Crocker’s Folly – Epic Chef’s Table


Crocker’s Folly is one of the most extraordinary London restaurants that I’ve ever come across. Housed in a spectacular Grade II listed Victorian building, it’s been lovingly restored to its former glory by the Maroush group. I was invited to experience the Chef’s Table, an epic 10 course meal.

Crocker's Folly St John's WoodDating from 1898, it was originally built as the Crown Hotel by local entrepreneur Frank Crocker. He had heard that the new terminus of the Great Central Railway was to be sited in St John’s Wood and hired architect Charles Worley to create this masterpiece. There are 50 types of marble, stucco ceilings, Romanesque pillars and wood panelling in abundance. Unfortunately for him, local residents campaigned successfully to have the route changed and finally the line terminated at nearby Marylebone instead.

Crocker's Folly interiorArriving at the restaurant, I admired the outdoor terrace which seats up to 30 people comfortably. We were welcomed with a quaffable cocktail decorated with fresh strawberries, blueberries and shaved chocolate. 

Crocker's Folly cocktailChef Damian Wawrzyniak is a restaurant consultant who has previously worked at Noma, Copenhagen, widely considered to be the world’s best restaurant. He has put together an impressive selection of courses, including our first snack of chicken skins and onion. Carefully balanced on a wine glass, the chicken skin had a great crunch to it. Complemented by the fresh herbs and onion syrup in the bottom of the glass, it was a great start to our meal.

Crocker's Folly chickenNext up was raw lamb – I’d never tried this before but it was perfectly tender and went well with our Lebanese rosé wine, Ksara Sunset Bekaa Valley.

Crocker's Folly chef's tableThe last of these somewhat filling “snacks” was a Josper grilled brined cauliflower topped with caviar. This was easily my favourite, despite me being a self-confessed vegetablephobe (is that even a word?).

Crocker's Folly snackWe moved on to the first of our main courses, a new potato, herring and oat cake. I really enjoyed the herring though the oat cake was a little dry for my taste. Accompanying these was a refreshing white Ksara Chardonnay Cuvée des Papes.

Crocker's Folly snackChef Damian then carved a whole gravadlax salmon in front of us and asked us to come up and choose the size of portion that we wanted. Served with walnut bread and beetroot crisps, the marinade had really brought out the flavours of the salmon.

Crocker's Folly Maida ValeContinuing the beetroot theme, our nex dish was a salt baked beetroot salad with toasted pine nuts and wild rocket essence. As you can see, it looked a bit like a Jackson Pollock painting. I’m not a huge beetroot fan but it certainly went well with the crunchy pine nuts.

Crocker's Folly gravadlaxUp next was one of my favourite main dishes, a hearty venison pie with pickled root vegetables. The courgettes, carrots and girolles were a great mix with the tasty venison and the puff pastry was beautifully light. Our red wine, a rich Elevé Pinot Noir Vin de France was a winning combination with the pie.

Crocker's Folly pieMy pearl barley with mussels was pleasant enough but I was feeling rather full at this point.

Crocker's Folly barleyWe took a break to visit the kitchen and see the chefs and the Josper grill in action. A Josper is a combination of an oven and grill, giving greater heat control and faster cooking speeds.

Crocker's Folly chefIt certainly enhanced our Porterhouse steak and skinny duck fat chips. The quality of the meat was fantastic and the pepper sauce that came with our steak was a pure delight.

Crocker's Folly steakThe first of our desserts was a pretty chocolate sphere that cracked open to reveal a tasty fruit mousse interior.

Crocker's Folly chocolateI just had time to try the delicate and fluffy Baked Alaska with bergamot ice cream before I had to head off. Believe it or not, there was one more sweet treat after this, a “maakaroun”. I’m sure that this exotic take on a classic macaron was another triumph.

Crocker's Folly dessertThe Chef’s Table is run on a seasonal basis and is by invitation only, however do get in touch with Crocker’s Folly if you are interested in attending. It showcases dishes that could make it to the menu if guests particularly enjoy them. Some of the dishes that I tried are currently on the menu, including the salmon gravlax and the Porterhouse steak. I’m crossing my fingers that the venison pie and chocolate sphere make it on there too!

Crocker's Folly reviewCrocker’s Folly, 24 Aberdeen Place, St Johns Wood, London NW8 8JR

  • Yum! I just had lunch and now I want to eat again… can never go past gravalax 🙂

    • I agree, it’s so healthy and delicious! Have a great Sunday

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    What an epic feast! Especially the chocolate sphere!
    Lots of love,

    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

    • That was definitely one of my faves – you can’t go wrong with chocolate

  • the presentation is beautiful
    Those dishes looks yummy

    • They’ve certainly pulled out all the stops with the presentation!

  • MissLilly

    the presentation of the dishes are amazing, everything looks really yummy, just wonder if I would feel hungry after that, as the portions don’t seem big

    • Ha ha, there’s no way you’d feel hungry as the portions were enormous. The risotto and pie were almost full size dishes and the Porterhouse steak was huge!

      • MissLilly

        Ok I’m convinced 😀

  • Kate

    What an amazing looking place, with amazing looking food too! x

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    • You’re right Kate, the food really matched the grandeur of the place!

  • Dressed With Soul

    This is not fair! Now I’m really hungry although I just had dinner 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    xx from
    Bavaria/Germany, Rena

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  • you go to the best places!!

    xo

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  • Would you believe I live right next to Crocker’s Folly and still have only been for a drink?? This makes me want to try the menu! xx

    • You definitely should Jess – and lucky you living there, lovely part of town

      • Its a hilarious area to live in when cricket matches are on 😉 I think they’ve been quite happy Crocker’s has opened!

  • Caroline Schurman-Grenier

    THE CAULIFLOWER LOOKED FANTASTIC!!!

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    • Who would have thought the humble cauliflower could be so amazing!

      • Caroline Schurman-Grenier

        I discovered how amazing it can be in the past few months.
        Revelation

  • Lucy

    I was really sad to miss this but clashed with my first antenatal class. All the food looks divine especially the venison pie. The ten tasting menu and snacks would have seen me rolling out of the restaurant. The chocolate dessert looks wonder as does the decor of the restaurant beautiful Lucy x

    • I hope your class went well Lucy, the food was great and combined with the decor and the company it was a brilliant evening

  • Raph

    It looks delicious!

    Pretty cool pics!

    x

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  • Ellie Adams

    Oh wow, this looks absolutely heavenly Suze. The chocolate sphere particularly caught my eye/made me crave chocolate at 10:30am 😉 beautiful post!

    Elle
    http://www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

    • That chocolate sphere was to die for, you’d have loved it and I’m sure they can rustle up gluten free versions of most of their dishes

  • ♫ Alison M ♪

    What a lovely building and the food looks amazing. How interesting to see the chefs at work

    • It was really interesting to see the chefs at work and the kitchen was immaculate

  • Beautiful place with amazing food! Thanks for sharing!

    xx

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  • Paola

    I’m speechless….. this food looks delicious and the presentation is amazing!!!!
    (The Hotel Saraceno is a magical place, a unique location to stay overnight, but for a dinner in Amalfi coast there are much better restaurants!!!)
    Kisses, Paola.

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    • Yes it was amazing – as for the Amalfi coast if you have any dining tips do let me know, we’re in Ravello for a few nights but got a wedding so most meals already arranged, then Monastero Santa Rosa for one night, then near Maiori for 2 more

  • Wow stunning venue!
    The food looks fab too, but I completely understand you. Anything after the 4th – 5th course for me comes too much 😉

    Lu | http://www.balgarka.co.uk

    • They were very generous as they wanted to get feedback on the dishes, now I just need to up my excercise regime 😉

  • St. Johns Wood is such a beautiful area. I cant believe all the different types of marble and Romanesque pillars . The photographs are beautiful and my mouth is watering. What better than a beautiful dinner in beautiful surroundings. True luxury! X

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    • You’re right Mimi, it really was luxurious in a very cosy and laidback way. So nice to dine in that lovely setting

  • Corinne C

    I’ve never heard of raw lamb before! It sounds amazing.

    Corinne x
    http://www.skinnedcartree.com

    • I was a bit apprehensive about that but it tasted very good!

  • rakhshanda

    Everything looks so yumm <3 Love the interiors!!

    http://www.rakhshanda-chamberofbeauty.com/

  • Everything here looks quite exquisite, especially love the chandeliers. The baked Alaska w/ bergamont ice cream also sounds very interesting./Madison
    Paper Art

    • The baked alaska was lovely – I was pretty full by then otherwise I’d have eaten the lot!

  • Marinella Rauso

    the way you describe everything is always so perfectand makes me feel the taste of the food and imagine the beauty of the interiors.
    great photos.
    xxx
    mari
    http://www.ilovegreeninspiration.com

    • That’s very kind Mari, the interiors and the food were both amazing. By the way I’m coming back to Italy in September, the Amalfi coast this time, can’t wait!

  • Senka Jašarević

    Looks yummy!

    Wanna follow each other?

    New post about Turkey is up: http://www.senkasfashion.com

    Kisses,

    Senka

  • Beauty Follower

    The building is amazing!

    Everything looks so delicious!!!

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  • Andrea Petersen

    O.M.G this restaurant is so beaut and everything on that menu is RIGHT up my street! What an amazing invite! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

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