The concept of feasting was pretty much invented in the Middle East by the courts of Shah Abbas and those opulent Ottoman dudes. If you combine this fact with the idea of meze – the relaxed sharing of multiple dishes, and also our speciality – celebrating your vegetarian Christmas with us is a bit of a no-brainer. The price for our festive menu is £30 a head, and includes Christmas fripperies, cheesy Christmas music, a complimentary glass of Persepolitan Pimped Prosecco on arrival and Mr. Shopkeeper’s best Santa impression (see above). A £10 a head deposit will secure your reservation. The menu will be available lunchtime and evening from 1st – 23rd December. Vegans are very welcome, but please advise us in advance so that we can cater for you magnificently rather than adequately. A typical menu will look something like the one below – but please note that Mrs. Shopkeeper is nothing if not spontaneous, and the menu sometimes changes hourly, let alone daily. Cold Meze Starters Fresh herbs, spiced cheese, pickles and our house roasted nibbles Makhdoush – oil-preserved baby aubergines filled with walnuts Persepolis Ajvar – red peppers puréed with spices – and borani-ye-esfanaj, a dish of cooked spinach with yoghurt All served with flat bread Hot Meze Dishes Potato and chick pea kibbeh with garlic dipping sauce Cigari Boregi: flaky pastry rolled around Turkish cheese and onion Halloumi pan fried with barberries and nibbed nuts An assortment of falafel Dolmeh Persepolis Imam Biyaldi: the classic Turkish dish of baked aubergine, tomato, onion and garlic, with an extra Persepolitan twist Persian-Style stuffed peppers, filled with rice, barberries, raisins and nuts Seasonal hotpots Chestnut tagine served with Marrakesh spiced couscous and Shirazi salsa OR Fig, cranberry and lentil hotpot served with saffron rice Pudding Seasonal Fruits and Pastries or Festive Cheesecake Mint tea or coffee NB: We will happily consider other catering enquiries and private parties. NNB – we will also be posting a very special New Year’s Eve menu for those who fancy a corner-shaped Hogmanay.