Design Touches at Food at 52

We’re celebrating the sunshine and being in the midst of the annual pink extravaganza of the Clerkenwell Design Week! We’re super proud of our touches of design here at Food at 52, including:

Our latest nod to artwork with local graffiti artist Leo Stiles giving our shutters a new fresh Food at 52 look.

Food at 52 new shutters Leo Stiles graffiti

Lemon from Food at 52 graffiti Leo Stiles

Which open up to our contemporary stained glass artwork from friend and artist Deborah Sandersley see more examples of her work here.

Stained glass at Food at 52 

Stained glass

stained glass girl food at 52

...Down to John’s hand crafted items including the cloakroom dolls house cabinets and hand crafted feature wooden table everyone cooks around.

Handmade table Food at 52

John hand made doll's house Food at 52

If you’re around the Design Festival feel free to pop into our neighbours Fora opposite us, and the HÅG show room at Seward Street.

Want to see our artwork up close? Check out our cookery classes and join us at 96 Central Street throughout the year.

Introducing new wine tasting & food events!

We're excited to announce our new venture of wine tasting classes in London. We will be working with wine experts and wine makers to showcase our other love: a great glass of wine! In a similar laid back style to our cookery classes, we take the potentially intimidating and explain it in an accessible and relaxed way along with plenty of drink and accompanying nibbles for a fun night out. 

Wine and cheese tasting

We are introducing various new formats from Introduction to Wine classes, exploring Italian wines and exclusive special guest Winemaker's events, starting with Birk O'Halloran from Iconic Wine.

Food at 52 and Iconic Wine

We've listened to how you love a glass of great vino in hand as you stir away. Now we've partnered up with wine expert Ryan Smith and guest Wine Makers to bring you a series of brand new evening treats!

No cooking, no cleaning, no work. Total indulgence!

Whether you're a newbie to the wine scene or seasoned oenophile, we'll use our signature relaxed style to introduce you to the difference between plonk and Pinot. Food to taste with the wine

Wine Maker's evening - Ultimate food and wine pairing
One off event with Birk O'Halloran from Iconic Wines

Thursday 6th April 2017
7.00 - 9.30pm
£95 per person to include five wines and four courses prepared for you

Introduction to Wine Tasting - Everyone loves wine...

2.5 hour wine master class
Starting Saturday 25th March 2017
7.00 - 9.30pm
£60 per person to include seven wines with matching light dishes.

 A Tour of Italian Wines Masterclass

2.5 hour specialist masterclass
Complementing our best selling Italian cookery class
Starting Saturday 27th May 2017
7.00 - 9.30pm
£60 per person to include six wines with paired regional snacks

Still want to cook with us? No worries we've added more dates for our cooking classes, just check out our calendar

Italian vineyard

Food at 52 on Kirstie's Handmade Christmas

We're delighted to have had a full year of fun public cookery classes, corporate parties and celebrities through our door.

All culminating in Kirstie's Handmade Christmas episode airing tonight on Channel 4 at 8pm (Series 3 Episode 3 for if you want to watch it on Catch Up).

Kirstie Allsop Christmas Food at 52

Photo courtesy of Raise the Roof Productions.

And what a year to look back on!

Green and Black's gave us the gift of chocolate on permanent display on our conversation starting coffee table.

Green and Black's Chocolate Coffee Table

We've had lots of really fun public cookery classes, corporate parties and celebrity PR events including with: Gennaro Contaldo, Anna Mae's macaroni, Great British Chefs, Giorgio Locatelli, Costardi Brothers, Ursula Ferrigno, Jimmy Doherty and many more.

We even collaborated with local florist Flor Unikon to make Christmas wreaths! Here's a lovely write up they did of the event.

Thank you so much for joining us this year.
Christmas party cheer at Food at 52

Wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 John, Emily & the Food at 52 Team x

Hari Ghotra cooks Southern Indian with us

Who better than Hari Ghotra of Great British Chefs and creator of the Hari Ghotra spice kits to join our Southern Indian class to see what spices and flavour combinations are created in the South compared with the North?

Hari (above, photo from her site) created a really original vlog on youtube - a great way to share the sights and sounds of curry cooking. Not yet the scents and flavours - for that you'll need to pop along yourself!

After the class she emailed us to say

"I had a fabulous time on Friday night. Such a lovely atmosphere and the school is amazing. Rachel was great too and really insightful about the dishes. Really wonderful experience and I could see how much the other guys were enjoying it too. I like the format of the session grouping people together seemed to really work."

She was also kind enough to share her opinion on our TripAdvisor page:

"I had the pleasure of spending an evening at Food at 52 for a South Indian Cookery class last Friday and I have to say I had a ball. The cookery school itself is like a home from home and the decor is just fantastic. It's like an eclectic mix of trinkets someone who has travelled the world has picked up and brought back with them and found the perfect spot to display them. From the jucier loo-flush to the chapatti presses to the utensils used in the cooking - it was a feast for the eyes. 

The session was super relaxed, we worked in groups so we all just got on with it. The wine was flowing and the teacher was great - she explained just as much as was needed and then we got to sit and eat together which was truly wonderful. The food was fantastic and I will be cooking the dishes again.

If you like cooking or want to do something a bit different on a Friday night with your friends, or as a couple or even on your own like I did, then I would highly recommend it. Fun, food, wine - all the makings of a great night!"

Such lovely words. If you want to check out her work, she has a wealth of information on Indian cuisine through her website

Jimmy Doherty's Seasonal Veg Skewer Recipe

We were lucky enough to have Jimmy Doherty and the Jersey Royals team in creating some really innovative recipes with the seasonal produce. Here's Jimmy with his team and Emily and Andrea, our kitchen porter, (either side of him).


Great recipes to tuck into! They've kindly shared some photos and the recipes which we will pass onto you over the next few weeks.

Here's the first one for Jersey Royal and Halloumi Rosemary skewers - great to add to your party if you're having one this weekend.

Look beautiful and a simple way to create a flavoursome skewer without having to buy bamboo ones.

Makes 6 servings


The mint oil

  • 25g fresh mint, leaves only
  • 150ml extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Coarsely ground black pepper

The skewers

  • 4 x straight woody stems of rosemary around 25cm long
  • 500g Jersey Royal new potatoes, scrubbed (not peeled) and cut in half
  • 360g halloumi cheese, cut into 3cm cubes
  • 1 medium aubergine, cut into 3cm cubes
  • 200g cherry tomatoes
  • Sea salt
  • Coarsely ground black pepper


Add all the mint oil ingredients to the food processor and process for 1-2 minutes until smooth.

Add the potatoes, halloumi, aubergine and tomatoes to the mint oil. Mix well to ensure that everything is evenly coated. Strip the base rosemary leaves from each stem, leaving the top 4cm of each with leaves. Thread alternate potato, halloumi, aubergine and tomatoes along each stem and continue until everything is used up.

When ready to eat, preheat the barbecue or grill.

Cover the leave tops of the rosemary skewers with a sheet of tin foil to prevent them burning. Grill or barbecue the skewers over a medium heat for about 10-15 minutes, turning regularly until the potatoes are cooked through and the vegetables are golden. Baste occasionally with the mint oil. Serve with a drizzle of remaining mint oil.

For well and truly minted skewers, prepare the mint oil a few hours before and leave the ingredients to marinate beforehand.

 Thanks to This is Phipps for the recipe and photos