I love me a supper club. It is a fantastic way for a solo diner like myself to go out and enjoy a meal without feeling incredibly lonely. A small group of people meet at someone’s house for a night of food, cooked for them, and ‘bring your own’ drink. Not only is it a great way of trying some amazing food, it is also a great way to meet new people. I have some great friends I have met at previous supper clubs and it is also nice to see them all again at such events.
I’ve been for dinner at the Drunken Butcher’s supper club before. Iain, as his name the Drunken Butcher suggests, loves meat. His cheekily named ‘Clucking Hell’ evening was all about the love of chicken and we were treated to a feast of six courses totalling half a chicken each. This is where I have to tell you that he also loves to feed his guests so it is recommended that when you go, and you will, you arrive incredibly hungry.
First up was chicken liver parfait with melba toast and salt & chilli chicken wings. I’m not a huge fan of pate in general, It has a really strong taste that I just can’t abide most of the time. This parfait had the lightest consistency it tasted like it had been whipped. The flavour was strong, as expected from liver, but the texture meant I could enjoy it in smaller quantities on the wonderfully crisp melba toasts.
The chicken wings weren’t overly spicy, just a swift kick to the back of the throat to warm the mouth. The exact way I like it. The skin was wonderfully crisp and the meat on the wings still tender. I’m not a lover of chicken skin and usually remove it from everything but these went down a treat, the skin was so well seasoned it tasted like no chicken skin I have ever tasted before. I could have polished off the whole bowl had I not known what was coming…
Just look at this bowl of lovliness… lemon risotto made with the richest chicken stock known to man served with a humungous chicken leg. The risotto was cooked to perfection, still with a slight bite having soaked up just enough of the stock. The lemon gave the dish a lovely freshness and the meat of the chicken leg just complimented the stock so well. My favourite dish of the night that left one guest demanding lessons on how to make the stock at home!
The dish I was most looking forward to is the chicken and chips with the Drunken Butcher’s homemade tomato ketchup. His chips are a thing of beauty, better than any I have eaten in any restaurant to date. Perfectly crisp on the outside with a fluffy centre. Yummy… his ketchup also won me over. I’m a ketchup fan, at home I eat it with most things, but I loved this so much that I came home with a bottle! It would be rude not to…
Now that has whetted your appetite you will be pleased to know there are still some spaces on future events: On The Game, Malty Tasting and Are You Being Served? You can book HERE … maybe I’ll see you there?