Dates for 2014

To give you as much warning as possible we have set the dates for the first three Macknade suppers for 2014, so get your pencil out, open up your digital device and pop these in
22nd Feb
26th April
21st June

Ickham pop-up Saturday 30th November

After a very successful summer event in the beautiful village of Ickham, the supperclub is returning with an autumnal feel. The dinner takes place in the beautiful village hall on School Lane.

Mackerel tartare with horseradish cream and dark rye
Game Pithiviers with Port and elderberry sauce
Slow roast pork belly with quince and seasonal greens
Sticky toffee pudding and creme fraiche


Menu now set for Sunday 29th September at GB Pizza

I am really looking forward to popping up in a new venue at the end of the month and here’s the menu. Please note this event will not be BYO as GB Pizza is a fully licensed venue. Following requests for more dishes to suit vegetarians and non meat eaters, and to celebrate the abundance of great fish and vegetables that we have at this time of the year  I have designed a slightly different menu from usual and each course will be made up of large platters to share. After my tests in the wood fired oven at GB Pizza I had to sneak the lamb cutlets on though, it would have been criminal not to!20130815-185313.jpg








Trying out the wood fired oven. YUM!

As I mentioned previously the emwilco supperclub is going on the road again at the end of September, this time to Margate. The menu will be entirely shaped by what I can cook in GB Pizza‘s ‘bijou’ kitchen and using their wood burning pizza oven. I went and had fun trying it out earlier this week so I can assure you it will be delicious.20130815-185307.jpg

We tried roasted peaches served with English air dried ham, mozzarella and rocket. Then a mixture of clams, mussels, prawns and scallops roasted with lemon and garlic which were seriously yummy, smokey and toothsome. Next I roasted a Moroccan spiced, boned leg of lamb with little waxy Anya potatoes tucked underneath and finally some lemony miniature lamb chops which took just four minutes in the fiercely hot oven, oh my they were good. It was such a treat and huge thanks to Rachel and Lisa who are the brilliant GB Pizza ladies. This is going to be a good one!Roast peach, buffalo mozzarella and English air-dried ham with rocket



Other than location, the other main difference will be that for each course a selection of dishes will be presented as sharing platters and there will definitely be plenty to keep non-meat eaters happy. As GB Pizza are a licensed venue this will not be a BYO event, they will be offering carafes of wine and their usual selection of beers for sale on the night. Booking however will be by the usual route and will open a fortnight before.

September dates

After my first foray out of Macknade to the delightful village of Ickham, the supperclub will be venturing down to Margate at the end of September to an exciting new venue. I have been a huge fan of the wonderful GBPizza from when they first opened their pop-up on the harbour arm last summer. Since they moved into their permanent home on Marine Drive I’ve been a regular visitor and cannot recommend their crisp, yummy pizzas, friendly and informal style enough. The menu will vary slightly in style from the usual supperclub and will feature more vegetarian dishes and large sharing platters. More detail to follow in due course but for now put 29th September in your diary, and as it’s a Sunday (chefs’ Friday night) I hope some fellow chefs can make it along.

The next Macknade event will be on Saturday 21st September, a change from the previously advertised date.


I live down a long lane with strawberry fields on either side and at this time of year and especially with such incredibly warm weather the air is filled with the scent of ripe berries. I plan the menus for my suppers about two or three weeks in advance of each event so I can be as sure as possible that I will be able to get wonderful local produce at the peak of its season. This weekend the pudding features gooseberries, which whilst less fragrant in the field have a wonderful and unique flavour when they have been gently stewed with a little sugar. But the strawberries are calling out to be used too. Lucky then that the next supperclub is only three weeks away and I will certainly be looking to use them.

So if you missed out on tickets for this weekend and fancy a meal that so far is built on the idea of strawberries, them make sure you keep Saturday 10th August free and keep an eye out for more details here.

Trying to match the seasons

I heard something that made me laugh today, something along the lines of not choosing what to wear today based on what you wore yesterday, such is the fickle nature of our summer. Yesterday I was roasting gently on No.2 court at Wimbledon (occasionally wandering out for some food and wishing it could be better….) Today I have shivered and put on a cardigan and had to shut the back door, which usually stays propped open from May to October.
So planning a menu which is designed to be seasonal and sourced locally can be quite a challenge, when who knows what the temperature will be in just over a fortnight when I pop-up again at Macknade for the 6th (or is it 7th?) emwilco supperclub.
Based on what I have seen lately and what I feel like eating around now, the first draft of the menu looks a bit like this:

Potted duck and toasted sourdough
Mussels with fennel and saffron, roasted new potatoes and ailiolli
Gooseberry and elderflower fool with rhubarb jelly
Selection of Kent cheeses, homemade oatcakes and chutney

It may change a little over the next week (especially if by the 20th we all need to wear our thermals…)and before booking opens on the 8th, so keep watching!

Dates for your diaries

Just a quick post to say that the next few dates have been set for supperclubs at Macknade. Summer seems to beginning to appear and so diaries start to get full with holidays and plans so I thought I would get ahead.

~20th July
~21st September

I will also be popping up in new spaces and places and will confirm here when they are fixed. as ever if you know of somewhere that might be suitable please let me know via the contact page.