Autumn supper clubs
Local, seasonal and foraged foods make your mouth water? Tuck into a brand-new round of supper clubs with meat, veggie and festive flavours on the menu.
WE ❤️ SUNDAY LUNCH, WILD ARTICHOKES, KINGSBRIDGE
Wild Artichoke’s Jane Baxter has serious chef cred, having worked for Riverford, The Carved Angel and The River Cafe in London. Regular pop-ups include a two-course Sunday lunch – a sharing table-and-food affair in a converted Kingsbridge warehouse, favouring in-season meat, fish and dairy dishes. Portions are generous, so go hungry! £25 per person and it’s bring your own bottle.
WINTER GASTRONOMY EVENING, BEACHSIDE GRILL, SAUNTON SANDS
I’m a big fan of The Swan at Bampton and The Swan’s co-owner and chef Donna Berry is heading to Saunton’s Beachside Grill to create a gastronomic lamb and beef offering, paired with wine at Saunton Sands eatery on the beach. And the sunset views are to die for.
FOLLY FOODIE CLUB, THE PIG AT COMBE, GITTISHAM
Thursday is the new Friday at The Pig bringing a delicious monthly club to their rustic garden Folly restaurant. On Thursday 3 October, Popping the Cork sees the launch of The Pig’s new wine created in collaboration with Axminster’s Castlewood Vineyard, followed by Mitch Tonks of Devon’s Rockfish on Thurs 21 Nov, showing how to prep and cook crab. For the carnivores, Pipers Farm are giving the lowdown on slow-cooking in a wood oven on Thurs 5 December. £35 per person, and if you book for three, the fourth is free on them.
SATURDAY NIGHT FEAST, RIVER COTTAGE, AXMINSTER
The Saturday feast nights at Park Farm are real theatre, including a tractor-ride from the car park to the yurt for drinks and canapes, followed by a four-course communal feast in their 18th century threshing barn. With food locally-caught and foraged, food is a surprise on the night – it could be a Red Devon sirloin or cauliflower cooked over coal for the veggies, followed up with custard tart with berries fresh-picked from the farm. At £90 per person, it’s a bit of treat but it includes half a bottle of wine, a talk from the Head Chef (though not Hugh himself) and it’s a fun way to get family or mates together.
THE OLD DAIRY, TRILL FARM, AXMINSTER
Just a stone’s throw from River Cottage is 300-acre organic Trill Farm owned by Neal’s Yard founder Romy Fraser. Chef Chris Onions is hosting two feasts this autumn: a Game Feast celebrating wild meat (furred and feathered), paired with hedgerow ingredients. In November it’s a northern Italian tasting menu with wine and a carefully curated list of wine, ales, cider and soft drinks to match. £35 per person.
RIVERFORD KITCHEN, BUCKFASTLEIGH
Book in quick for this Wednesday’s 7-dish veg-centric feast curated by Cornwall’s Stuart Woodman, foraging expert for the National Trust and Port Eliot Fest. Stuart owns award-wining microbrewery Woodman’s Wild Ale so expect beer pairings crafted from seasonal and wild plants to match your food. Arrive at 6pm if you fancy working up an appetite on a foraging walk where you’ll learn what wild foods are (and aren’t) safe to eat, or 7.30 for dinner at 8pm.
DEVON FOOD MOVEMENT
Former Michelin star development chef and Muddy fave, Luke Fearon got a massive thumbs-up when we reviewed him last year and he’s back for a second season showcasing seasonal Devon food. Luke doesn’t let on what he’s cooking beforehand but events at Saveur Restaurant in Exmouth and Pattard Kitchen at Hartland have already sold out, so it must be good! There’s still time to nab a seat at Jacka Bakery at Plymouth Barbican on Weds 9 Oct and The Globe at Beaford on Friday 29 and Sat 20 November. Winter dates will be online at the beginning of October, so sign up to his newsletter to get to the front of that queue. £35pp
PICKLESHACK TEST KITCHEN, BOATYARD CAFE AND BAKERY, EXETER
Fancy being a guinea pig to help Michelin-trained chefs perfect their Xmas dishes? The Pickleshack chefs want to try out their unusual – sometimes controversial – ingredients and creative food concepts on you, using top-notch Devon ingredients. It’s BYOB and there’s no info about what’s on the menu beforehand (though they will email you some hints a few days before) and they don’t cater for intolerances (or veggies) but it sounds intriguing. Some dates have already booked up, but 5th December still has places. £60 per person, booking essential.