I love a good pop-up event, and Innocent's 'Five for Five Cafe' didn't disappoint.
First the facts: the cafe was open from 1-7 October and housed in a rather cosy location known as The Tramshed, just near Old Street Station.
The aim was to serve 5,000 people their full five-a-day portion of fruit and veg in one meal, for just £5. Lunch was served 12:30-3pm and dinner was procured in two sittings, 6:30-8:15pm and 8:30-10:30pm. We were lucky enough to grab a ticket, so moseyed down to the shed to see what was instore..
Thoughtfully there was also a 'take-away' area where busy people could pick up a veg pot and smoothie if they didn't have time to stay for a whole meal:
Inside The Tramshed:
The atmosphere was warm and rustic (the fairy-lights helped) with just a dash of community spirit, lent by the communal wooden tables. It felt a bit like a huge informal wedding dinner!
Interesting wall of salad, not for the colour-blind:
Here was the menu of the day, created by TV chef Gizzi Erskine. Diners could choose two dishes from the menu for their £5. The sweet potato brik was by far my favourite.
To raise spirits further and keep the crowds entertained, these lovely gentleman played some bluesy numbers for us. I have to admit it was a good choice of Innocent to choose slightly more *mature* talent, rather than plumping for the usual barely-out-of-their-teens musicians. Much more authentic and on-brand.
There was also a little kid's corner where badges could be made, but no children were to be seen during our visit. I would have been rather tempted to have a go myself, had my self-consciousness not gotten in the way.
On our way out, we were given a little pack of take-home recipes:
A nice touch to round off a nice evening. Maybe I'll give that brik dish a go myself..