Garden Open for Autumn Colours on Sunday 6th November, the last garden open day for 2022
Lecture, Bento Box Lunch, afternoon tea, craft stalls. . .
Special Brewery Tour, Sake tasting and Lunch to celebrate the World Sake Day on Saturday 1st October.
Full Moon Viewing & Dinner + Sake on Saturday 10th September
No public event
Open Garden with music, lunch, tea & cakes and games
Sunday 17th July from 11am – 5pm (Gate opens at 10am for keen gardeners)
£10 per ticket
Fully Booked / NO Day Ticket Available
We have been very busy with private parties and the members visiting from Japan during the month of June when the borders are the prettiest.
We decided last minute, to be able to show and share our summer gardens with the local people, to open the gardens to the public on Sunday 17th July before the summer ends!
It has been so dry recently and the gardens are not quite as good as they may be, but we are busy watering now for the open day.
On 17th July, there will be a jazz band playing in the kitchen garden, lots of Japanese picnic food cooked by a London chef, tea and cakes, matcha tea in the Japanese Garden + English garden games.
Lunch will be served in picnic boxes, so that you can take them out into the garden if you wish and eat in picnic style while you enjoy the music.
Lunch options are; Wagyu beef Teriyaki and rice, Kasu marinated Salmon and rice, Chicken kara-age curry. Or you have option of Strawberry Swiss Roll or Kasu lemon Chiffon cake with either matcha tea or a glass of sake from the tea house in the Japanese garden (pictures below)
We will be limiting the numbers of entry, so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.
£10 per advance entry ticket, children under 12 free, annual garden and sake members are free, vouchers accepted, £12 per adult on the day.
Obanzai Night in the Walled Garden
Saturday 18th June
Door opens at 16:30
Event Time 17:00-21:00
〜 Brewery to Table 〜
An early summer evening to enjoy Dojima’s sake and sake kasu obanzai in the secluded walled garden at Fordham Abbey.
Obanzai is Kyoto style small dishes, or Japanese tapas, typically cooked with seasonal produce and dashi broth. We will specially prepare obanzai box using organic vegetables grown in our own walled garden and other carefully selected ingredients.
Sake kasu is the sole byproduct of sake fermentation which is packed with umami and nutrients. It can be used in cooking, baking and even cosmetically.
We use sake kasu of different vintage/maturation that is most suitable for each dish, and we hope to showcase the unlimited potential of sake kasu cooking in the obanzai box.
We offer sake pairing to go with the obanzai as well as a selection of natural wines and Japanese beers.
Entry to the Japanese garden is included.
This evening is limited to 40 guests.
Obanzai Box £50
Obanzai Box + Sake Tasting £80
*This event will take place indoors in case of rain.
● Easter Special Brewery Tour & Lunch or Just lunch on Saturday 16th April → Details
● Wellness Programme – Mindfulness Meditation Day Retreat on 8th & 9th April → Details
● Garden Open – Daffodils and Cherry Blossoms on Sunday 3rd April → Details
‘Hanami’ – Cherry Blossom Celebration Event
Wagyu Lunch and Chado & Live Japanese music in the Japanese Garden
Sunday 27th March from 12:30
Lunch in the Brewery Restaurant
This event is now fully booked.
The first time in the Brewery Restaurant and the first of our 2022 pop up restaurant series, we have invited CHEF SAITO from London who will be showcasing Wagyu beef!
On the afternoon of Sunday 27th March, let us entertain you in style! We are celebrating the Cherry Blossoms in our Japanese Garden in traditional Hanami picnic style, with Chado (The Way of Tea), Japanese picnic food, sake and a live Koto, Shakuhachi Flute concert.
On arrival you will be taken to the Japanese Garden where some delicious Japanese picnic food will be served with a small glass of sake.
On benches covered in Mosen, red cloth under the Cherry blossoms you will enjoy a sake picnic and the sound of live Koto and Shakuhachi.
You can also watch the demonstration of Chado and enjoy a bowl of matcha tea while you sit in the garden.
Peter Sōrin Cavaciuti, tea master from Cambridge will be in the Japanese garden demonstrating and serving matcha tea with a Cherry Blossom confectionery specially made for the occasion.
There will be a live Koto and Shakuhachi concert in front of the shrine which is near completion.
Koto is by Keiko Kitamura who played in the London Olympic Festival, Glastonbury and BBC Radio.
Shakuhachi is by Michael Soumei Coxhall who was awarded Shakuhachi Master’s Licence in 2007. He taught at SOAS, University of London from 1986 to 2009.
Around 13:45 you will sit in the brand new Brewery Restaurant where Wagyu beef lunch by Chef Saito is served accompanied by a glass of Dojima’s premium Sake. In addition a Sake Pairing option is available. Full menu will be announced shortly.
After lunch you can go back to the garden and enjoy Matcha tea, wagashi and the music. Alternatively you can go up to the bar above the restaurant to enjoy more sake or some other drinks, with the views of the idyllic pastureland. The bar is open throughout the day.
Sponsored by Zen-noh International in London, the National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations.
Limited to 30 places
£125 per person
£70 per person for optional Sake Pairing
(+ A little present for everyone to take home for your mom for Mother’s day present.)
This event is now fully booked.
Hina Matsuri Dinner by Megumi
on Thursday 3rd March 2022
in the Georgian House, Fordham Abbey
We welcome Megumi Takeyama, the founder of MEGUMI’S Supper Club and the owner of RISE Japanese Bakery & Bar located in the heart of London. RISE is the only official bakery using Dojima’s sake kasu for their artisanal products. Megumi confesses to be an insatiable food lover who uses food as her canvas to convey the beauty of Japanese culture.
With collaboration with Megumi, we have created a beautiful celebratory Hina Matsuri menu which we hope will entertain the eyes and satisfy the taste buds.
Known as “Girls’ Day” or “Doll Festival” in English, Hina Matsuri is a Japanese annual festival which takes place on 3rd March. This day is dedicated to celebrate and pray for the good health and happiness of young girls. On the day of Hina Matsuri, families gethar and enjoy traditional delicacies such as chirashi-sushi, clear clam soup, hina-arare (colourful rice crackers) and hishi-mochi (diamond-shaped layered mochi cake) and amazake.
Our Hina Matsuri Dinner will be an omakase style 8 course menu using carefully selected ingredients and Dojima’s sake kasu.
£85 Omakase Menu
Dojima’s premium sake pairing for £70.
Non-alcoholic pairing will also be available.
Door Open: 18:30
Dinner Start: 19:00 (Please be on time)
Dress Code: Pretty in Pink
*The guests will seat around one large dining table in the drawing room.
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Exhibition of Japanese Woodblock Prints
ONE HUNDRED ASPECTS of the MOON
by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
The Last Great Master of Ukiyo-e Wood Block Printing
from 11th February – 16th February 2022
in the Georgian House, Fordham Abbey