Fodder pops up anew in Islington, promising ‘a month of local, wild and seasonal ingredients’

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THE FOODIE SCENE is so lively in northeast London that deciding what is newsworthy can be difficult, especially for a site that lacks a food reviewer. But a pop-up in Islington caught Loving Dalston’s eye.

Fodder returns to Brewery Below in Essex Road for a month. The Islington pop-up’s publicist says that a new menu uses “local, wild and seasonal ingredients”.

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Ollie Downey, new co-chef

She gets excited about Ollie Downey, a chef working in the kitchen with Michael Thompson. Apparently, the guys cooked together at Fera at Claridge’s, under Simon Rogan, a name the publicist vocally brackets with the kind of hushed awe usually reserved for rock stars.

The pop-up runs alongside Urban Food Fortnight, an annual celebration of food and produce, which is helping to connect the cooks with local and independent suppliers, among them natural-honey collector Hive & Keeper, Article Number 25, which grows mushrooms using the grounds from London coffee shops that would  otherwise go to waste, and vegetable-supplier Good Earth Growers in, uhm, Cornwall (local?).

Still, Thompson says: “September brings a new season… the hedgerows are brimming with goodies that we’ve been picking and preserving [for the pop-up].”

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* Seven courses will cost you £45. Fodder runs from today to 30 September 2017— Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm — at Brewery Below, Borough Wines and Beers’ nano-brewery and event space at 344 Essex Road, London N1 3PD. Wheelchair access difficult. Booking 

* Fodder supplied no hospitality to Loving Dalston; only the pictures. 

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