We had heard about the launch of a new pop up, the Other Club, in Carnaby Street which aims to bring together professional women to network, work and have a place to relax. This place is located on the first floor of Kingly Court and is simple in décor, with a large bench like table that seats 12 women, there is a couple of sofas as well as a bar which is actually a wooden table, tin box and fridge stocked full of alcohol. Don’t let this put you off as its simplicity is its beauty, creating a relaxing, easy going atmosphere.
Women can buy membership for £5 and work from here in the day or visit for drinks in an evening. We went to one of the professional evenings for PR’s specifically. There are numerous dinner evenings for a wide range of professions and these are £25 and include the membership.
As you can imagine for a pop up without a kitchen, for a women’s networking event we did not have high hopes but were pleasantly surprised. As we walked in we started socializing with the PR women that were in. There was a blackboard that had specially selected wines that they had tasted. It was limited but very well thought-out. We ordered a glass of the Sancerre from the chipper bar man and chatted away for 45minutes before we were asked to sit at the long table at one end of the room.
The food was sourced from the downstairs modern restaurant Whyte and Brown that we had never been to before but would certainly be open to going again. The twelve women who attended had a choice of three starters and three main courses which were varied enough to suit all palettes. I ordered the Bangkok Scotch egg for starter, as it was something a little different and my colleague went for the chicken liver pate. The Scotch egg came out first cut in half with a bright orange slightly gooey center. This was served on a pickled cucumber salad which had mint, ginger and lemon grass mixed through it, which cut through the rich meat nicely. The pate was served with thick slices of hearty sourdough that has been grilled and was served on a board with capers and parsley salad. The pate was very rich and creamy. Delicious.
The waiters from downstairs came to serve and clear our plates as the hostess was arranging timings. Although it sounds unconventional it really worked into a casual, low key event that surprised the attendees with their great food and wine options.
For main course I ordered chicken paillard with a tomato and basil salad and my colleague went for the chicken noodle soup. The mains came out fairly quickly after the starters were cleared away. My chicken was tender and came with a generous tomato salad. It was light and summery yet still filling. The chicken was juicy and still piping hot despite having to make the journey outside from downstairs. The noodle soup was served with pieces of chicken, rice noodles and fresh greens. Again this was piping hot and full of oriental flavour.
We slowly finished off our food while networking with the other women on the table and it was far more interesting than I thought. The casual atmosphere made this event relaxed and friendly yet the food really did wow us. We left much later than we had expected and had made new contacts over good food and good wine. Who can ask for more on a Wednesday? As a result Sex Drugs and Bacon Rolls gives the Other Club:
Food Atmosphere Service