Tucked away behind rambling old brick walls, Glyn House, Epsom is a stunning historic house with a delicious secret. The secret – and really this is just between you and me – is that once a month the dining room becomes the setting for an intimate supper club.
Laura Scott, the talented chef behind Epsom supper club felt the town lacked interesting places to eat out, so her and her husband Charles have filled a gap in the market by welcoming people into their beautiful home and offering a monthly changing menu.
Laura’s seasonal menu is inspired by either a cook or cookbook she particularly loves or a type of cuisine that she enjoys to cook. ‘You’ll see a lot of Middle Eastern influences in my food but I also like to include at least one dish that really represents the time of year.’
The night we visited the Epsom supper club it was pouring with rain. However Charles was so warm and welcoming taking our coats and offering us a delicious elderflower and gin cocktail Laura had concocted that we soon forgot about the miserable weather outside.
In contrast to a restaurant, a supper club is relaxed and unburdened, no big corporation is involved and you come away feeling upbeat having made new and interesting connections with like-minded people.
Dinner began with the most delicious smoky sweetcorn soup with crumbled feta, chilli & coriander salsa served with homemade breads. With warming smoky undertones from the chilli and sweetcorn and a burst of freshness and flavour from the coriander and feta cheese this was the perfect comforting starter to help us dry off from the rain. A word of warning Laura’s home-made breads are so delicious that you have to be careful not to fill up on bread straight away!
The spring salad of asparagus, rocket, broad beans, radishes and ricotta with a buttermilk herb dressing was one of the freshest salads I’ve ever tasted that I was sure the vegetables had been home-grown. True to her word Laura delivers delicious seasonal food that is bang on trend.
Laura’s love of Middle Eastern cooking manifested itself in the main course. Braised Moroccan style lamb with chickpeas and preserved lemon, jewelled cous cous, spice roast butternut squash served with mixed green salad with orange vinaigrette. The lamb was fragrant and slow cooked with a precision that made it melt in your mouth. Perfectly paired with spiced butternut squash and tart lemon cous cous this was the ideal dish for a supper club, warm and inviting encouraging everyone to share stories.
Dessert was Rhubarb, strawberry and almond torte, and the star of the evening, homemade lemon meringue ice cream, strawberry rhubarb & elderflower sauce. I can not praise this ice-cream enough, sharp, very lemony and most refreshing, truly an ice cream for summer.
And if one dessert is not enough for you then Laura makes the most wonderful after dinner treats. A little like a grown up rocky road chocolate biscuit bar Laura’s home-made chocolate salami with nuts, fig and a touch of cognac was truly decadent and delicious. The perfect accompaniment for my peppermint tea.
It’s not just the outstanding food that sets supper clubs apart from restaurant dining it’s the atmosphere. Everyone was friendly and ready to chat, which could best be described as ‘networking in the best possible way – people sharing interests and happy to make connections.’ My first experience of a supper club brought home just how lonely restaurant dining can actually feel.
Though Laura was busy in the kitchen for most of the evening, she took a well-earned break after serving the last course and came round the table to chat over peppermint tea, coffee and her homemade chocolate salami.
You can book Laura’s superclub through our friends and WeFiFo. WeFiFo is a platform that connects home cooks, supper club hosts and professional chefs with enthusiastic diners (like me!). You search in your area, book seats and go along to something you fancy. There is a huge variety of events on the site from tapas nights, Sunday dinners, outdoor cooking parties and vegetarian feasts. Nearly all the events are bring your own bottle, and are reasonably priced. So you can have a delicious night out for less than you’d spend in a high street chain restaurant.
Laura and her husband Charles have created something special and its easy to see why they are already booked up until November. I’m sure the Glyn House supper club will continue to be a very welcome addition to Epsom.