Imagine arranging a night out, when you don’t know where your going. Imagine having a five course dinner arranged, but you don’t know what your eating. Imagine arriving at a venue, when you have no idea what you are going to be experiencing. Well this was us recently and I can tell you, it was blooming fantastic! Trying Immersive dining for the first time was an experience like no other.
Immersive dining, if you are unsure of the term, is aimed to create a sensory dining experience, with all the theatre and creativity of a show. Inspired by children’s story books, the Gingerline Experience, explained by the company themselves as “a fusion of live animation, dance display, flavoursome delights and esquisite set design” and they are bang on with that description. During the experience we were lucky enough to attend, The Grand Expedition, you are transported and immersed in a journey around the world, all from one room. Sounds strange? Well I promise you its amazing.
Now, with social media being the beast that it is, it is very rare nowadays to not hear about and see everything and anything. You can search where you are planning on going and what you are looking at doing, and see up close the venue, food, seating, even how the diners are dressed if you look for long enough. It is so rare that anything gets kept secret. Gingerline have managed to achieve this, and I am so happy for all of us looking to experience it, that they have succeeded in this. They have a strict no photos or filming rule inside of the venue, although you are allowed to take a photo of the entrance and the bar. We all know I am experienced in the interior of a bar or two, but this one was fabulous! You genuinely felt like you were in another time.
When you look at the Gingerline site, you are told a very vague location. So for us, we knew that we needed to be in London, and that our venue was somewhere on the Victoria underground line. Thats it! Then, about three hours before the start, you receive a text giving you instructions on where you need to be. Nik and I were in the pub when the text came through….don’t judge…..and when my phone pinged, I was so blooming excited. It made all my childhood hopes and dreams of being a special secret agent seem real…..Obviously, we committed the text instructions to memory then deleted it off the phone like the the amazing secret agents that we were…… Ok, that last bit is a lie, we didn’t have do that, but if we did it would have added to the drama right….?
Arriving at the location, I was so excited to see that some of the guests were dressed up. (You know I love character things, remember the excitement I had at the Mary Poppins Afternoon Tea) Biggles style goggles and scarves seemed the order of the day. It would seem some had danced this dance before. Damn it, I wanted to embrace my inner Amelia Earhart and be dressed accordingly! You can of course choose to dress up a little should you wish to, the website will give you some idea of your theme, but it is certainly not compulsory.
Stepping into the venue, you are greeted by some of the cast that are totally in character, you step into the story book, and your experience begins…… My lips are firmly sealed on what happens next, but all I will say is that the food was amazing, (my vegan diet that I had informed them of at the time of booking, was catered for with no problem), the experience was like nothing I have ever experienced before, and we had so much fun we will 100% returning for their next themed adventure. I could tell you more, but as in most secret missions, if I told you I would have to kill you…………..
Nik and I had such a great night at this. I love that they do evening experiences, but also a matinee showing on a Saturday. Such a good idea as I know some people prefer a lunchtime event. Good thinking Gingerline. You can book your own Grand Expedition adventure here, or find out what the next expedition is, by clicking the link here Although I was invited as a guest to this fab dining experience, I was under no obligation to write a blog post about it. I just genuinely wanted to share as it was amazing!
What do you think, look fun? Is it something you have tried yourself? Do you like the idea of trying immersive dining? I would love to hear what you think.