The nights are drawing in, the days are getting colder and Halloween is practically around the corner. Perfect timing for the next train departing Pedley Street Station straight to HELL! No, I’m not talking about your daily commute on the Central Line but Funicular’s new immersive dining experience. Interactive gastronomic adventures are becoming a huge part of the London theatre scene. Passengers on this train are invited to dine on board a luxury train carriage as they embark on their Journey to the Underworld.
This is the second instalment from the theatre and restaurant collective Funicular. Earlier in the year I boarded their previous sold out train ride The Murdér Express, so was intrigued to see how it would differ on the same set.
From the moment you receive your train ticket and leave your belongings with a shrouded devil worshipper. The complimentary glass of Prosecco is well needed, as you wander onto the creepy, dimly lit platform.
The haunting decor with cobwebs, enveloping eerie haze and the shifty, unnerving characters you spy will keep you on warily on your toes.
You’ll find the rest of the passengers around the Seven Sins bar where an array of cocktails, wines and beers are available from mysteriously dressed bartenders. It’s also advisable to pre-order your drinks for the meal. There is no stepping off when you eventually step through the train doors!
Once you board the train you soon find yourself embroiled in ‘the greatest love story never told’ – a dark, romantic twisted fairytale. Where you’re quickly plunged into a journey full of terror, fright and mysterious encounters.
Oh and the odd psycho message on the train windows, as you descend into the deepest, darkest fiery depths of the underworld.
The three course meal served on the spooky journey is curated by 2017 Masterchef: The Professionals Finalist Louisa Ellis and hits all the right notes!
An amuse bouche kicks off the proceedings made from butternut squash veloute, toasted pumpkin seeds and chive oil. One big slurp definitely left me craving a big bowlful.
A plate of black garlic gnocchi followed with sautéed wild mushroom, truffles and nasturtium. I loved how the dishes all skilfully complimented the narrative as it unfolded around you.
Now, I can get irate when a risotto is served up as a veggie option. Be warned! So I was slightly dubious of the salt baked celeriac and leek pearl barley, accompanied with potato crisp and apple foam. Although very similar from its description, the execution came with a twist which elevated it in flavour and texture from its common relation.
Carnivores dined on pan seared guinea fowl breast, celeriac textures, anna potatoes, braised leek and Arran mustard. My fellow diners seemed mighty pleased with their plates.
A delicious chocolate ganache, honey ice cream, bee pollen tuile and honey crisp ended our culinary feast. You only hope now that you keep the contents of dinner safely down as you prepare to meet the Prince of Darkness himself.
It’s an electrifying journey which will have you looking over your shoulder, through the clever use of lighting, music, special effects and creepy actors. This is one hair-raising and spine-tingling ride you don’t want to miss this Halloween.
Journey to the Underworld trains depart from Pedley Street Station, Arch 63, Pedley Street, E1 5B. On until the 7th November. Tickets start from £53, to book visit Funicular.
Disclaimer: We were guests on the Journey to the Underworld and received a complimentary experience. However, all views, opinions and photos unless otherwise stated are my own and remain a trademark of the Curious Pixie.