10 Supper Clubs & Foodie Pop-Ups To Book Now
FOR LATE-NIGHT FEASTING:
Italian Supper Club at Da Henrietta
Headed up by Toto Dell’Aringa and Silvio Pezzana, Italian Supper Club brings the Italian tradition of long, meandering mealtimes to the capital. At its regular events, guests try a range of authentic dishes from Liguria, Tuscany, Basilicata and Campania – and sip wine late into the evening. On Thursday 20th October, the team will highlight cuisine from northwest Italy at Da Henrietta restaurant at the Henrietta hotel in Covent Garden. Diners can expect dishes like guineafowl ravioli del plin in roast pan juices, veal Milanese with capers and anchovies, and a selection of Italian wines made from nebbiolo grapes native to the Piedmont region. Tickets cost £50 or £80 with wine pairings.
Henrietta Hotel, 14-15 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 8QH
FOR SEASONAL PRODUCE:
Game On by Dinner Ladies
One of our favourites on this list, Dinner Ladies is a London-based food and events company headed up by Emily Plunket and Lily Cai. The duo host regular supper clubs at locations around the capital like Saint Espresso in Hackney Wick and Putney’s London Rowing Club. Its next supper club celebrates game season across three evenings in November: Wednesday 9th, Thursday 10th and Friday 11th. Exact details are yet to be released but we know the menu will showcase seasonal game, like pheasant, guineafowl and rabbit. Diners can mingle with other guests before sitting down to a beautiful tablescape to enjoy the meal with paired wines and drinks. Tickets cost £58.
FOR A TASTE OF CORNWALL:
Seafood Supper Club at The Duchess
Recently refurbished Marylebone pub The Duchess has created a quarterly supper club series to celebrate quality British produce and new food trends. The first is on Thursday 13th October, featuring a six-course seafood tasting menu inspired by the abundance of quality fish in Rock, Cornwall. The menu includes grilled oysters with garlic and a parmesan crumb; scallop ceviche with pomegranate, chilli, yuzu and seaweed; a mini seafood pie with smoked cheddar mash; and pistachio cake with beer ice-cream. Beer sommelier Ed Hughes – from Sharp’s Brewery – will guide guests through a beer flight on the night, with soft drinks also available. Tickets cost £70.
39 Duke Street, Marylebone, W1U 1LP
FOR FUSION DISHES:
Wun’s Tea Room & Bar x Nick Molyviatis
Regular SL readers will know we love Wun’s Tea Room & Bar for its Cantonese dishes, so we were excited to hear the Soho restaurant is hosting a pop-up with Greek chef Nick Molyviatis (formerly of Kiln). On Friday 15th October, diners can try traditional Greek dishes alongside Wun’s signature menu. Highlights include langoustines with dill and bergamot, octopus and yellow split peas with freshly baked pittas, lamb offal fry ups, and galomizithra (a soft Cretan cheese) with tomato and barley. The pop-up is open from 6pm until 3am, with music and special cocktails from mixologist Gerry Russo – think nettle gimlets and seaweed martinis.
23 Greek Street, Soho, W1D 4DZ
FOR RELAXED DINING:
Italo x Ruben’s Reubens
Charlie and Frank Boxer opened their Italian deli in Vauxhall back in 2008. Today, Italo is a buzzy café where locals sit outside with small plates and coffee. On Thursday 13th October, Brixton Smokehouse Ruben’s Reubens will take over the kitchen for a supper club. All dishes will be served ‘family style’ so you can meet new people in the main dining room while tucking into the team’s signature smoky, wood-fired dishes. Diners can enjoy smoked salmon pastrami with horseradish and baked beetroot; smoked lamb shoulder with cauliflower, burnt aubergine yoghurt, pickles, smoked hummus, burnt squash and flatbreads; and chocolate mousse with smoked salt for dessert. Tickets cost £45.
13 Bonnington Square, Vauxhall, SW8 1TE
FOR FRENCH DINING:
Retan at Louie Louie
Created by sommelier Cameron Dewar and chef Josh Dallaway, Retan is a travelling supper club that brings French-inspired cuisine to restaurants around the capital. Until the end of the year, diners can visit Louie Louie in Kennington where Retan has a three-month residency before it opens a permanent site next year. A relaxed affair – and one of the most affordable on this list – diners can tuck into a snack and three-course meal for £45. Menu highlights include aged beef tartare with seaweed relish, cured yolk and prawn crackers; salted pollock with kohlrabi, buttermilk and horseradish; and chocolate crèmeux with sherry caramel and smoked cream. Every Tuesday, there’s a changing ‘hot pot’ menu with two minimal-waste dishes for just £12.45 – and dessert for an extra £5.
347 Walworth Road, Kennington, SE17 2AL
FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT:
Facundo Gallardo at Carousel
Created by brothers Ollie and Ed Templeton, Carousel operates a rotating chef concept that sees different chefs take over the kitchen for a week or two’s residency to create new dishes and drinks. From Tuesday 1st to Sunday 6th November, Argentinian chef Facundo Gallardo will cook dishes using a suitcase full of foraged food from the picturesque Patagonian town of El Bolsón. A unique chance to try South American flavours, the menu features wild mushrooms with rosehip sriracha and Chilean myrtle; dry-aged beef with pine nuts and smoked bread miso; and peaches with cultured cream and Jerusalem artichoke milk caramel.
19-23 Charlotte Street, Covent Garden, W1T 1RL
FOR A SPECIAL OCCASION:
Food Behind the Pages by Fortnum & Mason
Fortnum & Mason’s supper clubs are popular for a reason – guests can mingle with cocktails and canapés before enjoying dinner cooked by some of the best chefs in the UK. This season, the store is hosting a ‘Food Behind the Pages’ series at its ground-floor restaurant Field, where celebrated chefs will create three- or four-course meals in the kitchen. First up, it’s Ruth Rogers from The River Café (Sunday 23rd October), who will showcase Italian recipes from her new family focused cookbook. Diners can expect a menu of casarecce with pesto alla Genovese; spatchcock chicken cooked in milk with lemon peel and sage, served with roast potatoes and datterini tomatoes; and pressed chocolate cake with crème fraîche. Other chefs in the series include Romy Gill (Tuesday 15th November), and Sabrina Ghayour (Thursday 19th January). Tickets cost £78 or £98 with a cookbook.
Field, Ground Floor Mezzanine, 181 Piccadilly, St James's, W1A 1ER;
FOR A WEEKEND TREAT:
The Italians Upstairs at Deeney’s
The Italians Upstairs deliver fresh pasta and homemade sauces to homes in and around east London. The team recently opened a pop-up at Deeney’s in Leyton, so you can try the brand’s dishes every Friday and Saturday from 5.30pm. Start with small plates of caponata with toasted almonds, saffron arancini with pesto aioli, and sourdough with stracciatella and anchovies, before tucking into the pasta of the day – previous options have included norcina con porcini or tagliatelle with ’nduja and mascarpone. We love the brand’s meaty ragus and warm, fluffy focaccia.
360 Leyton High Road, Leyton, E10 6QE
FOR DINNER & DISCO:
Hot 4 U at The Haggerston
Hot 4 U has just finished a residency at the Prince Arthur in Shoreditch. Now it’s opened a pop-up down the road in Haggerston on Thursdays to Sundays. The new menu features BBQ peas and salted duck egg; chicken liver with skin and soldiers; potatoes and cod’s roe; and koji-fried chicken. You can also order oysters topped with anything from strawberry vinegar or barbecued chillis. Each weekend a DJ sets the vibe with house and disco tunes, and there’s a different ice-cream to choose from on Sundays.
438 Kingsland Road, Haggerston, E8 4AA
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