It’s not unusual to be a little nervous before your first supper club. They’re completely differently to your average restaurant experience., which is also why seasoned supper clubbers love them!
There’s no complicated rulebook and you don’t have to go through a secret initiation process to attend. Supper clubbers are generally a friendly and diverse bunch looking to meet new people and enjoy the evening together over the dinner table.
Here’s a few tips for making the most of your first supper club!
One of the best things about supper clubs is meeting new people you might never have got a chance to chat to before:
- Ease yourself in by bringing a chatty friend. Two is a great number to come to a supper club with but make sure to catch up before you arrive. Once you’re there, there’ll be a whole host of interesting people to get to know!
- Or, don’t be scared to go on your own. On the Grub Club website, we have many diners that regularly attend events solo because they know they’ll be sitting on a table with other friendly faces.
- It might see unnatural to make conversation with strangers but the trusty “so, have you gone to a supper club before?” will normally break the ice very well!
- Supper clubs are a unique opportunity to get to know the chefs behind your meal. If you’re curious about them or their recipes, make sure to ask as they’ll likely be more than happy to chat!
GO WITH IT
Supper club chefs are most likely home cooks running the events as a hobby or professional chefs looking to make the big leap on their own. Therefore, be conscious that they’re not restaurants:
- The vast majority of supper clubs have a set menu so be adventurous and prepared to try new things! Whilst they’re generally able to cater for vegetarians, complex dietary requirements or personal dislikes might not be able to be catered for as there won’t be enough man power to create an entirely new dish.
- One of the best things about supper clubs is BYOB! Save your pennies by taking along a bottle from the local offie or use it as an opportunity to splurge on a more expensive bottle that you’d have to pay 5x more for in a restaurant! Make sure to take enough along as the event is likely to go on for the whole evening.
- Supper clubs chefs will have some friends or family helping them but service might be a little DIY. There’ll be water on the table to help yourself to and it’s likely you’ll keep the cutlery between each course. The DIY aspect is part of the fun and when they’ve made it to the big time, you can say that you were a part of the journey!
Supper clubs are carefully planned and organised so there are a few things you can do to make things a little easier for the host:
- Even more so than restaurants, it’s important to arrive on time (not late or early!). Serving a number of people a set menu at the same time is no mean feat so the timings will likely have been carefully planned out. Plus if you get there on time, you’ll make sure you can make the most of any pre-dinners nibbles or welcome drinks!
- Don’t cancel last minute! Unlike restaurants, chefs carefully plans their budget, ingredients and preparation time around the number of guests that have booked. Therefore, cancellations make a huge impact on chefs and leave empty spaces around the table which isn’t fun for other diners.
- And, of course, employ all of the common sense etiquette (treat the home/venue as you would your own, e.t.c., e.t.c) as you normally would being the polite, lovely individual that you are
- Read and leave feedback. Supper clubs chefs will be grateful for any feedback you can give. Leaving reviews and ratings for the event you’ve attended allows our chefs to grow and improve and shows other users which events they should be making a beeline for!
…AND, MOST OF ALL, RELAX AND HAVE FUN!
We’ve been to lots of supper clubs, eaten all sorts of food and dined with all ages and demographics of people. Supper clubs are a very mixed bag but the joining thread in between them is the diners ready for some adventure and to meet new people.
Check out our list of supper clubs in London here. We can’t wait for you to try one!