A not so secret supper club: Brookes Restaurant
Once upon a time it was only those in the know who knew about secret supper clubs but fortunately for the majority, things have changed and supper clubs along with secret dining societies aren’t so secret anymore.
One supper club that has recently thrived in Oxford’s foodie scene is the Oxford Brookes Supper Club. It is held the first Thursday of every month (term time only) at Brookes Restaurant and is hosted by the passionate and dedicated staff from the Oxford Brookes School of Hospitality Management. It costs £18 per person which includes 2 courses, either a starter and a main or a main and a dessert, plus a glass of wine on arrival. Customers sit around a large communal table and the food is usually placed on the table in big dishes where you can help yourself – a home from home but without the washing up! If you want a drink you just go to the bar pour a glass of whichever wine or beer you desire and then write down what you had on the honesty sheet.
The evening begins with a talk; so far speakers have included local suppliers to an Oxford Blue Badge Guide. Once the talk has finished the speaker sits and chats with the group which is when the chefs bring out the long awaited feast which they then enjoy with the guests.
The menu is in line with Brookes’ ethos of locally sourced and seasonal produce. Each meal I have had at there has been exquisite, a real taste explosion from the start to finish you will leave with excited taste buds and a satisfied stomach. Previous dishes have included: summer risotto, slow cooked lamb on a bed of minted borlotti beans with pea fritters, Coq au Vin with dauphinoise potato, home grown pavlova. Of course, vegetarians and other dietary requirements are catered for just inform a member of the team when you book.
The supper club now welcomes around 40 people a time but it retains its friendly, welcoming and homely atmosphere. It’s great for groups, couples or even people who just want to pop along on their own because no one is alone at this evening and there is never an awkward silence in the room.
The next, and sadly last supper club of the academic year, is fast approaching and in the spirit of summer it’s a barbecue but there is no doubt that this will be unlike any other barbecue ..it will be better! If you can’t make the indoor Barbecue do not panic just be sure to keep an eye out for Septembers event.
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