SUMMER NIGHTS AT PERGOLA ON THE ROOF

Once upon a time, in the distant faraway lands of West London, there lived a rooftop bar.

This magical rooftop paradise had taken up residence on top of the old BBC Television Centre, and was home to four pop-up restaurants and two bars.

It was sunny, beautiful, and known across the land as the perfect spot for some after-work drinking and dining.

They called it… Pergola on the Roof.

pergola on the roof

pergola on the roof

patty and bun popup london

pergola on the roof

rabbit pop up london

We’d heard from several people (including the lovely Katie!) that the best way to experience Pergola was by gathering a big group of friends and booking a table in advance.

This is EXCELLENT ADVICE.

They only take bookings for groups over 6 people, but if you don’t book you might be waiting a (long) while to get in.

As you can see from the photos: it gets busy!

We arrived on a sunny Wednesday at 6:30pm to find the queue already snaking out of the building and all the way round the block. You have been warned.

pergola on the roof

le coq pop up london

pergola on the roof

Seriously: Pergola is probably the prettiest place I’ve ever been in London.

The draping greenery, the pink and yellow flowers, the fairy lights, the sunshine, the turquoise tables… BEAUTIFUL.

We grabbed some drinks (your first one is free when you sign up to their newsletter!) and settled down at our table to analyse the menus.

le coq chicken

pergola on the roof

le coq chips

The food choice is eclectic and FABULOUS.

Salt Yard, Le Coq, Rabbit and Patty & Bun are the four restaurant pop-ups available to choose from, and we tried all of them apart from P&B (mostly cos the queue was long and we were hungry!)

The rotisserie chicken from Le Coq was delicious. Drizzled with a harissa yoghurt and coriander dressing, it was tender and full of flavour and an absolute win.

The skin-on chunky chips with scratchings (also from Le Coq) were also a favourite. The chips are cooked in chicken fat, which makes them salty and flavourful, and the addition of scratchings is simple but effective. Our whole group loved them!

rabbit pop up london menu

rabbit pop up london

rabbit london scallop

Rabbit was next on our list.

I ordered the hand-dived scallop served with garlic butter, chorizo crumb and samphire and it was DIVINE.

I’m pretty sure I made a very inappropriate noise whilst eating it.

They’re cooked fresh on the grill, right in front of you, and I’d definitely eat this again!

Next, Charlie and Emma had both been raving about the deep-fried courgette flowers from Salt Yard, so Jasmin, Erica and I headed over in that direction.

I’ve been a massive fan of courgette flowers, ever since I tried making my own at an Italian cooking class last year. These ones were crispy, perfectly cooked, and filled to bursting with Monte Enebro cheese. They were absolutely DELICIOUS, and the honey drizzle on top was the perfect finishing touch.

Milly ordered the chorizo and piquillo pepper roll, which came topped with fresh rocket and garlicky aioli. It looked delicious and I’m gutted I was too full to try it!

And finally dessert. Charlie opted for the “Salt Yard Mess”, a pot of mascarpone, crushed meringue and strawberries that was as tasty as it was pretty!

salt yard courgette flowers

Pergola on the Roof edited-7

salt yard chorizo burger

salt yard eton mess

Honestly, I can’t recommend Pergola enough. We had SUCH a lovely evening!

It’s rare to find somewhere in London that is not only pretty and serves amazing food, but also takes bookings. In fact, forget rare. I can’t think of ANYWHERE else in London like that!

Unfortunately it’s only open until the 29th of August 2016 so make sure you don’t miss out.

You can book for free through the website or on the phone, and there’s no blocked times for tables either. No need to worry that you’ll get kicked out of your seat after an hour!

Just turn up, sit back, relax, and live happily ever after…

PERGOLA ON THE ROOF

TELEVISION CENTRE
WOOD LANE
W12 7RJ

Closest tube station: Wood Lane or White City

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DISCLAIMER

I was a guest of Pergola on the Roof for this visit. All thoughts, words, images and fairytale metaphors are my own!

  • Shannice Alice

    This looks so magical oh myyy! Also I love your style of writing xo

    shannicealice.wordpress.com

    • Thank you so much Shannice!! :) that’s really sweet of you!! xx

  • This place looks so incredible and it makes me really sad that I won’t be in London before it shuts! Here’s hoping they do it again next year. And don’t even get me started on those chips… x
    Sophie Cliff

    • I’ve got my fingers crossed for a return Sophie!! Not sure it will be in the same place, but hopefully it’s been poplar enough that they’ll re-open. AND OHMYGOSH THE CHIPS. So good <3

  • The food envy is killing me. Just killing me! x

  • Jess and Josh

    Katy, your photography is next level! You should be so proud of yourself!
    The food looks delicious, and so good that you can get a free drink if you sign up to the newsletter. I might bring Josh here for his birthday as we’ll be in London!
    Jess | jessandjoshcook x

    • Thank you SO much Jess!!!! I’m so so proud of these ones haha. It’s so much easier to take good photos with great lighting and a gorgeous backdrop!!

      Definitely try and pop in if you can. Even if you don’t book, there’s plenty of seating and it’s worth it for the food alone! xx

  • I love courgette blossoms, never mastered them on my own, my dad used to make them though stuffed with herby ricotta. YUM!

  • Stephanie Hartley

    I saw you snapchatting this when you went and was SO jealous. I love the flower trellis’ and the food looks incredible. I would be a big fan of having four types of food to choose from, and really want to give it a go now dammit.

    Steph – http://www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

  • Stephanie Hartley

    I saw you snapchatting this when you went and was SO jealous. I love the flower trellis’ and the food looks incredible. I would be a big fan of having four types of food to choose from, and really want to give it a go now dammit.

    Steph – http://www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

  • ninegrandstudent

    All of this looks so yummy – but most of all it sounds like such a good evening. I cannot WAIT to be in London! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Lifestyle Blog

  • ninegrandstudent

    All of this looks so yummy – but most of all it sounds like such a good evening. I cannot WAIT to be in London! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Lifestyle Blog

  • I saw this on someone elses blog and it looks SO good! It’s such a shame that it’s finishing before we’ll next be down in London – but it looks like you had an amazing (and delicious) time there!
    xo April | April Everyday

  • Well these pictures are all kinds of beautiful. Loving your work.
    I’m frankly devastated I won’t be up there in time but lucky you, looks like a cracking spot to spend an evening/live happily ever after.
    M x

  • Oh maaaan! So gutted I missed out on this :( doesn’t look like I’ll get a chance to visit before it shuts either

  • Katie Braham

    Wow this place looks amazing!! I live in west london so I 100% need to pay it a visit asap!

    http://www.katiebraham.wordpress.com

  • Wow, it looks so gorgeous there! The food looks and sounds utterly divine, too! xx

    hannatalks