What were you doing 10 years ago? Or, more importantly, where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time? Time is a funny old thing, you blink and it’s 2018, you’re sat at an office desk getting to that 3pm “I desperately need a coffee” stage of the day, and your teenage years seem like a distant, knock-and-run, awkward school disco dancing, memory.
But, if you’re The Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell, 10 years ago owner Anna Hansen inhaled, exhaled and…no she didn’t give birth before you get carried away, it’s a casual café. She did however open the doors to what was to be a huge success, and now we’re wishing The Modern Pantry a very happy 10th birthday. To mark the milestone there’s a whole load in store, and whilst most 10-year olds might spend their birthday eating Colin the caterpillar and moaning about their presents, or lack of, The Modern Pantry will be throwing an anniversary afternoon tea and showcasing a brand-new range of products and limited-edition dishes.
Anna has worked with a range of chefs to make the location as noteworthy as it is and joining her to collab on the special dishes will be some of these close pals of the pantry, to work on an a la carte menu available throughout August. Mums sure to do know how to throw a good birthday bash, and Anna is no exception. The proud parent has rustled up bold flavours and rare ingredients in the past, creating dishes including sugar cured new Caledonian prawn omelette with spring onion (and more), and Krupuk crusted soft shell crab with Singapore style sauce.
The afternoon tea will feature tea smoked salmon, avo and yuzu mayo club sandwiches – because Anna is definitely not a ham and cheese kind of gal – along with tea or Laurent Perrier Rose Champagne (from one extreme to the next and all that), and £1 from every afternoon tea will be sold to the charity #BakeForSyria. Definitely not your typical ten-year-olds birthday. Well, it’s modern, it’s a pantry, and we’re crazy about it…so happy birthday young thing, here’s to food, drink and customised hampers full of goodies.
The Modern Pantry 10th anniversary Special Edition Dishes launch on the8thof August at 47-48 St John’s Square, Clerkenwell, EC1V 4JJ, whilst the afternoon tea launches on the 3rd. The dishes will be available on the a la carte menu until 9th September, www.themodernpantry.co.uk