REVIEW: The Grand Expedition, Gingerline

Gingerline invites guests on a spectacular culinary adventure with plenty of mouthwatering surprises.

There is much to be enjoyed about Gingerline’s latest experience – but I’m afraid that I can’t tell you anything about it due to the fact it would completely and utterly ruin the surprise of the uniqueness and excitement that the evening brings.

From the receiving a mysterious text confirming the location all the way through to the sumptuous finale, there is plenty to keep guests entertained as they sample some unusual but surprisingly tasty food taking inspiration from around the world and beyond.

What makes The Grand Expedition a fascinating and exciting experience is the way in which it gently encourages you to open your mind to wonderful new flavours (some of which you would never imagine would work) as well as consistently putting the audience at the centre of the show – without ever making people feel pushed to be involved.

This in turn means that the evening has a very relaxed atmosphere, giving people plenty of opportunity a chance to get to know each other (if you are placed alongside people you don’t know). It is a very sociable occasion to be a part of.

While it is thoroughly entertaining, it does feel as though some of the timings are out – meaning that if you had to travel a long distance to get to the venue you may find yourself in a bit of a rush to leave. Sometimes it does feel overambitious – particularly with regards to the numbers of courses that are increasingly difficult to finish – but this is a minor complaint as everything was exciting to sample.

Entertainment wise, everything has been beautifully choreographed to reflect the different parts of the story which is brought to life by some stunning projections that emphasise the journey you are being taken on. All of the performers are enthusiastic and engaging – but never forceful, setting you at your ease with charm.

Meanwhile, for those who love a cocktail – just like the food, prepare for some intriguing mixes – with some designed specifically for certain courses to add to the experience. There are also non-alcoholic versions of the cocktails as well – that along with the attention paid to those with allergies and vegan options reflects perfectly the all-inclusive nature of the evening.

Overall, this a wonderfully entertaining way to spend an evening that is a delight for all of the senses from start to finish. 

By Emma Clarendon

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Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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