Restaurant review: Supper club at The Spread Eagle, Camden, NW3
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Supper clubs, where diners sit round communal tables and tuck into exotic “home-made” meals, have been around for a while now.
They started out in people’s homes and in temporary, mostly underground venues, but now it seems more established venues are getting involved.
One of them is the Spread Eagle Pub in Camden, which offered a four-course feast plus drinks for £35.
It was one of three Young’s-owned pubs in London running this type of event for the first time to celebrate British Food Fortnight.
We started off with a Bloody Mary before being introduced to our fellow diners, who were supper-club regulars.
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Once past the initial awkwardness we soon relaxed and even cracked out a game of Pictionary before the main course.
Two more diners who were meant to join us decided they’d prefer to sit on their own in the corner, which kind of missed the point.
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The starter, a trio of Scottish quail’s egg, fish chowder and Welsh rarebit, were all decent but a bit on the heavy side, especially as we had a mammoth roast beef dinner to come.
It was crying out for something fresh and green to balance the richness.
The roast beef was the best course. Beautifully cooked meat, lovely roast potatoes and a roasted beetroot and sweet purée that provided a nice twist.
By this point, everyone was pretty full, but there were still two more courses to get through.
The cheese portion was, thankfully, very small, and was served with a Young’s London stout before we started our trio of desserts.
Again, these were all a bit on the heavy side. They included a trifle, a treacle tart and a Damson fool. All delicious but impossible to finish.
The highlight of the evening was definitely the drink.
The white Marsanne from the All Saints Estate in Rutherglen, Australia, was fresh and crisp – perfect for the creamy starters which it accompanied.
For the roast beef we had a Grande Reserve Malbec from Argentina, which was, again, the ideal choice and went down well with everyone.
All in all, a fun way to spend a Sunday night and excellent value. Even if you’re a bit apprehensive about eating with strangers, if you like food and eating out you’re bound to have at least one thing in common with the person you’re sitting next to.