Eat chocolate for dinner in Searcys at The Gherkin's private dining room

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Updated on 19 March 2019 • Written By Eamonn Crowe

Eat chocolate for dinner in Searcys at The Gherkin's private dining room

Searcys at The Gherkin is home to a number of private dining spaces, and the iconic skyscraper has just added a new series of seasonal packages to its conference and events offering, including a chocolate menu.

Alongside Searcys’ development chef Shaun Rowlands, master chocolatier William Curley (no association with Curly Wurly’s) has created a chocolate-inspired menu for private dinners and events. The five-course feast will be available throughout March and April, as an option alongside the regular private dining menus.

Venison comes with a game chocolate sauce

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The carefully crafted offering includes a starter of cauliflower and Berkshire blue soup, garnished with cocoa nibs, followed by a main of Rhug Estate venison loin with heritage carrots, spring greens, and a game chocolate sauce. A pre-dessert of orange and white chocolate granite will cleanse the palate ready for the show-stopping finale of Willy’s chocolate mousse, served with a brandy snap and a dollop of Bailey’s cream.

Other themed private dining packages include an English sparkling wine pairing, a Perrier-Jouët Champagne “Table of Wonder”, a Harvest Festival supper menu in September, and a Hedonist’s menu showcasing truffles and vintage Champagne in November.

Willy's chocolate mousse will be served for dessert

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For a full run-down of all of the new additions to Searcys at The Gherkin’s events packages, see below:

Master chocolatier William Curley has designed the chocolate-inspired menu

The Discovery of the English Vineyard

Searcys will celebrate English Sparkling Wine Week with a special English wine pairing menu. Available from 26 May to 15 July, The Discovery of the English Vineyard will reveal some of Kent, Sussex and Hampshire’s finest vintages.

Perrier-Jouët’s Table of Wonder

Throughout July and August, the private dining offering will mirror Helix and Iris Bar’s Art of Summer theme, with a lavish ‘Table of Wonder’ created by Perrier-Jouët. The PDRs will be decked out with botanical decorations, and a five-course tasting menu paired with three contrasting glasses of Perrier-Jouët Champagne, as well as other matching wines.

The Harvest Festival Menu

As Autumn approaches, a guest chef will create an exclusive Harvest festival menu for the private dining rooms, celebrating the bounty of British produce in September and October.

The Hedonist dinner party

As Christmas party season gets in to full swing, guests will be treated to a Hedonist menu throughout November and December. The indulgent menu offers scallops, truffles and Iberico ham, alongside Laurent Perrier’s Grand Siècle Champagne and a prestige wine pairing menu.

The celebratory dining packages are available in The Gherkin’s suite of recently renovated private dining rooms. Aptly named after clouds, Alto, Cirrus, Stratus, Cumulus and Nimbus offer enviable views of the capital. The private dining rooms are available to hire for celebratory dinners, product launches or corporate entertainment.

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