We all knew this day would come, but we didn’t expect it to come this fast. After one year and a helluva ride, including countless house parties, retro gaming nights, kitchen suppers, Thursday takeovers, supper clubs with The Wandering Chef and indoor gardens, London’s most talked about pop-up will at the end of the year open its Little Yellow Door for the very last time.
There is however no doubt they’ll go out with a bang and for the last hurrah, moving in, as the final flatmate, will be England’s very own, Maximillian Fothergill-Stewart Esq AKA Mad Max. An eccentric addition to the already unconventional flatshare, rumour has it, he can’t wait to move his collection of taxidermy into the living room and battle for the title as last man standing at one of the last legendary house parties to be held.
In keeping with tradition, Mad Max will also be the inspiration to the newest food and drinks menu, which always plays upon the nationality of the latest flatmate. This time the Wandering Chef will be brought back to their British roots, taking inspiration from the length and breadth of the island with bar snacks such as Rarebit with Oxford Marmalade Chutney and Glazed Walnuts and The Chip Shop: Fried Fish Butty with Crushed Peas, Pickled Cucumber and Tartar Sauce.
The ultimate Friday Dinner Party will also see a brand new menu, including dishes such as Cheddar Puffs, Stilton, Piccalilli and Mustard Glazed Ham Hock to start, followed by: Beef Shin, Bacon and Horseradish Pie with Mashed Potatoes, Red Cabbage and Winter Vegetables. For pudding guests can look forward to treats such as Winter Spiced Chocolate Truffles and Treacle Tart with Orange and Brandy Cream, before tables and chairs are moved aside and the night turns into a full blown house party, TLYD style.
Since the quirky pop-up bar, based on a fictional flatshare, opened its Little Yellow Door in October 2014, it has rapidly become a West London institution, and the infamous house parties have seen queues lining up far down Notting Hill Gate. They recently created their very own indoor garden and their popular Friday dinners tends to get booked up weeks in advance. It’s the only London venue where bookings can be made via What’s App, and it’s true what they say: Visiting The Little Yellow Door, you may arrive with three friends and leave with ten…
It may be the end of an era at 68 Notting Hill Gate, but when one yellow door closes a blue may open…#WatchThisSpace