Epsom Supper Club
If you're bored of your local gastropub, book for this super-cool supper club in Epsom. But be quick - it sells out quick.
I’d like to think the Epsom Supper Club is a secret dining club – one that only those in the know (like me!?) are wise to. But the truth is, the secret has got out. Because this pop-up dining event, hosted by private chef Laura Scott, is sold out for weeks in advance. Last time I looked, there were a couple of spots still available at the Dec 13 event. After that you’re looking at next year. Be quick people, it’s worth booking your place.
It’s dreamy – and quite befitting a not-so-secret supper club – set within the imposing Victorian walls of Glyn House, a former school that’s been turned into three striking apartments, in Epsom. Laura and her husband Charlie have recently refurbed the kitchen and dining room, and it’s a spectacular space. They interconnect, while still remaining sort of separate, both looking out of enormously tall French windows onto a terrace. I went recently, so it was dark quite quickly, but in the summer months guests spill out onto the terrace for their welcome drink.
The dining room has a long banquet table – and all of the diners are seated together around here. It’s a friendly and sociable vibe, and you’ll certainly get chatting to the people sitting next to you, which is really half the fun. There’s plenty to chat about – aside from the food. The house itself is a talking point, as well as the cool art that Laura and Charlie have hanging on the dark blue walls.
SCOFF & QUAFF
As with most supper clubs it was a set menu and Laura’s seasonal dishes did not disappoint. We started with beetroot, fennel and orange soup, with beetroot crisps, sour cream and chives. It looked stunning – all vibrant reds – and tasted amazing. They’re not flavours I’d ever in a million years thing to put together, but they chimed together brilliantly.
Next up was a chicory and cauliflower caesar salad, with a vegan cashew dressing and roasted chickpeas – another combination that worked brilliantly together.
The main was crispy roast duck leg, with cherries and a red wine duck jus, celeriac remoulade, smoked garlic and brown butter mash and stir fried seasonal greens. I had salmon instead of the duck – and it was divine. All of it. Those with duck, looked just has happy.
Moving on to pud, and it was burnt cheesecake with spiced caramelised apples and pumpkin pie ice-cream. The pumpkin pie ice-cream had me intrigued, when I saw it on the menu, but I have so say it was all perfect. We ended the evening with home made dark rum truffles and coffee or mint tea – it was a great finale to a wonderfully prepared dinner.
THE MUDDY VERDICT
Good for: Sociable foodie types, and those looking for something a bit different from their usual dinner out.
Not for: If you don’t like small talk, it’s probably not for you – this is all about meeting people and being open to new experiences. And if you want to make your own food selection, I’d steer clear.
The damage: At £35 per person, it’s brilliant value for such a high standard of cooking. You’d pay a lot more in a fancy restaurant. Wine is BYO, which makes it even better.