FEATURE – A guide to Edinburgh’s supper clubs & pop-ups

Edinburgh’s secret supper clubs and more

There is such a wide variety of supper clubs in Edinburgh now – eating in at someone’s home certainly seems to be the new ‘eating out’. We’re determined to dine at all the choices in Edinburgh (and no doubt expand our waistline in the process).

In our experience, the quality of the food served at these secret suppers is pretty impressive.  The price for a three-course meal per person is around £25 and with a BYOB policy, it’s a reasonably priced night out. Strangers across the table become friends by the end of the night and if like us, you dine at a few of them, you bump into people you’ve met at different clubs.

Dates vary, with most evenings being held at the weekend, but some are hosted on school nights. Spaces tend to go fast for all of Edinburgh’s supper clubs, so don’t delay in reserving your spot at the table you want. Some hosts ask you to book tickets in advance (leaving a small ‘donation’ to pay on the night) and some require full payment.

Charlie and Evelyn's Table (pic courtesy of C Rowley)

Supper clubs in Edinburgh

Here are the links to all supper clubs hosting in Edinburgh at the moment and those that are coming soon.

Charlie and Evelyn’s Table – Established in 2009, Rachel and Chris Rowley were the first to host a secret supper in Edinburgh. They’ve just released their summer 2012 dates with the first evening being held on 23rd June. Get on their mailing list at rachelandchrisrowley (@) gmail.com to be kept up to date with their news. The supper club are on twitter and on facebook. A suggested donation of £35 is taken on the night (4 courses plus tea and coffee). Our most recent review of Charlie and Evelyn’s table can be found here.

Kitchen Porter – Professional chef Mark Porter and his wife Mary can seat up to 20 diners at one event. Dates spread out throughout the year, but you must email kitchenports@yahoo.co.uk to be placed on their mailing list and notified of new dates. Mark and Mary are on twitter. The cost is £27 per person and payment is in advance via bank transfer. Read our review here.

Pic courtesy of Burgher Burger

My Home Supper – Run by Aoife Behan, this popular club often sells out months in advance. My home supper has been known to have different themes to their evenings, including Edinburgh Fringe entertainment and a contestant from Masterchef as a guest chef. There are dates announced throughout the year. We have dined here and can confirm that the food is good and the  hospitality warm. You can find the club on twitter and on facebook. A deposit for a ticket to be bought in advance and an additional ‘donation’ on the night takes the cost to £25. At the time of writing this, My Home Supper is currently on a hiatus as Aoife is running Jelly and Gin which is a variety of interesting dining experiences with a twist.

Crescent Dining – We dined here last summer and loved the hospitality of the host Lesley (the mum) and the food from her son Calum. The last event was March 2012, keep an eye on their website for future dates. Tickets to be bought in advance (£15 up front and £10 suggested donation on the evening). Crescent Dining are on twitter and on facebook.

Inside out chef –  Run by Wendy Paterson, the ‘inside out chef’ has several dates planned for 2012 serving up her ‘bespoke cuisine with bite’ including a forthcoming Middle Eastern banquet. Wendy also offers food hampers and afternoon teas (in your home). You can find Inside out chef on on twitter and on Facebook. Wendy also recently ran Edinburgh’s first pudding club which we reviewed.

Table for ten – Set up and hosted by four friends, Table for Ten is based in Edinburgh’s Southside. Dates every 6-8 weeks. Join their mailing list at tableforten (@) btinternet.com. You can also find them on twitter and on facebook

Chai Lounge – Established in the Autumn of 2011, Edinburgh’s first Indian supper club is run by Meena Manchoo-Bhana, who serves up home style Indian cooking in her home.  Regular dates for 2012.  Also on twitter and on facebook. The cost is £25 and tickets are to be purchased in advance.

Queen of Tarts (no website) – Edinburgh’s first pop-up afternoon tea. Host Angela Dolan welcomes people to her ‘parlour’ in Leith for afternoon tea. Angela has 14 planned dates for 2012. You can find Queen of Tarts on twitter and on facebook. A ticket deposit of £5 is required in advance and a suggested donation of an additional £20 on the day.

New for 2012

The Seaside Social – Chef Steve Brown hosted his first event in March 2012. Cost of three-course meal with paired wines is at your discretion. Runs quarterly and they are on twitter and facebook.

Burgher Burger – A new concept in pop-dining that revolves around a burger being the main event of a three-course meal. Every month, a different professional chef  takes over a greasy spoon cafe and cooks the menu of their choice. Read our article on Burgher Burger here. The cost is £35 (inc booking fee) and tickets must be bought in advance. Burgher Burger are on facebook and you can follow the burger news on twitter. These events are hosted by Aoife Behan from My Home Supper. There have been five different nights so far with Burgher Burger six happening soon with Chef Paul Wedgwood.

Tealicious Edinburgh – An exciting new pop-up afternoon tea in Leith. Expect vintage crockery and a menu full of savoury and sweet delights. Cost £20. You can find Tealicious on twitter and on Facebook. Tickets go fast for these very popular events. Our review of Tealicious.

Ross Baxter Patissier – Professional patissier Ross Baxter is offering bespoke afternoon teas in your home and one to one pastry classes.  You can find Ross on facebook (and drool at the pictures) and also on twitter. Read our feature on Ross.

Pig in a Wig –  Run by David Freeman, the first event was held in April. You can like Pig in a Wig on Facebook and follow them on twitter to hear of any new dates.

New June 2012

La Petite Cuisine a Edimbourg – A recent addition to the Edinburgh supper club scene, the classic French cooking on offer from Chef Richard will have its inaugural event  on June 23rd. Dates and menus for other event can be found here. You can also like them on Facebook.

A little piece of France in Edinburgh

Further Information

Keep an eye on our dedicated supper club and pop-up dining section for all the latest news and reviews.

Food at Kitchen Porter's

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