Autumn Supper Clubs
Forks poised? Dig in to a brand new round of supper clubs popping up over the coming months with brilliant one-offs, Sri Lankan, Asian and vegan options.
Sadgrove Supper Club, Bucklebury, Thu 10 Oct
Game of Thrones meets gastro heaven. Matthew Dorich’s Sadgrove Supper Club has reached culinary cult status in West Berks. Matthew’s big on seasonality, foraging and a little experimentation. The results are always phenomenal. The vibe is rustic with long trestle tables, with shearling and deer skin covered benches, fire pits and twinkly lights. Get in quick though, every night is a sell out.
Turkish Night, Colline’s Kichen @ Living Saucha Newbury, Sat 21 Sep
Colline’s Kitchen won this year’s Muddy for Best newcomer –and this woman is not sitting back polishing her trophy, basking in her own glory. Hell no. She runS two Newbury cafes by day and provides the food for Newbury’s new pub on the block, The Globe. How she finds time to host a Supper Club is beyond us, but she does. Next up is a night of Turkish delights on Sat 21 Sep (£30pp) and a plant-based Pop Up on Sat 28 Sep (£30), all hosted at her quaint cafe at Living Saucha Yoga Studio.
Prema’s Kitchen, Old Butcher’s Wine Cellar, Cookham – 2 and 23 Oct, 6 and 27 Nov
Prema’s Kitchen has been on the pop-up supper club scene for a while, spending the last three years at The Old Butcher’s Wine Cellar in the Cookham – and she has a loyal following who absolutely love her authentic Sri Lankan food. Prema returns to Cookham twice a month with a four-course menu and street food starter, £45 per head. Tickets here
The Pantry Supper Club, Yattendon
A Muddy award-winning cafe by day and, once a month, it’s a pop-up restaurant by night. The Pantry Yattendon, is so much more than a lifeline of flat whites for commuters and mums on the school run, it’s supper club offering has all the flair of a fine dining restaurant, heavily influenced by the cafe’s sister catering biz, Top Nosh. For the autumn event expect a five-course set menu using seasonal ingredients, you can bring your own wines (£5 corkage), and veggies/ special dietary options are only available if pre arranged. £60per head – 27 Sep, 18 Oct and 15 Nov. To book, call Gemma on 01635 202202 or email: email@example.com.
Asian Supper Club, Numee Cafe Newbury, Sat 28 Sep
Come on, we can do better than chicken fired rice and a couple of spare ribs from your local takeaway. Book in for an authentic Asian Supper Club, whipped up by Andy Drake at Numee Coffee Shop. Andy’s lived in a number of countries across Asia and loves to experiment with his dishes. It’s a dining experience that’ll wake up your senses – £35pp.
Sipsmith Supper, Bel & The Dragon
Fancy gin with your supper? Always! The Bel & The Dragon Country Inns have partnered with Sipsmith for a series of supper clubs at their locales in Cookham(25 Sept) and Reading (26 Sept) in Berkshire and Churt (2 Oct) in Surrey. The three course menu will offer beef tartare, spiced monkfish and roasted fig tart, with each course paired with a gin cocktail for the super reasonable price of £50pp.
Last Dinner of Pompei, Caldesi in Campagna
If you fancy a Roman holiday, forget Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck and a mad dash to Heathrow. All you need is Giancarlo (dressed as a Centurion) and the awesome team from Caldesi in Campagna. Five delicious Roman dishes – sharing platters, flaming chicken, lamb with anchovies and sweet, fried ravioli – entertainment and hot Italians (wishful thinking?). Gluten free, veggie and other dietary requirements can be catered for (Thu 19 Sep). Tickets cost just £48 per person.
Sandhurst Supper Club, The Albion Conservatory, Thu 3 Oct
For one night only, pretend you have your very own private chef. That’s the day job for Libby May, but once a month she hosts the Sandhurst Supper Club at home and you’re invited. Yup, she loves cooking that much, she wants to invite us all into her conservatory for a fun evening of fine food. Libby cooks 3 courses, you bring your own bottle and they run on the first Thursday of every month – £30pp. Since the Sandhurst Supper Club launched in 2017, it’s become a firm fave with local foodies.
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Rick Stein, Winchester
Rick Stein is the Goliath of the foodie world when it comes to fish and his restaurant in Winchester is celebrating with a pescatarian feast this Autumn. On Tues 29 Oct for £45 pp you could be sampling Ensenada fish tacos with chilli and coriander and Bombay salmon masala curry. You know with the Stein name involved the standards are going to be absolutely tip-top.
Secret Supper Party, New Forest
We are SO excited about this new Secret Supper Party that’s launched. While it’s all a bit hush hush at the moment, they recently launched with an incredibly elaborate and fun party in a secret location. To get involved you sign up and they will contact you about the next date. Then, on the day of the event, you’ll get a text revealing the location. This is a little bit of foodie heaven combined with spectacle and showmanship for good measure. Tickets for their first pop up sold out SUPER fast so get on the list quick!
The Secret Supper Society, Bicester, Oxon
Shhhhh! These top secret supper clubs are held in a pretty farmhouse in north Oxfordshire, with each date promising a completely new, surprise six course menu inspired by the season. It’s BYOB, plus tea, coffee and homemade chocolates are included in the cash only price of £49pp. Dates are as follows: 13, 21, 27, 28 Sept and 4, 5, 11, 19, 25 Oct. thesecretsuppersociety.com
The Orangery, Blenheim Palace
Blenheim is leaving it to the professional chefs for this year’s Autumn supper clubs starting with a three course menu designed by veteran chef, restauranteur and food writer Mark Hix, complete with sparkling wine reception (12 Sept). Or for those with a sweet tooth (guilty as charged), Scottish pastry wizz William Curley is whipping up a three course meal, followed by chocolate tasting (25 Oct). Tickets from £81.
Miserden greenhouses, Glos
Craft Dining Rooms, The ICC, Birmingham
This year’s Great British Menu finalist Kay Treadwell is heading back to his hometown to chef it up at cool new restaurant Craft Dining Rooms which opened in Jul. He’ll be hosting a monthly 12 course (I hope they have doggy bags) tasting menu in his signature tongue-in-cheek take on fine dining. You’ll try newly created dishes as well as with dishes he cooked on the show including Ozzy Osbourne-inspired dish Shharonnn! and A New Romance, which was scored full marks from the judges. £75pp, 12 Sept, 10 Oct, 14 Nov. Tickets Craft Dining Rooms.
The Water House Project, London
This super-groovado supper club was started out in 2015 as a small affair in chef Gabriel Waterhouse’s home (CV: Michelin Starred Galvin La Chapelle) with the aim of making fine dining accessible. And at £80 for an eight course tasting menu, it does a pretty decent job. The supper club has grown massively and now offers a changing monthly menu- Sept’s menu includes harissa spiced lamb buns, shredded duck leg and some whacky favoured stilton and avocado sorbets, with food served in a social, non-stuffy setting. There are loads of dates from Sept – Nov, take your pick. thewaterhouseproject.com