Boustead & Bidois pops-up in Islington from an Opera Tavern and Ten Bells chef


What: Boustead & Bidois

In a nutshell: Chris Boustead teams up with Tim Bidois to bring classic British fare to Highbury Corner.

Summing it all up: Former Opera Tavern chef will bring his considerable experience to a new collaboration with Tim Bidois, a chef from New Zealand. The pop-up will see dishes like potted rabbit and pig, or rolled spring lamb appearing in Islington’s Nanna's.


The low-down

Islington’s Highbury Corner is about to get a swish new pop-up by the name of Boustead & Bidois, headed up by one of the Opera Tavern’s former chefs.

The pop-up will be based inside Nanna’s, where the duo will be serving up their short but sweet menu (which will change regularly). You can start things off with some tangy pickled onions or pickled mussels for nibbles, and then move onto one of the three starters on offer, which include potted rabbit and pig, or cauliflower and cheese. Mains look like pearl barley with pickled walnuts, ox tongue with braised cabbage, rolled spring lamb, and torched mackerel with leeks.

Everything’s very reasonably priced, with only two dishes on the menu going above a tenner, which suggests sharing-style small plates, so it may well be worth ordering one of everything.

Chris Boustead, who spent six years working at the Opera Tavern, as well as Upstairs at The Ten Bells Spitalfields will be teaming up with New Zealand chef Tom Bidois for the venture.

It won’t be around for long, scheduled to run for just five weeks, and given that it’s only on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, we predict it’ll be a bit of a scrum to get a table, so if you want to go, get to booking.


More about Boustead & Bidois

Where is it? Nanna’s, 74B St Paul's Rd, London N1 2LJ

When does it open? 2 March 2017 (for five weeks)

Find out more: Visit Nanna’s website, or follow Chris Boustead on Twitter @chris_boustead