Honey Wild Supper Club ‘pops up’ in Edinburgh

I’ve been meaning to try a supper club since I first heard about them a couple years ago, for one reason or another however it’s never happened so when I found out that Karen, aka Honey Wild was bringing her popular Borders based Supper Club to Edinburgh for an evening and was looking for a food blogger to come along it seemed like the perfect time to remedy the situation.

Amuse Bouches

I’d met Karen for a coffee and already seen the menu and chosen my starter and main so I knew the general format of the evening but I was still a little nervous at the thought of turning up for supper with 17 other people that I’d never met before in the more intimate surroundings of someone’s home.

I arrived, clutching my bottle of red and made a quick prayer to the gods of good nights out before being swept in the door, and into the main dining area, via the kitchen to say a quick hello to a very glamorous looking Karen & her crew (including her sister and the lovely Wendy Paterson, aka Inside Out Chef).

fresh tagliatelle with roasted red pepper, olives, capers and pesto

A (very) welcome cocktail was pressed into my hands and I was introduced to a few of my fellow diners, and this being the village that it is, we were soon chatting happily away about mutual acquaintances etc. The first morsels came our way in the form of an amuse bouche, one with carrot puree, caraway seed and goats cheese followed by a Nicoise crumble, which I particularly enjoyed!

Fresh oysters with a (virgin) bloody mary salsa

The hosts had transformed their living room into a dining room with three tables seating six, each quirkily and thoughtfully adorned with flowers, water, place cards and even flamingo ice buckets! The starters arrived, I opted for the fresh tagliatelle with roasted red pepper, olives, capers & pesto, which was really light and well balanced but the fresh oysters with a shot of ‘bloody mary’ salsa looked stunning, artistically served on a bed of seaweed! There were also freshly made rolls, in fact everything served was made fresh from scratch which you don’t even get in a lot of restaurants!

Apple and honey palate cleanser

A lovely apple & honey sorbet was served to refresh the palate before the mains arrived. I suddenly realised just how much I was enjoying myself. The people I was sat with were great fun and so interesting and I’d happily share a table with them anytime. I don’t know if it was because it was in someone’s home rather than a more commercial venue but the buzz in the room from everyone enjoying themselves was quite intoxicating.

Pan fried fillet of sea bass with a buerre blanc sauce

I’d plumped for pan fried fillet of sea bass with a buerre blanc sauce and the other choice was a beef Osso Bucco with a Milanese risotto, served with green veg. Both dishes were well put together and certainly didn’t disappoint.

Beef Osso Bucco with Milanese risotto

The dessert was a bit of a revelation for me, I don’t have a massively sweet tooth but Karen’s sister recommended the treacle tart with cardamom ice cream and Oh My! It was delicious! The other options were an orange blossom cake, strawberries with basil & Limoncello or a really spectacular looking cheeseboard. All of this topped off with coffee and  homemade petit fours.

to-die-for treacle tart with cardamom ice cream

What can I say, I absolutely loved it! It’s hard to describe what a special experience it is,  I’d happily eat in this kind of ‘hometaurant’ manner on a regular basis. At £25 per head donation for a 5 course freshly prepared meal it’s an absolute steal and as you can bring your own wine it’s a double win! Not only can I highly recommend going to a supper club as a solo diner like I did, it’d be an absolute hoot with your friends or even to host one yourself.

I can’t wait to go to another one, in fact it’s just a shame that I can’t make Karen’s next one on the 30th March as I’ve had it on good authority she throws a good do in her own home too!

A huge thanks to Karen, the hosts and the super people I met that night for making me feel so welcome. A special mention goes out to Jessica Shurte who kindly let me use some of her photographs from the evening, they’re not difficult to spot, they’re the far superior ones to those snapped on my iphone! Thanks Jess!

Basil & Limoncello strawberries

cheese please!

Other supper clubs that I hear are well worth checking out include Queen of Tarts, Inside Out Chef and Charlie & Evelyns Table but always happy to hear other recommendations.

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10 Responses to “Honey Wild Supper Club ‘pops up’ in Edinburgh”

  1. wendy
    February 24, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

    Glad you enjoyed I quite enjoy solo dining at supperclub everyone make you feel very welcome

    • February 24, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

      I actually think I got more from it going on my own, it was such fun too! Great to meet you in person too!

  2. Joe Harrower
    February 24, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

    It was a fabulous night. As one of the hosts it was great to hear the wonderful noises in my living room and to see the stuff that was produced from my kitchen. The feedback from other diners has also been fantastic.

    • February 24, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

      Does that mean there’ll be another pop up chez Craiglockart in the near future….?! It was a wonderful evening, you guys rock!

  3. Joe Harrower
    February 24, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    Thanks Nadine! Watch this space. Perhaps a Fringe Festival venue, with entertainment?

    • February 24, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

      Ohhh, now that sounds like a brilliant plan! I hear there’s a pretty good choir somewhere nearby with a growing following that might be up for it…..

  4. February 25, 2012 at 8:15 am #

    Nadine I am humbled by such a lovely review. I can’t believe it is my food in those stunning photographs taken by Jessica Shurte. Thanks again Karen

    • February 25, 2012 at 10:12 am #

      Well deserved Karen, it was a super evening! Looking forward to getting some friends together & coming down to Innerleithen some time in the not too distant future!

  5. Lynds Anderson
    February 27, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

    Nadine, so glad you enjoyed! I love a wee supper club and I love the idea of going to it on your own. I’ve always been with someone else but throwing yourself in at the deep end is always a winner. Food looks great!

    • February 27, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

      I think going alone really enhanced the experience, it was such a hoot, I want to go to another one now! :o)

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