Mudchute Farm is 30 minutes from Canary Wharf, but the plot, containing sheep, llamas, horses and bees seems a million miles from the estate’s towers.
However, the team at Plateau has managed to bring a little slice of the city farm closer to workers, with its latest Honey Gourmand menu.
Head chef Daniel McGarey has included Mudchute honey in all six courses, which include a spiced butternut velouté, where the honey is tossed with truffle crème fraiche and a soy and honey glazed Loch Duart Salmon with fennel, Dorset crab and fennel pollen.
For dessert an impressive dish called The Hive features a light honey parfait, ginger sponge, dark chocolate and malt mousse. Each guest also receives a mini jar of honey from the farm to take home.
But where does this honey come from? Set on Mudchute’s 32 acres are four hives, managed by the London Beekeepers’ Association.
The hives have been on the site since June 2014 and are used for teaching days and also available for corporate volunteer days.
The honey made by the thousands of bees over summer 2015 was collected and is being used by Plateau.
The farm’s blog said: “Our bees have certainly been busy and thriving here at Mudchute.
“Under the watchful eye of the London Beekeepers’ Association and over the summer they produced some beautiful local honey.”
The Honey Gourmand menu is available until Monday, February 29, 6pm to 9.30pm and costs £55pp, or £75pp with matching wines. This includes a £1 donation to the farm.
Where else can you get locally sourced honey? Craft London in North Greenwich.
The guys at Craft London harvested their first batch of honey late last year which was created in their beehives, managed by Barnes and Webb, on Greenwich Peninsula.
The honey will be used in cocktails and they have plans to create their own mead in the future.
Benefits of honey:
- According to the NHS honey can be used for treating burns.
- It can also have antibacterial properties. A study, published by the NHS, found that 13 bacteria strains living in honeybees’ stomachs can reduce the growth of drug-resistant bacteria, such as MRSA, in the laboratory.
- And it may be something your mum always told you when you were sick, but it’s true – honey can soothe a sore throat and help to relieve a cough.