Whilst organising our afternoon tea at the farm back in September, I did some research into Supper Clubs. We really are spoilt for choice in Edinburgh, but the one that kept getting the "best one in Edinburgh" recommendation was Charlie & Evelyn's Table, run by Rachel and Chris Rowley. But what would it be like? Would we be the only ones there who didn't know everyone? How many people would be there? What would the food be like? I have to admit I was a little apprehensive about going for dinner to a strangers house, to dine with strangers!
So off we went, mum and I, down to their beautiful home in Stockbridge to check it out and get answers to all of our questions...
We were welcomed by a little note on the door politely asking us to be quiet when we came in as their baby was sleeping and hadn't been very well. We tip-toed up the stairs, only for me to clatter into the umbrella stand like a baby elephant (apologies once again for that!). As we arrived, the lovely Rachel greeted us. We took our places in the living room and began chatting to our fellow diners. It didn't take long for everyone to relax and settle in for the night! We were joined by a whopping 14 other diners, all in pairs and none of whom knew each other. And what a fun and interesting group they were!
After some very scrummy canapes (three herb pesto bites and tandroori stuffed mushrooms), made freshly by chef Chris, we were shown through to the dining room, which was beautifully set for all 16 of us eager diners.
For those of you who don't know, the name of the supper club comes from this beautiful table, which belonged to Chris' grandparents Charlie and Evelyn. A lovely photo of them stands proudly over the table on the mantelpiece.
Here's what we ate:
To amuse Sweetcorn soup with truffled popcorn.
To start Pear, rocket and Parmesan salad with rare roasted beef.
To follow Roasted fillet of salmon with foie gras, spiced Puy lentils and braised red cabbage.
To Finish roasted figs and spiced Winter loaf.
With coffee petite raspberry macarons.
We didn't leave until about 11.30pm (and we were one of the first to leave) which is the sign of a great host and a brilliant night. We had a great time, met some lovely people, had a giggle and ate some fantastic food. What more could you want?! Huge thanks to Rachel and Chris for being so lovely and welcoming.
To quote one of my fellow diners "I feel like I've been given a great big hug from the minute I arrived to the minute I left." Sums it up perfectly.