Appetites, aperitifs and astrology, anyone? With a mere 50 spaces available, join The Mandrake hotel for a unique one-off dinner this July hosted in honour of the Buck Moon and its spiritual benefits
Taking place on July 23rd, The Mandrake will welcome guests to a one of a kind dinner under the luminescence of moonlight on their lush, evergreen terrace Jurema. Honouring the Buck Moon’s return to our shores, the evening is set to be a unique and special occasion, featuring delicious food and the opportunity to reconnect with the Earth’s rhythms and help guests restore their natural balance.
So, what is the Buck Moon? For those that don’t check their star signs and dream charts every morning, the Buck Moon is the Full Moon in July – named after the new antlers that emerge from a buck’s forehead around this time of the year. It’s also commonly called Thunder Moon, Hay Moon, and Wort Moon. In ancient times, it was common to track the changing seasons by following the lunar month rather than the solar year, which the 12 months in our modern calendar are based on.
Alongside the mouth-watering moonlit dinner, guests will be immersed in a bespoke floral art installation by The Mandrake’s artist in residence, and there will also be a Luna soundscape, all taking place under the gaze of the moon and stars.
The evening will be an unforgettable and intimate affair, with only 50 spaces available. Guests can expect a bespoke menu of South American inspired dishes, created by the hotels Head Chef, George Scott Toft, from The Mandrake’s celebrated restaurant, Yopo.
As each space within the hotel is an ode to nature, George’s menu is a continuation of that ethos, and each dish uses hyper-seasonal, sustainable, low impact produce and ingredients sourced from the very best artisanal suppliers.
On the Menu
The event will commence with snacks for the table – think Wholemeal focaccia, wild oregano & olive oil, Gordal olives with lemon & fennel and Spinach, pine nut & smoked ricotta empanadas.
For Starters, devour a choice of Ceviche of prawn, tomatillo & pineapple, or Tomato, peach, tropea onion & almond gazpacho, followed by Main dishes of either Roast pollock with girolles, corn, sherry & shallots, Iberico pork loin, roast artichoke & green mole, or Grilled oyster mushroom with swiss chard, quinoa and truffle.
These will be served with crushed Morghew Estate potatoes & romanesco, and a Green salad with herbs, lime & olive oil. For those with room, desserts will be a Strawberry & buckwheat cheesecake or a Mezcal granita with melon & coconut. Vegan and vegetarian guests will be fully catered for.
The Mandrake have also hand-selected a wine pairing to expertly match with each course, or guests will be able to choose from Jurema’s beautifully curated list of cocktails and wines by the glass if they prefer.
During this special Full Moon feast, guests will be immersed in a bespoke floral art installation by The Mandrake’s Artist in Residence, Emma Weaver, Founder of Palais London. Emma’s residency will begin on July 19th, culminating in the unveiling of her work at the Full Moon dinner on July 23rd, where it will remain for guests to enjoy over the weekend.
For the week of her residency, Emma will stay at the hotel and develop her piece from Studio 5, the space dedicated to the hotel’s AIR programme, which has been running since 2017. The programme strives to provide an interactive playground, where artists and visitors interact in the hotel’s exquisitely designed spaces to create original, unique, provocative, and live works of art. Hotel guests and visitors witness close-hand the creative process of the artists, and are often part of the work itself, becoming an essential element of the photo, tattoo, painting, mural, or music that is created.
Emma herself is a sculptor and maker of installations, working with flowers and plants as her primary medium. Her work is often defined as floristry but through the use of colour and light, many of its qualities bring it closer to painting.
For her piece, Emma will be experimenting with feeding flowers special dye to bring a surreal, ethereal dimension to her creation. Collaborating with a light artist, her sculpture will evolve from day to night, changing colour and shape. The unveiling of her work under the glare of the full moon will be a rare and unmissable experience.
Alongside Emma’s art, the evening will also be accompanied by a bespoke Luna soundscape performance by Sabio Janek, a psychosensory therapist and sound healer, to accentuate the evening’s esoteric energy.
Those wishing to extend the evening are invited to retreat to one of The Mandrake’s sought after terrace bedrooms, to take solace in the energy of the Full Moon a while longer.
Make it happen
When: The Full Moon Dinner will take place on Friday 23rd July from 7pm.
Cost: Tickets are priced at £75pp for dinner or £120pp for dinner and paired wines – both inclusive of service. Prices for overnight stays in the terrace bedrooms are available on request.
How: To purchase tickets, please visit eventbrite.co.uk
Where: 20 – 21 Newman Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1PG