Pop-up supremo Jimmy returns to Clapham with The Secret Garden

© The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden will feature tabletop BBQs, tasting menus, roasts on Sundays and produce from UK foragers and small farmers
© The Secret Garden

Jimmy Garcia has been winning over Londoners with his culinary creations since 2011 and with summer fast approaching, it’s time for his latest pop-up The Secret Garden to open. Located behind a wooden door, awaits an enchanting and secret world featuring gourmet delights and botanical cocktails. Open daily and on late nights at weekends, the Secret Garden will feature tabletop BBQs, tasting menus, roasts on Sundays and produce from UK foragers and small farmers.

I visited Jimmy’s Underground Pop-Up Restaurant at DVine Cellars in Clapham last spring and absolutely loved the food (review here). The theme of this season’s pop-up is to showcase the best of Britain’s garden produce. Setting the scene for the culinary journey, the space has been transformed by Firecracker Works into an immersive dining experience. Among the menus on offer, will be a seven-course tasting menu at £35pp or the tabletop BBQ at £23pp.


© The Secret Garden

What lies behind the green door?


‘Peas and Love!’ Garden Peas, Pea and Mint Mousse, Neal’s Yard Goat Curd, Hazelnut Crumb, Confit Lemon, Lemon Vinaigrette – £7

Wild Garlic Soup, Crispy Poached Truffle Egg – £6.50

‘Asparagus Bed’ Asparagus, Mushroom Puree, Potato Soil, Parmesan – £8

‘Back to the roots’ Roasted salad of heritage carrots, beetbaby onions and parsnips – £8


‘Run Rabbit’ Wild Rabbit Loin, Pickled Baby Veg, Smoked Rabbit Veloute, Rabbit Bon Bon, Crispy Sage leaves – £9

‘Papa G’s Chorizo’ Chorizo and Guinea Fowl ballotine, Crispy Skin Shards, Chorizo and Spinach Risotto – £9.50

‘Porky Beans’ Belly, Cheek, Smoked Eel and Pork Beigneit, Martok and Bacon Beans – £8

Venison tartare, Wild Garlic Puree, Pontac Elderberry Vinaigrette, Beet Carpaccio – £9


‘Smoked Salmon Sundae’ Ice Cream, Fish Skin Wafer, Confit Salmon, Seawater Pearls. Lemon and Dill Oil – £9

Seared Sea bass, Deep Fried Oyster, Pickled Cucumber, Squid ink Pearls, Cider Emulsion – £8.50

Scottish River Trout, Fennel Ceviche, Lemon Balm, Sorrel Salsa Verde – £7.50


Host your own indoor BBQ at your table, with Jimmy providing all the necessary tools, meats, marinades and salads. You’ll have the choice of three types of organic meats and secret marinades to brush on. £23pp, minimum 2 people.

Organic Applewood Smoked Pork

Corn Fed Chicken Breast

28 Day Aged Ribeye Minute Steak


The Edible Garden – £7.50

Earl Grey Bergamot lemon tart, Crème Fraiche – £6.50

‘Strawberries and Cream’- Macaroons, Jelly, Shortbread, Meringues, Elderflower – £6

Jimmy’s Ultimate Ice Cream Factory Dessert – £6.50

There will also be a yummy choice of sides, bar snacks and cocktails. The Secret Garden opens this weekend and will run in Clapham North until mid September. Booking in advance highly recommended.

For Metro Girl’s review of The Secret Garden, published in July, click here.

  • The Secret Garden, 409 Clapham Road, Clapham North, SW9 9BT. Nearest station: Clapham North. Will be open from 25 April – 13 September 2015. Opening times: Mon – Thurs – 5-12pm, Fri – 5pm-1am, Sat – 12pm-1am, Sun – 12-7pm. For more information and booking, visit Jimmy’s Pop Up website.

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