The Disappearing Dining Club have teamed up with Irish giants Guinness to celebrate the re-release of the Dublin Porter and the West Indies Porter. The Brewers Project Suppers are set within a restored Grade II listed townhouse built in 1729 in the heart of London’s Spitalfields. The four course menu takes you on a journey through the townhouse and introduces you to the two new revival brews from the Guinness archives.
Starting with a glass of Black Velvet, a dark take on the classic Bellini – Champagne with a floating layer of Guinness, we learned that this drink was created at the Brooks’s Club in London in 1861 to mourn the death of Prince Albert. The colours of the drink symbolised the black and purple cloth armbands worn by mourners of the time. Despite the gloomy origins, the drink is surprisingly refreshing and the perfect match to our Guinness bread top with potted pork, wild mushrooms and our favourite – the curried crab.
Taking the stairs into the kitchen we were treated to a West Indies Porter, based on a recipe from 1801, brewed to maintain its freshness on long sea journeys to the Caribbean and the Dublin Porter, inspired by working man’s beers, with a recipe dating back to 1796.
Alongside the history, the Guinness menu features Rarebit Smoked Haddock, West Indies Porter steamed mussels, baked oysters, and Venison stew in a delish Dublin Porter gravy. The finale of Guinness & Salted Caramel Ice Cream was the perfect ending to a rich evening.
With just six dates taking place before it disappears, you’d be a fool to miss out.