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Locked In The Dock: Food for Thought

Festivals across the world are renowned for being a multi-faceted hybrid of amazing music, sterling production and of course, fantastic food. Now we here at Hospital are all huge foodies and anybody who’s been to one of our Midsummer BBQs at Studio 338 or Hospitality In The Park will know that we come correct with both the beats and the bites.

 

EARL’S SANDWICHES

First up in our smorgasbord of culinary delights at Hospitality In The Dock is our resident cheese steak guru Earls. Now this sandwich stop and all round eatery has become a personal favourite of our commander-in-chief Tony Colman, and we can definitely see why. Heralded as ‘next level’ and the best food Mr Elektricity has ever eaten at a festival before, this street stall turned restaurant has cemented itself within the higher echelons of the London sandwich community. No easy feat I’m sure you’ll all agree. 

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Earl’s owes its creation to Joe Gray, a graduate from Jamie Oliver’s cooking school and a man who has always taken inspiration from street food. Drawing from multiple cultures and cuisines for his menu, you can expect to see subs loaded with Korean buttermilk fried chicken along with pulled pork atop a deep fried mac ’n’ cheese patty. Each, of course, served with their respectively unique sauces. However, it is Earls signature dish, the one that earned the everlasting respect of Mr Elektricity, that deserves the utmost attention: The Hoxton Cheesesteak.

Seeking to transform the Philadelphia staple, Mr Gray gave this east coast classic a little London razzle-dazzle. The killer combo consists of a mouth-watering medley of thinly sliced seared bavettee steak accompanied with some oozily igneous Provolone cheese. Whack in some sweet confit onions, a handful of some pickled chillies, cover it in Earl’s signature bun sauce and hold it together in an artisan sub roll, and there you have it. Très magnifique!

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With free range flesh and artisan breads all with a host of spectacular sauces, it is not just us who have been overwhelmed by the brilliance of this establishment. Rapper and Dubstepper Pavan Mukhi (Foreign Beggars) also rated this establishment as the best around. With other reviews such as ‘It’s like sex in and around my mouth’ you know you can believe the hype with this one. Located on Earls Street in-between Liverpool Street & Shoreditch High Street stations, if you can’t wait until the Docks (and we don’t blame you) be sure to head on over and give it a little taste. We know you won’t be disappointed.

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PULL & PUNCH

Alongside Earls will be the infamous London-based pop-up Pull & Punch, a vendor dedicated to the low and slow flavours of traditional American BBQ, so expect pulled pork and brisket a’plenty among other BBQ classics. However, they are not your run of the mill BBQ joint, these slow cooked street food staples are imbued and served with a host of different spices, including Korean Kimchi, South Indian Sorpotel, Cherry Wood and even Coconut. A significant step beyond the standard BBQ spread we feel…

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Pull & Punch is the product of a perfect partnership between chef Rich Eversden and bartender Adam McGurk. With a host of experience between these two professionals, it is no surprise that Pull & Punch has the supremely sterling reputation that it does. But if you thought the delights of this pop-up paradise were limited to only food, how wrong you would be.

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Aside from delivering devastatingly delicious food, the Pull & Punch crew also provide a vast array of specialist cocktails. Designed in conjuncture with the unique menu, these alcoholic infusions include; Bourbon Coffee, Cardamom & Treacle Pino Noir and Liquorice & Pomegranate Rose. These kooky cocktails alongside the rich and aromatic meats purveyed by Pull & Punch leave them, in our books, a tour de force of all things culinary. Unfortunately, there is no fixed location for Pull & Punch, and can thus appear out of nowhere, at any time, in any place. So, why risk missing out on the chance to try some of their spicy and smokey treats on the 14th of April at Hospitality In the Dock? You never know where they could strike again…but to be on the safe side, we’d head down anyway.

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THE MARKET GRILL

Next up on our crusade of fine festival cuisine we have The Market Grill, a family owned street food vendor dedicated to producing the freshest and tastiest grilled food for all manner of occasions ‘promoting good vibes and great food’. Can’t argue with that. The Market Grill was born after founder Steve (a cabbie at the time) noticed there simply wasn’t enough quality and affordable food around London in 2008, just as the street food renaissance was blossoming into the New Food Order whirlwind that we are all so enthralled by today.

You can find The Market Grill at Merchant Square on Thursdays where they now run the bi-weekly market ‘Crave’ on Tuesdays & Thursdays. But how did they launch themselves into the forefront of the London street food scene I hear you ask? Surely a grill is just a grill? Wrong. This family run joint pioneered a new way for all things grilled with their famous, neigh, legendary surf & turf wrap. Consisting of succulent Rib-eye steak, king prawns, shredded lettuce, fresh chopped salsa, and skinny slaw all dressed with roasted garlic and tarragon butter. This is no mere wrap, this is a wrap that could reduce Edesia herself to break down in tears of garlic and tarragon infused bliss.

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On top of that their wrap selection includes a handful of other delectable treats including the aptly named ‘G-Wrap’ featuring Peri Peri chicken, grilled halloumi & chorizo with the same salad & slaw treatment but this time accompanied by a lemon and pepper mayo. However, if wraps aren’t your thing the ‘G’ comes in burger form alongside the burger demigod that is TMGs: Bacon Cheese Burger, consisting of smoked streaky bacon, creamy Monterey jack cheese sitting atop a 100% hand rolled British beef mince patty. Go on, it would be rude not to…. Now if that wasn’t enough, The Market Grill features a choice of sweet potato or regular fries for the side, and a separate breakfast menu for those early morning munchies, featuring the classic full English bap alongside a top quality butchers sausage roll (or Egg roll’s for the veggies).

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I think we can all agree that The Market Grill has proved themselves as going above and beyond the remit of the typical ‘grill’. With both an amazing menu and a regular location you can frequent, this fun family owned establishment will satisfy both your needs for hunger and happiness, and we cannot wait to get a taste of them at the dock.

Featuring the best in Sandwiches, BBQ and Cocktails, there is set to be something for everyone and you’d be very much the fool to miss out on the food that we have on offer at the Dock. Oh yeah, there’s also some pretty good music there as well… Tickets are on sale now, don’t sleep! 

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Word by Ed Priest

Posted 22nd November 2016 in Blog, Features