After Hours is an evening pop-up with just coffee and dessert on the menu. We went along to Store Street Espresso, the location of choice last month, to see what was on offer.

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After Hours environment was industrial but homely, extremely relaxed with friendly service. Best of all, everything was unhurried. There was no rush to wolf down your dessert before the next customer arrived. Our table was for 8pm and we didn’t leave until 11:30pm. Maybe it was the all too easy sherry and vermouth cocktails….

The menu features 4 desserts, cocktails, truffles and coffee. Each dessert was presented with Michelin standards, beautiful piles of enticing textures, colours and tastes. Simply named Rhubarb, Berry, Honey and Chocolate we were fans of each but the stand outs were Berry – a muddle of blackberries picked, pureed, and ‘parfait’d’ with the insanely delicious smoked vanilla marshmallow. Then there was Rhubarb – a pretty pile of roasted, freeze-dried and pickled rhubarb with fresh yoghurt sorbet, mint, and lemon curd, summer on a plate.

The concept might be simple but we were pretty impressed and if you fancy getting involved you’ll be happy to hear that not only is it back next weekend this time they’ve roped Ben Spalding in which can only mean one thing – killer combo! Tickets cost £30 for a 3-course dessert tasting menu, coffee, petit fours & a glass of Prosecco.

Sat 20 Apr, 7:30pm, 8:30pm & 9:30pm

Allpress Espresso, 58 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, E2 7DP

Ben Spalding trained at some of the world’s finest Michelin starred restaurants including the 1* Restaurant 28+ in Gothenburg, New York’s 3* Per Se and 3* Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Royal Hospital Road in London.  At Gary Rhodes’ W1 and L’Autre Pied, Ben was an integral part of the team awarded Michelin Stars in 2008/2009.  Creative Belly Limited takes the excitement and theatricality for which Ben’s food is renowned and uses it to breathe new life into private dining, events and consultancy.
Allpress Espresso are a speciality coffee roaster & cafe based in Shoreditch, London. They roast their coffee daily at their Redchurch Street shop, and supply some of London’s best cafes and restaurants.
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