The chefs popping up in unusual places across Greater Manchester

Supper clubs are a great opportunity for chefs to experiment and diners to try new things. Usually held in casual dining or unusual settings, they're notably different from a standard restaurant service. Some are themed, some are not. Some lead to fully fledged restaurants or morph into streetfood ventures, whilst others tick away in the background.

By nature, supper clubs come and go and it can be hard to keep track of who's where and when. Some happen regularly across the year while others pop up sporadically - and quickly sell out. All are intimate opportunities to try different cuisines and dishes in the company of like-minded people - often with a creative theme underpinning the meal. What’s not to love about that?

Here’s our pick of the Manchester supper clubs you can go to in 2022.


Cous Cous With Squid Ink And Spirulina From The Embassy Hale Supper Club From Confidentials
The Embassy in Hale is hosting a Confidentials supper club Image: Confidentials

Confidentials supper clubs

We know this is blowing our own trumpet but it’s a bloody good trumpet, alright? Confidentials supper clubs take the expertise of our team and pair it with chefs and restaurateurs from our little black books. This makes for intimate, unique events for real foodies. Take our Robert Owen Brown supper club at The Eagle in Salford earlier this year or most recently an eccentric, European-inspired five-course supper at the The Embassy in Hale. The latter was one of our highest-rated restaurant reviews of last year, don't you know. 

Next up it’s another biggy. Joining forces with The Black Friar to celebrate the Salford gastropub’s first birthday, on Tuesday 9 we’ll be bringing you an exclusive five-course tasting menu. Courses include juniper cured Creedy carver duck breast, monkfish osso bucco and and the now iconic Black Friars famous pie. Vegetarian and vegan options too. All for the handsome price of £59pp. Limited tickets are still available exclusively via the Confidentials app - download it if you haven't already. If you miss out, keep your eyes peeled for the next one as these are going to be a regular thing for 2022 and beyond.


Claire Woodier Claire Market Chef Supper Club Round Up
Claire traded to caf for the club Image: Clarie Woodier

Claire Market Chef 

Claire Woodier’s caf was previously one of the main attractions at New Smithfield Market in Openshaw. With a 13-year-long stint under her belt serving proper bacon sarnies from 2am Monday-Saturday, her supper club life is one of luxury and roasted lemons. 

Although the market caf closed back in 2019, Claire is now a freelance chef and caters for private dining events and supper clubs aplenty. Most recently, a Sgroppino & Seafood Spectacular is set to take place on Saturday 13 August with a seasonal Italian seafood menu in collaboration with Sian from Moregeous Designs (who has also hosted fellow supper clubbers Ness Cohen and The Sri Lankan Experience among others). The August menu includes some pretty special seasonal additions like a peach and Viognier granita and summer leaves ravioli, and tickets are on sale now. There’s also a Pie and "Liquor" Night in Claire’s pipeline (get you a girl that can do both) for Tuesday 16 August at The Beer Shed Brewery in New Mills. You should follow Claire on socials to keep up with her supper-time antics and sign up for a night that tickles your fancy.


Lamb Shoulder Baklava At Manchester Supper Club Dinner By Ness
Lamb shoulder baklava Image: Dinner by Ness

Dinner by Ness

Ness Cohen has cooked all over the world from the Canadian Rockies to the Swiss Alps. Her background as a private chef and teacher has stood her in good stead for supper club duties. In recent years, she has set up a pop-up kitchen in Bristol serving an innovative tapas roast, run a thriving Middle Eastern takeaway from her flat in Ramsbottom and masterminded a host of supper clubs across the North West. Chef in residence at Grape to Grain in both Ramsbottom and Prestwich, as well as other spots around town including the aforementioned Make it Moregeous manor, current menus explore food of Ness's Israeli heritage with a touch of the med. 


A Meat Dish As Part Of The Farm And Fish Supper Club In Monton Manchester
The Farm & Fish supper club makes full use of the in-house fish and meat counters Image: Farm & Fish

Farm & Fish

The supper clubs at Monton’s Farm & Fish, a joint venture between The Wandering Palate over the road and The Butcher’s Quarter, are a celebration of great produce and wine. Based on giving chefs the pick of the meat, fish, cheese and vegetables from the produce counter, set menus are paired with sommelier-chosen wines. Manchester chef Jimmy Carr (not that one) kicked off the inaugural offering with a fish-themed feast (he's back in September) with The Little Sri Lankan another notable headliner.


Isca Wines Levenshulme
Pizza parties, pasta parties, food but make it a party Image: ISCA

ISCA

The thought of an ISCA supper club brings joy to our little hearts. A magnet for excellent in-store winery cameos and associated tastings (German Riesling heroes Brand bros a recent highlight), ISCA have form when it comes to regular, limited-number dining events. Their supper club calendar packs regional European cuisine celebrations and regular pasta parties, with an emphasis on organic produce and heritage grains. There's also a monthly pizza party with Rise (that parmesan crust though, am I right?). 


Macarona Bil Laben A Creamy Sheep Cheese Pasta At The Playfoots Lemon Disco Club Supper Club In Monton Manchester
Macarona bil laben Image: Confidentials

Lemon Disco Club

We’ve waxed lyrical about Playfoots in the past and it’s no surprise that the Monton café bar also does a splendid supper club. Lemon Disco Club chef Nik Prescott dishes up Middle Eastern-inspired menus at spots across Manchester and Lancashire including Playfoots and Plau in Preston. Think dishes like Egyptian-style fava beans with wild garlic and pickles, Macarona bil laben, and creamy sheep's cheese pasta with Swaledale lamb but the fun of supper clubs is the menu is never the same twice.


Le Social Wine Bar In Pollard Yard Manchester
Go be a Le Social Sally Image: Le Social

Le Social

If you’re after a bit of quaint, intimate shipping container supper club action, look no further than Le Social. A tiny natural wine bar in a shipping container in Pollard Yard, New Islington, Le Social's owner Jerome Boullier is a French wine obsessive who knows petit peu about food too. Hosting regular monthly events and collaborative suppers with the likes of bagel-botherers Breadflower (for example a Loire Valley-inspired one with oysters paired with Muscadet, gateau with Bonnezeau) and The Little Pasta company, owner Jerome is always on hand for the perfect wine pairing. Le Social by name, Le Social by nature an ethos of coming together and learning is central to the experience. 


Auntie Joyce Cashew Balls From Little Sri Lankan Manchester Popping Up For A Supper Club In Nourish In Wilmslow
Auntie Joyce cashew balls Image: The Little Sri Lankan

The Little Sri Lankan

Set up as a way to showcase the food of her Sri Lankan heritage, owner Melanie and partner Mike have since taken The Little Sri Lankan to pop-up locations and supper clubs across Manchester. Dishes might include mutton pancake rolls or Auntie Joyce’s cashew ball, a fritter-style mixture of cashew, bacon, potato, green chilli and mint. Regularly on the move, upcoming spots include Didsbury’s A Taste of Honey, Laithwaite’s in Alderley Edge and Sykes Bistro in Reddish.


The Lucky Foot Supper Club At A Tunnel In Mayfield Depot Manchester
A tenner for anyone that can guess the next location. Image: Confidentials

Lucky Foot

What better way to drop down in a city than a mysterious orange wine and fried chicken supper club in an atmospherically lit cavern in central Manchester? That’s exactly how Lucky Foot made its supper club debut earlier this year. Whilst the initial outing married a love of orange wine and fried chicken, future outings are set to explore passions for fried chicken and natural wine further. In true guerrilla dining fashion, details are set to be announced a day before each event with locations kept secret until being released a few hours before.


Makers Supper A Supper Club By Ceramicist Frida Cooper In Manchester
A creative supper club from ceramicist Frida Cooper and chef Holly Sumner Image: Makers Supper

Makers Supper

A joint venture between ceramicist Frida Cooper and chef Holly Sumner, Makers Supper is a collaborative supper club series with creativity and craft at its heart. Bringing together locally-produced food as well as great company, what sets the dining experience apart is the inclusion of three artists who’re invited to collaborate on each meal. Be it dressing the table, producing candles or creating the plates. Different creatives are invited each time and the meal is a great opportunity to share stories and feel inspired whilst tucking into beautiful food.


Pasta From Manchester Pasta Co Which Has A Pop Up At Use Space In Manchester
Pasta lovers of the world, unite Image: Manchester Pasta Co

Manchester Pasta Co

A product of lockdown, Manchester Pasta Co began as a pasta-making operation in Didsbury. With experience working in Michelin-starred kitchens in London, chef Laurie returned to his hometown of Manchester to pursue a career as a private chef before the pandemic put a dampener on proceedings. Laurie Curtis began making fresh, homemade pasta and what originally began as artisan meal kits has since morphed into a popular monthly supper club at Use Space near Piccadilly. The set menus range between four and six courses with options for cocktails and fizz and there's always a homemade pasta main course. Think truffled egg yolk tortellini coated in pancetta butter with freshly grated Tuscan truffles and Parmigiano.


The Chefs Behind Manchester Supper Club Suppher
The chefs behind Supp-her Image: Supp-her

Supp-her

Founded by former Erst colleagues, chef Anna Søgaard and sommelier Kim McBride, Supp-her is an inclusive supper club powered by women. The project was founded to create a space for women working in hospitality to get to know each other whilst also raising money for charities supporting women. Suppher clubs have featured some of Manchester's top chefs from the likes of Erst, The Creameries, Flawd, Where The Light Gets In, Bread Flower and Mana with profits going to a range of charities local and global.

Main image: a supper club at Make It Moregeous


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