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The best autumn supper clubs

Knives and forks poised? Attackkkkk! Yep, it's a brand new round of supper clubs over the coming months in Cambs, Suffolk and beyond.

Rubbish Cooks at Parker’s Tavern Cambridge 

Credit: Chris Roberts

Are you a rubbish cook? Yes me too! But this isn’t the launch of Rubbish Cooks Anonymous. It is in fact a brand new Supper Club from chef Tristan Welch at the University Arms Hotel in Cambridge. The supper club will take place the last Monday of every month and aims to highlight food waste. Guests will enjoy a ‘free’ three-course meal using ingredients that are usually considered waste in the restaurant industry, for example: Crushed wonky vegetable hatchet, dented tin bean ragout; Bone and vegetable peelings broth with tortellini and confit vegetable stalks; and, to finish, Stale bread and treacle pudding with Cambridge Gin distilled cucumber. All you have to pay is the cover charge of £20 for the meal, which includes a charitable donation to Jimmy’s Night Shelter. Budget-friendly, charity-friendly and planet-friendly – err this must be too good to be true!

 

Mark Poynton In The Bistro, Cambridge Cookery School

Here’s a tempting offer – a Michelin-starred chef’s supper club, where he’s hinted that he’s going to announce where his new Cambridge city restaurant is going to be located/ when it’s going to open. Gorgeous grub and gossip – count me in! We’re of course talking about Alimentum’s Mark Poynton who has been teasing us with supper clubs this year in the run up to his new restaurant venture. The final and juiciest supper club of them all is on 21 September at Muddy favourite Cambridge Cookery School, who regularly host pop-up dinners by acclaimed guest chefs.

 

Grub Club Cambridge at The Cambridge Distillery, Grantchester

To celebrate their 5th birthday, The Grub Club (a unique networking club for members of the food industry) are heading to The Cambridge Distillery in Grantchester on the 24 September and teaming up with Whittlesford-based Provenance Kitchen to cook up a feast from the wood-fired kitchen in the airstream. We’re talking a three-course gourmet meal of grilled mackerel, flourish tomatoes, samphire, chilli & marjaram; Hereford flank steak, grilled romano pepper, wood roasted potatoes & salsa macha; and honey tart, creme friache & blackberries, with veggie options too. There’ll also be a talk from Joe & Seph’s (you know the popcorn brand) about what it takes to build a multi award-winning brand, complimentary G&Ts and a goodie bag.

 

Age UK Suffolk Supper Club, The Duke of Marlborough, Ipswich 

We know supper clubs are good, but when attending one and gorging on the delicious food means you’re helping improve the lives of older people across Suffolk, then that makes them officially awesome in our book. Age UK Suffolk are doing exactly that on 18 September – turning a fabulous foodie event into a money-maker for their charity. And the best news? This supper club is all about puddings – after a welcome drink it’s straight to the third course and the chance to enjoy lots of seasonal puds.

 

Knife, Fork and Spooner’s October Supper Club, Ketton, Rutland 

We love the name of this club from private event caterer Simon Spooner almost as much as the tasty food on offer. This October marks a year since the launch of the supper clubs at The Old Barn just across the border in Rutland and on the 11th you can celebrate with a four-course seasonal menu with some surprises (hopefully pleasant) thrown in apparently. It’s BYO – so I’ll the one clinking my way down the drive and swaying on the way out.

Elasticated pants, will travel?

Miserden greenhouses, Glos 

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

 

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.

 

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

 

Sipsmith Suppers 

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.

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