Supper clubs are currently having a bit of a moment in the UK. London is thriving with pop-up dinner parties served in unusual locations or with imaginative themes, and there are many creative gatherings now being hosted all around the rest of Britain.
Most of these twilight dinner parties are aimed at bringing people together to enjoy each other’s company while eating delicious food, but many are also incorporating creative workshops, inspiring guest speakers and other innovative ideas. Here are six of the best.
Sisterhood Camp was launched by lifestyle blogger Lou Archell in 2015 as a series of events aiming to bring women together to offer each other support, to inspire each other and to connect. Sisterhood now provides an array of retreats, workshops and supper clubs year-round (and have just launched their online community). The supper clubs currently take place in London and Bristol, incorporating creative workshops and wellbeing sessions into their beautifully styled dinners. The attention to detail is impeccable with everything from the floral displays to the tableware fitting into their signature aesthetic.
One of the most elegantly styled supper clubs we’ve ever laid eyes on, Yonder Collective is more than just a dinner party – it’s a place for people to come together and share ideas over plates of delicious food. Locations and styling are both carefully considered to set the right ambience, and guests are actively encouraged to talk to all of the other guests with multiple seat changes throughout the evening. Each event is based around a loose theme, featuring different chefs, guest speakers and complementary styling.
Based in Northern Ireland, Mel Wiggins organises seasonal gatherings aimed at creative women. Assembly Gatherings are based around the simple pleasures of food and making, incorporating creative workshops into every supper club. The proceedings usually begin with workshops before guests settle down to a gorgeously presented three-course dinner in magical surroundings (past events have included dining outside and in barns). After dinner, the evening is concluded with a sunset photo walk and a cosy bonfire.
Basement Gallery describes themselves as a ‘vagabond restaurant’, running supper clubs in fascinating locations all around London. Originally hosted in Chef Alex Cooper’s basement flat in Brixton, they are now most known for their dinners in an old tube carriage. The menu is constantly changing with Alex drawing inspiration from French and Scandinavian cuisine to create inventive dishes that prove this supper club is about more than the location.
Scotland’s most exciting supper club, Mad March Hare is the brainchild of Amanda Farnese Heath. Her Wild Dining events take her signature long table dinners into the Scottish wilderness, allowing her lucky guests to dine in the middle of the forest or on the shore of a loch. The seven-course meals are nothing short of magical with rustic tables surrounded by nature and lit by fairy lights. Outdoor film screenings, foraging talks and late-night bonfires help to create unforgettable experiences.
Best friends Katie and Safia host Cook & Baker together, presenting a series of supper clubs that bring together the duo’s shared love of food and travel. Previous London gatherings have been based around their travels in Morocco and Scandinavia, with future events planned a little further afield in Bristol. Everything from their menus to the flowers decorating the tables and the drinks served is determined by the seasons. Tickets to the supper clubs include drinks, canapes, a three-course dinner and a goody bag to take away with you.