What to Expect
The Supper Clubs for the next few months are going to be held at Restore’s Garden Cafe, on the corner of Cowley Road and Manzil Way in East Oxford.
I run a completely different set menu each month as I develop dishes based on new techniques & flavours that I’m experimenting with. The ingredients are always of the very best quality sourced locally wherever possible. Though there’s no single area that I work in exclusively, my cooking is strongly influenced by modern British, classic French, Southern US-style BBQ, Indian, and Levantine/Middle Eastern cuisine.
The menu will be announced shortly before each event and you can stay up to date with my recipe developments over on the blog page as well as on Facebook and Twitter. You don’t have to wait til it’s announced however; bookings are open immediately.
If you have any specific dietary requirements, let me know with as much notice as you can so that I can adjust the menu or arrange a substitution. I’ll do my best to accommodate wherever possible, but in the rare circumstances where I can’t do so I will try to suggest another date for you to attend (typically this only happens if your request comes up at short notice).
You are welcome to bring your own alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks on the night. For events at Restore’s Cafe, we request a small corkage donation of £5 per person or per bottle (at your discretion). This charge goes entirely to Restore and is separate from the pay-what-you-want price of the meal. For other events, I do not impose a corkage charge unless the venue requires one.
To be as inclusive as possible, and because perception of value is one of the most important pieces of feedback I can get, I run my supper clubs on a Pay-What-You-Want basis. This is a core value of what I do and it relies on a two-way level of trust with my guests – I have to trust that they will genuinely pay what they think is fair, and they have to trust that I will respect their judgement of whatever that is. Overwhelmingly, my guests understand that it is their contributions that allow me to keep doing what I do, and in the three years I have been running supper clubs in this way, this system has never let me down.
In upcoming months however I will also be experimenting with a ticketing system for some nights to try to combat an ongoing issue with no-shows and late cancellations. Ticket price is based on the average that people gave across the PWYW nights.
I accept cash or card payments (except AmEx) on the night.
If you have to cancel, please try to let me know with as much notice as possible, so that I can try to offer your seat to someone on the wait list. I am unable to find someone, I will ask for a voluntary contribution of up to £15/head exclusively to cover the costs of the ingredients & the venue (I make no money from this) – you will be welcome at any future events thereafter.
If you’re running late, please let me know as soon as possible by email or by calling/texting 07450 231 488. I will always try to do my best to try to accommodate you without compromising the night for any of the other guests.
On the Night:
As there is only one sitting please try to arrive on time. The Garden Cafe seats approximately 30 people in a communal setting with tables of between 6 and 10. On arrival there will be a short chance to get to know your fellow diners before the first course is served.