Although it’s tempting to book a table at your favourite restaurant, what’s better than discovering something new and unusual?
Supper clubs are fast becoming the go-to for high-end and polished dining. The foodie clubs can be the place to discover new chefs and feast somewhere out of the ordinary with a select amount of people.
Whether you’re looking for an intimate night with close friends in a pop-up location, or in pursuit of a set menu to rival all others, there’s a club for you. So, we’ve snuffled out the best – and most unique – supper clubs in and around the Square Mile.
The Waterhouse Project
Despite having a permanent spot in Bethnal Green, the mecca for foodies across the capital still holds onto its supper club values. The brainchild of former Galvin La Chapelle chef Gabriel Waterhouse and Michelin-starred chef Herbert Berger, The Waterhouse Project is a favourite amongst east Londoners.
The fine-dining restaurant serves up a nine-course menu, which changes each month, on long communal tables that make it still feel very much like a supper club. There’s also a wine pairing if you fancy it, which is put together by Sommelier Jonny Orton, too. Expect things like monkfish with nettle puree and preserved lemons, Jerusalem artichoke velouté and black treacle tart washed down with a glass of Churchill’s Reserve port.
1 Corbridge Crescent E2 9DT
Looking for love? Single people will be happy to hear that we’ve found something far more exciting than Tinder. A supper club with a twist, Gooce blends delicious dining with dating. Created when founding duo, Gabi and Luce, became disillusioned with modern online dating, the club is the perfect way to eat delicious food and meet interesting people.
London’s first singles supper club always cooks a surprise menu. That being said, the duo behind the outfit pride themselves on their commitment to using seasonal ingredients and using local suppliers where possible. If the older menus are anything to go by, you know you’re in for a special evening. Past night’s have included shawarma lamb with medjera, fennel and crispy onions, as well as butterscotch almond tart.
In a relationship? No need to miss out. Gooce also provides catering and supper club menus for private events. Anniversary coming up? Another great way to celebrate love!
Italian Supper Club
Dreaming of tucking into a fresh bowl of pasta with good friends and good wine? Look no further than the Italian Supper Club. Feeling like there was something missing in the London food scene, the club founders wanted people to eat dinner while indulging in the Italian tradition of long, meandering mealtimes while sipping wine late into the evening. And, the Italian Supper Club is just that.
Each event is themed (the most-recent menu was inspired by the rustic flavours of the west coast of Italy) and consists of four courses (aperitivo, pasta, main and dessert) with a wine pairing. Not only is the food delicious and authentically Italian, the hosts are vibrant and full of passion. What’s more, the catering connoisseurs also do private events – perfect for wedding season.
Undoubtedly the most unique club out of the list, the Supperclub Tube in Walthamstow showcases a six-course menu inspired by Latin America all on an old tube carriage.
Head to east London to board a Victoria Line tube carriage from 1967 where you’ll enjoy six courses of incredible food and drink from countries like Mexico and Patagonia, all using seasonal ingredients and fresh British products (gluten free, veggie and vegan options are available too).
The current tasting menu, created by Colombian-born Head Chef and founder, Beatriz Maldonado Carreño (Bea), includes Jak’alawa, which is a Bolivian-style corn soup with sweet potato, peas and panca chilli. You can also feast on Aguachile, which is cod cured with lime and chilli with tequila infused cucumber, samphire and shallots, and a Colombian-style coconut pie served with coconut, lime and mint ice cream. Feeling hungry?
Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum, South Access Road E17 8AX