Autumn supper clubs
Knives and forks poised? Attackkkkk! Yep, it's a brand new round of supper clubs over the coming months with Sri Lankan, S.A and veggie options.
Native Feasts, Peterely Manor Farm, Great Missenden, Bucks
Muddy fave Native Feasts go for its third round of supper clubs in the gorgeous vintage greenhouses at Peterley Manor Farm, nr G Miss. This time, chef Chris has designed a completely veggie menu of wild mushroom and spelt risotto, pumpkin veloutè, autumn roots and more, with food served on long communal tables. There’ll also be artisan tipple in the form of a curated wine list, locally brewed craft beer and cocktails. You can book in for 27, 28 Sept, 4, 5 Oct for £45pp. nativefeasts.co.uk
The Jericho Kitchen, Stadhampton, Oxon
Created in 2015, The Jericho Kitchen is schooling the county on how to cook, hosting heaps of cookery workshops and supper clubs across Oxfordshire. Autumn’s supper club offering, on 30 Nov, is a Gujarati feasting menu – a lesser known style of Indian food which focuses on legumes (beans and lentils) and has a heady mix of sweet, sour and savoury flavours. There’ll be a variety of dishes to taste, such as guvar dhokli nu shak (a vegetable casserole with fenugreek dumplings) and banana fritters, with all dishes served with flatbread. The supper club will be hosted in The Jericho Kitchen’s converted church in Stadhampton. 30 Nov, £70pp. jerichokitchen.co.uk
The Granary Deli, Watlington, Oxon
I’m a big fan of The Granary and its hard-won reputation for its superb cheese and deli offering. The Watlington-based haunt also hosts supper clubs with three dates for Autumn – Fri 27 Sept, Fri 25 Oct and Fri 22 Nov. No news yet about what’s being cooked, but I’ll keep my ear to the ground. Supper clubs start from £29pp. granarydeli.co.uk
Prema’s Kitchen, Fego, Beaconsfield, Bucks
A café by day and buzzy bar that hosts live music and pop-ups by night, Fego is definitely one of Beaconsfield’s coolest hangouts. Sri Lankan supper club Prema’s Kitchen will be popping up next (21 Sept) with an authentic four course menu including canapés and traditional street food-style starter. £45pp. hellofego.com
Durban Spice, Wheatley, Oxon
Muddy checked out Durban Spice not so long ago and it was a big thumbs up from us. Supper clubs are hosted in owner and foodie enthusiast Shabs’ modern home, down a quiet road in Wheatley, Oxfordshire, and offer an unusual five course menu of South African dishes jam packed with flavour and, of course, a little bit of spice! The full menu is revealed on the night. Upcoming dates are: 13, 14, 20 Sept and 5, 18, 19, 25, 26. Suggested price of £37pp, BYOB. durbanspice.co.uk
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.
Elasticated pants, will travel?
Miserden greenhouses, Glos
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The Garden Café at Miserden greenhouses frequently hosts pop-up restaurants and can be found just over the border in the Glos Cotswolds. Pitching up next is Poco Culina, an unusual combination of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Romanian food, plus it’s all plant based (21 Sept). And in October, there’s the return of The Camp Kitchen (4 – 5 Oct), run by Glos-based, Michelin trained professional chef Rory baxter. Supper cubs start from £35pp. miserden.org
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
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.