Sure, street food is great, but let’s be honest – eating on the street is a bit of a drag. There’s nowhere to sit and you never have enough hands. I hate to think of the amount of precious booze I’ve spilled trying to juggle drinks, plates, cash. I know that the street food movement was all about rebelling against fusty, fancy “fine dining”, but frankly – I like to have a table when eating.
I’m not alone: park benches, low walls, street signs, steps and doorways near street food markets always get taken over by crowds of people crouching down and unwrapping their lunch, creating an impromptu (yet still uncomfortable) dining table with their knees. Near the fantastic Whitecross St Market, dozens of fully grown adults steal a march on a nearby children’s playground, repurposing the swings and climbing frames as a lunch venue – the poor kids wanting to play not getting a look in!
Trouble is, most cafes and bars frown upon bringing food in from outside. Kudos to the ETM group, who have had the brilliant idea of inviting Crabbieshack to host a pop-up at the The Hat & Tun pub in Clerkenwell – meaning punters can enjoy street food while sitting comfortably.
For three nights only from Wednesday 13th – Friday 15th May, 5.30pm to 9pm, Crabbieshack will be serving Old Bay Batter Soft-Shell Crab Burgers (£9.50). There are enough options on The Hat And Tun’s Crabbieshack menu to keep you coming back throughout the three days of crustacean craziness:
- Fennel, almond, avocado and harissa
- Pickled cucumber, chilli, coriander and wasabi mayo
- Leafy sea aster and tartare sauce
- Sweetcorn salsa and lobster mayo
- Nori seaweed, apple, cabbage, spring onion and Sriracha mayo
You can also go for a simple “crab and bun” without sauce and filling, for £7, or crab with salad (£7.50).
Shell out for some of London’s best burgers at The Hat & Tun this May.
I was invited to a preview of the Crabbieshack pop-up as a guest, and originally wrote this post for Tiki Chris