Supper Clubs: the 9 hottest tickets in town
From bijoux vegan eats in Oxford to a secret riverside table by boat in Marlow, we've dug deep to root out the finest Supper Clubs in Bucks & Oxon, but shhh! Book them before they sell out.
Table 13, Oxford
This haute cuisine supper club produces dishes that are as much works of art as food – and all of it is plant-based, using local, seasonal ingredients. It’s fine dining, casual style, with punters dining at one large table for ten guests. The March menu features wild garlic, chestnuts, Guinness and whiskey, but how it’s all combined is a mystery until it’s placed in front of you! It’s £79 per person for eight courses with drinks plus aperitif and runs Thurs-Sat evenings. You can go as a group or just take a few seats and be social!
Through the Looking Glass, Milton Keynes
Another new one on our radar, Alice describes her supper club as ‘the perfect mix between a dinner party at a friend’s house and a meal in a restaurant’. Sound ace to me. Recent dishes have included Jerusalem artichoke soup with a parsley and hazelnut pesto, and salad of raw and cooked rainbow beets with sautéed beetroot stalks and mixed herbs. Much of it comes from her garden, orchard or the animals on site. It’s a reasonable £40 per person for three courses and there’s tables for 2 to 12 people. Keep an eye on her social media for the next one.
Feast Over Flame, Marlow
Talk about Supper Club with a difference – this one includes a boat transfer to a secret riverside alfresco table plus it’s available at lunchtime as well as evening, so the kids can get in on the act. After arriving in Marlow, parties of 6-8 people hop on the Feast boat to their table with inbuilt ‘Big Green Egg’ BBQ (if you don’t know what that is, join the foodie zeitgeist – it’s THE BBQ of 2020/21!). It’s a five-course lunch (asparagus, scallops, steak, king prawn and s’mores… say n’mores), with a simpler kid-friendly version. It’s only available during May and slots are already getting booked up for evenings, currently there’s only 13, 20 and 27 May available, while for lunch slots there’s a little more available – Sun 1 May & Mon 2 May (Bank Holiday), as well as Sat & Sun from 6 – 29 May. £75 for adults, £39 for kids for the five courses including welcome drink and boat transfer. What are you waiting for? Get on board!
Durban Spice, Wheatley
Run by Durban native Shabir Ally, Durban Spice offers dining experiences in Shabs’ home in Wheatley, Oxfordshire. The menu is revealed on the night but you can expect a five course seasonal menu of fragrant and authentic South African food made with local produce – recent dishes they’ve produced include breyani, a dish cooked with saffron, Kashmiri chilli, garum masala, curry leaf, mint and coconut, and served as prawn, chicken or veggie. Check out the website for upcoming dates. It’s £42 for five courses. BYOB.
The Secret Supper Society, Somerton
A supper club that’s been running 15 years has got to be a goodie, right? That and the fact that cook, Jules, has made food for the likes of Raymond Blanc and Mary Berry. Each month this Oxon-based event promises a new menu inspired by the season – this month expect asparagus, mint and lemon risotto and slow-braised beef ragu. It’s BYOB (with no corkage charge) with 10-12 guests at a long table. Next one is 14 April, though be warned – they sell out fast (£47).
The Yafo Kitchen, Witney
Event catering and private dining venture The Yafo Kitchen host occasional Mediterranean pop-ups with a sharing, tapas style menu including homemade hummus (my favourite), lamb koftas (my second favourite) and cake soaked in cardamon syrup (ok, I like it all). Tickets are £30, veggie options available. BYOB. Keep an eye on the social for the next date – last one was at The Edge Eatery in Witney.
Pickled Supper Club, Oxford
Pickled Supperclubs are a rare event so you’ve got to snap them up when they’re announced. The latest events have been at the gorgeous Oxford cafe Silvie and have been a four-course affair using local producers and the pickles, chutneys and jams from Oxford based Cranston Pickle, baby of the supperclub’s chef, Fiona Cranston. Eight courses inspired by pickle? I kid you not (there’s even a pickle inspired drink).
Makan Malaysia, Oxon/Berks
Childhood friends Sue and Kat grew up in Malaysia before moving to the UK for university over 10 years ago. Makan Malaysia was started four years ago and now hosts supper clubs in various venues around Oxon and Berks as well as a food delivery business and event catering. What to expect? The unexpected… sambal prawns on lotus root, pan-fried white flour cake and pea flower rice (it’s blue!). Tickets usually include a whopping six courses and a glass of fizz on arrival. Next one is at Colline’s Kitchen, Newbury, this Friday.
Feast For Ukraine, North Hinksey
A very special and somewhat stellar supper club is taking place on 1 April to raise awareness of the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Ukraine and to raise funds needed to help displaced families. Food writer, chef and broadcaster Valentine Warner (above) is joined by similarly talented chef and author Gill Meller, plus Jules from Secret Supper Club (above), to serve a Ukrainian inspired menu alongside wines and spirits. It’ll be served at long tables at the gorgeous Monks Barn in North Hinksey, and supper will be followed by an auction. Tickets £120.