The best Valentine's Day supperclubs in East London
By Holly Penhale
As far as favourite February foodie holidays go, let’s be honest, Valentine’s Day will always fall in second place to Pancake Day. Never has that been truer than this year, when the two mid-week occasions are literally on two consecutive days. But if you do need to counteract the abundance of crêpes and chocolate spread with some actual food – or if your lover is expecting the full three-courses-and-a-rose-between-the-teeth treatment – then we've got you covered. Here's our pick of the best pop-up V-Day's supperclubs and dinners in and around East London...
If your Valentine’s plans involve watching Bridget Jones’s Diary and crying into a Milk Tray then The Elmore Jam has a pick-me-up weekend planned designed for those flying solo. This anti-Valentine’s supperclub will be catered by chef Alex Cooper, a graduate of the Le Cordon Blue School. Having worked in a two-Michelin-star restaurant before setting up his supperclub, the menu - including heirloom tomato panzanella, 24-hour braised lamb and chocolate and ginger tart - will have you falling in love to the tune of the accompanying jazz music. It’s £45 for three courses, it's also BYOB and you can get tickets from here.
Hopefully you and your partner are past that initial self-conscious phase where you avoid ordering spaghetti in restaurants because this event is set to be a messy one. The Cheese Wheel - street food stars who literally dunk your pasta in a wheel of Parmesan - have designed four mouth-watering cheese-based courses, the star of which is fresh fettuccine served on said wheel of cheese, with your own chosen toppings. If that’s not enough to whet your appetite then the mozzarella-stuffed arancini and tiramisu cheesecake should to the trick. All that and a grapefruit Bellini on arrival for just £66 per couple. The feast takes place in KERB Camden and you can pick up tickets by clicking here.
If a romantic Italian is what you’re after on February 14, then you’re in luck because the folks at Frizzante are offering just that. The cafe are hosting a supperclub with a four-course menu of authentic Italian dishes made with locally sourced, East London produce, including chickpea tart with ricotta mousse, lamb with artichokes or baked aubergine with buratta and confit cherry tomatoes. Also catering for vegetarians and vegans, this little gem could be just the place for you if you’ve decided to extend Veganuary. At just £35 per head, it may not be an Italian stallion but it’s the next best thing. To book - email firstname.lastname@example.org.