After trying to secure a place at The Grazer Supperclub for quite some time, I was absolutely thrilled when my good friend managed to bag us both one (it’s who you know, kids!) for last month’s ‘Distinctly British’ themed event.
Held in the unique surroundings of the Ouse St. Arts Club (a shipping container!), organiser Anna Hedworth, aka The Grazer, provides an evening of locally-sourced, home-made, frankly fabulous food. This isn’t just a meal out, it’s a dining experience, and Anna has gone to every length to make sure that all guests thoroughly enjoy themselves. The table is set to perfection, the lighting is what my Mam would call ‘mood lighting’, there’s an open fire, and black and white films play silently on a projector so that good food and good company take precedence.
To start, we enjoyed a ‘smorgasbord’ of game terrine, sweet cucumber pickle, salmon tartar with capers and lemon, beer cheese (which I’m now addicted to) and home-made bread tins. My friends and I ate like we had never eaten before and I can honestly say I enjoyed every last mouthful. Every element of the course was extremely fresh and packed in heaps of flavour, what more could we want?
Next up, a chicken, bacon and ox tongue pie (all meat sourced from the brilliant Charlotte’s Butchery on Ashburton Road, Gosforth), with indulgent truffle mash, watercress and the most divine wild garlic liquor, or gravy to the rest of you. My WORD!
The pie was hand-made and piping hot, with a mild sauce inside so that each type of meat had its chance to give my taste-buds a quick tickle. The truffle mash was perfection (I’ve tried to mimic it since and have so far failed dismally) and as I say, the wild garlic liquor was incredible.
There was more than enough pie for two helpings each and we managed (somehow!) to make the liquor last until the end to make the very most of it. It’s safe to say that after all of this, the top button of my skinnies wasn’t staying fastened for long.
After a little rest and a cup of freshly brewed coffee from Ouseburn Coffee Company, we were invited to sit back down for dessert. A zingy rhubarb and ginger compote with fresh cream, indulgent hand-made chocolate ‘black pudding’, which was gorgeously rich, and a sponge cake. For me, the rhubarb and ginger compote was the perfect end to the meal, so I managed to polish mine and my friend’s off before we left.
It’s clear that Anna, who is a successful architect by day, is passionate about her ingredients and giving her guests the ultimate food experience. She doesn’t put a price on it however; each diner is given an envelope at the end of the evening and are invited to pay what they thought the experience was worth, taking food, service, venue and overall experience into consideration. It’s a BYO event, so diners are to bring their own alcohol or drinks but other than this, Anna takes care of everything.
As yet, the next Supperclub has not been announced. The only place you’ll find details of this are on Anna’s blog and Twitter chat between other North East food lovers. After attending one myself, it’s clear why they sell out so quickly and I can’t wait for the next one.
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