The grisly deaths in Game of Thrones could put some people off their food, but fans of the hit HBO series will get a taste of Westeros with a themed pop-up restaurant opening its doors in London over Valentine's Day weekend (at least, those lucky enough to win the now-closed competition for a coveted seat will be).
Members of the media were invited to a preview of the All Men Must Dine banquets on Thursday (12 February), during which dishes such as suckling pig and 'bone marrow creme brulee' were served up and actors dressed up as Game of Thrones-themed characters provided entertainment and music.
London's Andaz hotel will stand in for the King's Landing banquet hall, with the Wandering Chef and Grosvenor Mixologists presiding over the food and drink menu. The proceedings will include such courses as "The Lies of Tyrion Lannister and his Proclaimed Innocence — Poached Veal Tongue with Beetroot, Horseradish and Oldtown Mustard," according to The Independent.
"We wanted to celebrate sort of all of the excess and debauchery of the "Game of Thrones" world with a recreation of a meeting of the Small Council in King's Landing, so we've tried to bring in all the sort of ideas of excess and luxury, a sort of insight in to how the rich and privileged in Westeros behaved behind closed doors," Jamie Hazel, chef and co-founder of caterers, The Wandering Chef said.
"So we've ensured that this evening is super detailed, bringing in lots of aspects from the show, we've had a huge map of Westeros handmade, we have House Baratheon and House Lannister heraldic banners, the table is covered with many different aspects that were taken from lots of different feasts in the "Game of Thrones" and every course is specifically designed to mimic parts of the book and show," Lalie Jacout, another of the co-founders said.
In a press release, HBO said: "Throughout the evening, guests also sample the finest delicacies Westeros has to offer over multiple courses, accompanied by a carefully selected drinks menu of cocktails fit for a King."
The restaurant, which runs from 13-15 February, marks the release of the fourth season of the series on DVD and Blu-Ray. The fifth season will air on HBO in April.