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Thomas Straker launches rotating culinary popup RIGHT THEN at Carousel, Marylebone, ahead of opening his first restaurant, ACRE

Chef Thomas Straker, previously of Elystan Street and Casa Cruz, has launched a rotating culinary popup at Carousel in Marylebone; RIGHT THEN, serving up new dishes each weekend until the end of spring, as a precursor to opening his first restaurant, ACRE.

Named after the line with which he opens all his Instagram recipe videos, RIGHT THEN is borne of Straker’s flair for uncomplicated, indulgent dishes that have captivated his followers, plus the restrictions currently imposed by lockdown. RIGHT THEN brings guests a different dish each weekend, with limited tickets available to purchase online for £15 via Ticket Tailor, a week in advance.

After swiftly selling out his first three weekends; starting with his Pici cacio e pepe, followed by Fried plaice milk bun with hispi cabbage and smoked sriracha, and Sourdough pizzas with nduja and wild garlic, this weekend, guests can pick up Potato gnocchi with beef and pork ragu and grilled sourdough served with Amalfi lemonade with fresh mint. An optional pudding of Blood orange and pistachio polenta cake with crème fraîche can be purchased on the door for £7. A new menu will be announced each week, with 500 tickets on sale each Wednesday from 10am. Inline with Covid safety measures, ticket holders are invited to collect their dishes in allocated slots between 12-4pm. 

Raised on a smallholding in Herefordshire and trained under Darina Allen at the Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork, Ireland, Straker’s style of cooking takes inspiration from his natural surroundings and passion for ethical produce. Following his near 10 years experience working in fine dining in London and New York, from Dinner by Heston to Casa Cruz, Isabel and Elystan Street, Straker’s RIGHT THEN popup preempts the highly-anticipated opening of his first restaurant, ACRE, set to be a stylish and refined setting in which to enjoy simple, seasonal, Mediterranean-inspired food, with ingredients sourced from sustainable British producers.

Tickets for RIGHT THEN are priced at £15 and available to purchase a week in advance online via Ticket Tailor: www.tickettailor.com/events/carousel/ 

Image Credit: Thomas Straker

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