This weekend we went to not one but two very large supper clubs. We had already booked into a night of meat, meat and more meat courtesy of LadyNom on the Saturday, which I will write about in good time, when another of The Drunken Butcher’s infamous DineInOut supper clubs came up the night before, which we knew would be filled to the brim with food and drink.
A brief explanation into supper clubs as this week I have been asked many times what happens. Supper clubs are, essentially, going out to dinner in somebody else’s house. Think of it as a ‘cosy’ restaurant night; you’ll eat together with other people, meet friends old & new, hopefully eat good food and come away having had a very good night. They can be found on the internet, on social networks or by good old fashioned word of mouth. They’re pretty much all different too, go out and find one!
So anyway, onto our Friday night at Iain’s (the Drunken Butcher) which was entitled Clucking Hell, it was to be a night with a menu consisting almost solely of chicken. As ever it was hosted impeccably by Tania who, as always. was wearing an unusual costume for the evening; this time we were treated to a hippy ‘chick’ -get it?
Iain during the night told us that we were basically each given half a chicken during the night, such was the menu constructed we started at the wing, through the drumstick into the thigh and finishing with a breast.
You can see the range and fantastic invention in the menu, it really was a meal to remember. A supper club is all about actually being there and tasting the food, so I won’t divulge into all the courses, needless to talk about my favourites of the evening.
The chicken wings as part of the starters were some of the best wings I’ve ever had; crispy, but allowing the meat still to be juicy. Full of crunch and with a nice kick from the coating. We had plenty of wings in our big bowl and I could have eaten more, but I’m not that stupid in DB’s house so happily had just enough.
The risotto was superb; I’m a huge fan of risotto, when I have chance to try it in a new restaurant or try a new version I’ll jump at it. This was beautiful, rice perfect, the lemon was zesty but for a hater like me it was subtle enough and the big glazed chicken (read turkey) drumstick that again was juicy and dropping the meat into the risotto gave it brilliant substance.
We certainly had our fill over the evening, every course is lovingly created by Iain, there is probably blood, sweat and tears in every dish from him. Clucking Hell was a lot of fun, this isn’t like going out for a stuffy meal, you get to talk with friends, laugh heartily and if it hadn’t been for Mrs B being up at 5am the next day, we would have still been sat with DB drinking his Woodford Reserve at that time!
It’s always about the food in DB’s house; the strapline from all DineInOut meals here are ‘you’ll never leave hungry’ and it is certainly true. We have had the pleasure of four of these and have loved every one; food is always excellent, company equally so and we’ve made great friends. There are still some dates left this year, so search them out on Twitter and join in the fun. You won’t regret it, I promise!