens to learn about unusual stories as the landmarks passed by. A real bonus you’re in control of the commentary unlike other bus tours.
Fresh, seasonal produce is the focus for the fine dining menu on offer which changes every two months. Dietary requirements are catered for with advance warning and vegetarian, vegan and halal menus are available on demand.
The dishes flowed after our appetizer of tapenade on bread with a starter of artichoke and hummus gateau drizzled with a refreshing crushed hazelnut and lime dressing.
They went down a treat whilst being surrounded by glorious elevated views of St Paul’s Cathedral. I regularly walk past this iconic landmark but it was wonderful to view it from a different perspective with a wine glass in hand!
Our next course comprised of a crispy roll with goats cheese served with beetroots three ways. Half way through we experienced the best of British summertime with practically four seasons in umm…two hours. We were treated to thunderous grey clouds on one side of the bus and blue skies on the other by mother nature.
Wine glasses constantly topped up the vegetarian main of herb risotto croquette accompanied with carrot puree, girolle mushrooms and tarragon sauce was also deliciously executed.
It tasted all the more delicious with the smug feeling of being enclosed and dry in the comfort of a luxury bus. To ensure the smooth running of this culinary operation, all the meals are prepared off-site initially then finished and plated in the bus kitchen.
Bringing our gastronomic journey to a close, it was time for the foodie showstopper. A strawberries and ginger pavlova with ginger sorbet. I practically licked the plate clean.
Coffee and tea is served as the bus draws nearer to the starting point of the Embankment. And there ends a very special lunch.
The concept is of course a fantastic tourist attraction and a great way to introduce yourself to London. Although I think it’s also great for Londoners, especially when you’re looking for something a little different than the usual restaurant for a special occasion.
Bustronome runs daily but advance booking is required. The tour and the four-course lunch menu is priced at £65 or £85 with wines and lasts 2 hours. There is also a six-course dinner which lasts 2hrs 45mins and priced at £105 or £135 with wine or treat yourself to an afternoon tea from £65. Concessions for children are also available.
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