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. A £10 a head deposit will secure your reservation. We are already taking bookings, and we only have ten tables, so book sooner rather than later. 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 olives 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 Kookoo Sabzi – Persian herb frittata with walnuts and barberries Halloumi pan fried with barberries and nibbed nuts An assortment of falafel Dolmeh: an offering of suitably accessorised stuffed stuff Seasonal hotpots Which will be something like 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 Cheese meze platter Mint tea or coffee NB: We will happily consider other catering enquiries and private parties.