Join Nicola White on the newly opened Woods' Quay for an immersive talk and sensory experience of delicious tastes and evocative aromas from the past.
Woods’ Silver Fleet are hosting a talk by mudlark Nicola White at their new central London pier, Woods Quay. The talk will be accompanied by a real sensory experience of delicious tastes and evocative aromas from the past from tiny tasters of recreated dishes, sips of long lost spirits and wafts of tobacco.
Nicola will be digging out some of her culinary and aromatic related Thames finds to show you, and through these she will be exploring what people might have enjoyed eating and drinking during a London night out. From finds such as oyster shells, bones, wine bottles, traders tokens, Roman pottery, clay pipes and more we can find out about the appetite of Londoners down the ages.
Following Nicola’s talk, Doug Gaunt, Head Chef at Woods Quay will be matching some of her finds with carefully prepared small tastes from the past; breads to cordials, mead to roasted meats. And not forgetting the clay pipes of course. As well as being able to see a collection of clay pipes found in the River Thames, you will have the opportunity to admire some modern replicas and if you have secretly always wanted to smoke a clay pipe this could be your chance!
Nicola is excited to be working with the Woods’ Silver Fleet on this unique experience showcasing their passion for extraordinary dining and hospitality on the Thames. The Woods family have a fascinating history, being a family of Watermen since 1866. Founder, Alan Woods is an Extra Waterman to HM the Queen. Needless to say, social distance rules will be adhered to and as such the event will be limited to only 30 people.
Woods’ Silver Fleet
Society for Clay Pipe Research