Spring Supper Clubs

Supper Clubs are so prevalent in London that it’s hard to know where to begin. Each of these offer something different, whether you are looking for a culinary treat, an evening experience or a fun date spot. Take your pick from Spring Supper Clubs with a difference:

Blo Deady’s Supper Club

My first job, making coffees and serving bread at Sally Clarke’s Shop was where I first encountered Blo. At that time (a decade ago) Blo was essentially in charge of the shop – sourcing and buying the produce, liasing with the bakers and working on menus with the pastry and restaurant chefs. He taught me about the myriad of cheeses we sold – via tastings – about where they came from, the value of quince and varieties of pickle, the breads or crackers they might go with. He taught me to look at what was in season and how it was being used in the restaurant and then the shop. Blo’s passion for food and moreover for sourcing the very best fresh produce was already in evidence.

After nine years at Sally Clarke’s, Blo moved on to work as a private cook, and he can now be booked for events or even just a small but special kitchen supper and his Supper Clubs open this up to the public.  The menus are simple and seasonal – and you can have confidence that the cooking will be designed to show off the ingredients rather than the chef. The April Supper Club runs at a new venue at 19 Cowley Street, Westminster, and includes cocktails, a three course menu (below) with paired wines.

£80 per person. blodeady.co.uk

“Blo’s cooking is warm, generous and delicious! This is cooking with a big heart. I’m forever excited to eat at his table” Skye Gyngell

Supper in a Pear Tree

You might well have heard of the Pear Tree Cafe in Battersea Park, the pretty waterside spot that’s elevated an old park caf into something altogether different with artisan coffees, a delicious home-made brunch and lunch menu, fresh juices and an outdoor bar in summer. Its founder Annabel Partridge, started out with Supper in a Pear Tree, a joint venture with her sister, the artist Charlotte Partridge. Held at Lavender Hill Studios, literally within an art school the evenings involve an hour’s Life Drawing followed by a delicious meal served on candlelit trestles next door. A unique a lovely experience, The Supper Clubs are BYOB which keeps costs down at just £40.

17 May 2018, £40 per person,  supperinapeartree.co.uk

Paradise Sri Lankan Supper Club at Brother Marcus 

New kids on the block, Paradise are the new Sri Lankan pop up that launch their debut Supper Club at Brother Marcus in Balham tonight. Good value and a jolly atmosphere is the name of the game as a collective of Sri Lankan chefs deliver street food favourites including beetroot string hoppers & kiri hodi made with white rice vermicelli noodles, spicy devilled Benton prawns and Negobo beef curry. For dessert, Paradise will serve a selection, including a salted cashew & kuthul treacle mini magnum and their grandmother’s secret recipe, Archchi’s love cake. The Brother Marcus founders will be on hand mixing specially crafted cocktails and their signature espresso martinis.

Tickets are sold out tonight but are still available for Friday 13 April, £35 per person. paradise-ldn.com

Kaboola Kitchen Supper Clubs

The Department Store opened it’s doors last year, transforming the old Bon Marché building into a new space for events, shops, a rooftop restaurant and record shop. In a lovely street-facing ground floor position find Kaboola Kitchen. The bright and inviting cafe serves up seasonal rainbow salads and sandwiches at lunchtime, but it also opens once a month in the evening for its Supper Clubs. There are just 25 spaces in total, so expect to mingle as you enjoy a 5-course dinner with a welcome cocktail.

£40 for supper and £5 corkage, BYOB. Upcoming dates: 23 May, 13 June, 27 June 2018. kaboola.co.uk

— Daisy Allsup
12th April 2018