All-day dining Florentine creates a buzz around the launch of its new honey menu, thanks to its Urban Beekeeping project

You can now add ‘Saving the Bees’ to the growing list of reasons to visit South Bank-based Florentine restaurant and bar

The all-day-dining restaurant is championing the incredible work of urban beekeeping with a permanent rooftop residence housing 150,000 honey bees and a bespoke honey-based set menu, courtesy of Florentine’s own honey bees – available throughout October.

Beekeeping in built-up areas has boomed in popularity and is creating quite the buzz in London. Florentine is right bee-hind the cause and are strong advocates of urban beekeeping, with London’s mild climate and wide range of food providing a welcoming environment for the honey bees

Over the past 17 months, the Florentine team has worked closely with Dr. Luke Dixon – an expert in rooftop beekeeping and member of the British Beekeepers Association – to create a safe haven atop its fourth floor, giving the bees an opportunity to form their colonies and produce the all-important sweet-stuff.

Throughout October, a dedicated menu of honey specials will be on offer, Monday – Wednesday, alongside the a la carte menu. Highlight dishes include: smoked burrata, roasted beetroot and parsnips drizzled with honey & rosemary dressing (£9), honey and soy glazed roasted duck breast with sautéed girolles (£19) and crunchy honeycomb panna cotta topped with fresh blackberries (£6). All dishes are available to enjoy individually or as part of a three-course set menu, priced at £36pp which includes a specially created Madame Bee cocktail. This Gin Mare based creation is made up of honey-infused water, fresh lime juice, lemon juice and rosemary and is topped with Chapel Down Brut. It can also be enjoyed on its own for £10. For every item or menu purchased, 10% of the price will go towards the Bee Friendly Trust charity.

Be part of the buzz this autumn at Florentine and show your support for the urban beekeeping community. Book a table by visiting www.florentinerestaurant.co.uk or contacting info@florentinerestaurant.co.uk.

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