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Supper Club Etiquette

Supper Clubs are peculiar things – a cross between a dinner party and a restaurant. You get the informality of a domestic setting but with the added benefit of a restaurant service – no cleaning, cooking, table-laying, serving or clearing up!

So, please treat the supper club as you would a friend’s dinner party and treat your hosts as you would want your guests to treat you in your own home.

Browse through my website to familiarise yourself with the sort of food I serve and to get an idea of what to expect. If you’re not planning a surprise for anyone, forward a link to my site to your friends too. You should find answers to most common questions here, but if you have any specific questions, please do drop me an email well in advance so that I can send you a considered reply.

Dietary requirements – let me know well in advance if you, or any of your party, have food allergies or specific dietary requirements so that I can prepare a suitable alternative for you. Due to the size of my kitchen, team and the style of my food, I cannot accommodate the following dietary restrictions; vegan, severe nut allergy and egg. Please don’t send me long lists of ingredients that you, or your guests ‘don’t like’ – a supper club is, after all, for adventurous foodies.

My balanced, seasonal and delicious menus are planned, and the ingredients are ordered (or plucked from the ground) well in advance and it’s not possible to rustle-up a vegetarian option at the last minute! Thanks to my sophisticated database (courtesy of my husband, Nick!), I do my best to make sure that you will never have the same meal twice – unless you request it, of course.

Dress – Wear whatever you’re comfortable in. Personally, I think a bit of sparkle never hurt anyone and some guests even like to make their private dinners a black tie event – it’s up to you.

Drinks – We’re not licensed and cannot sell alcohol by law. But you can, of course, bring your own! One of the benefits of a supper club over a restaurant is that you can bring much better quality wine than you would get in a restaurant and save a fortune at the same time. We provide chilled tap water but if you want any other soft drinks, again, bring your own. We’ll give you back any drinks that are left over at the end of the evening, so you can bring as much as you want. Our fridge isn’t huge, so please bring your drinks pre-chilled if possible. If you are a larger private party I am happy if you have your wine delivered direct to us. The table is laid with water, and wine glasses so if you are bringing fizz, pudding wine or port let me know in advance so you can have the correct glassware on the table

Turn up on time – Preparing a delicious meal in a domestic kitchen, without an army of staff, is a very tall order and your meal will have been planned to be served at a pretty exact time. There is only one service and no room for delay. There’ll be other guests waiting for their meal too and it isn’t fair to keep them waiting either. Conversely, please try not to arrive early! The final stages of preparation are usually very hectic and tempers may be a bit frazzled. However, we appreciate that where we live is quite remote and if you are visiting for the first time you may leave extra time for your journey. Don’t be afraid to knock on the door, but bear with me as I might not have waiting staff here to help welcome you but I can try whilst stirring a risotto.

Consider the other guests and respect my home – As you would in a restaurant, please keep the noise to a reasonable level and respect the other diners. It’s not a library, but it’s not a rugby changing room either! Remember that this is my home too and look after the place – unlike a restaurant, any breakages are likely to be prized personal possessions. We put little boxes of trivia questions on the tables and bells to ring for service. These are not to be removed by guests. (Yes, this has happened on more than one occasion!)

Service – I have a wonderful bunch of waiters, including Nick, my long-suffering husband, who work hard to serve and look after you. They all work tirelessly to make your evening a memorable one. I don’t add a service charge but leave that to your discretion – but bearing in mind that even the most appalling service in a restaurant will incur a 12% charge, I hope you won’t mind adding a ‘little something’ at the end of the evening – it really makes a huge difference and will be much appreciated.

Complaints – Please, please mention anything that you’re not happy about to me, Nick or anyone serving you. Anything can be quickly resolved there-and-then and we can make sure that your evening isn’t spoilt. I’d hate to think of anyone going home unhappy without having had the opportunity to resolve the matter at the time.

Cancellations – Unlike a commercial restaurant, I buy ingredients and prepare meals for the number of guests that have booked and I don’t have any margins to cover these costs if my guests don’t come. read my terms and conditions of booking if you have to cancel. You can always ask your friends to take your place and I will try to fill the table if at all possible. But, if there really is no alternative, I ask that the cost of the dinner is still paid.

This was one of the most amazing dining experiences I’ve had. The setting was beautiful and the warmest of welcomes from the hosts. It’s like having dinner at a friends house. There is so much I could say about how brilliant it is – the food is out of this world, the service was amazing and we had a truly wonderful evening.

Every course we ate was utterly delicious, well balanced and plentiful. We were stuffed to the brim by the time we left. Fantastic value for money.

Just wanted to say a huge thank you to you, Nick and Clint for a really wonderful evening on Saturday. Everything was absolutely faultless and we had such a fun time.  You made us feel so welcome in your lovely home and your food is outstanding – the Jerusalem artichoke risotto and the gazpacho granita in particular for me – how on earth you manage to get so much flavour into those dishes I have no idea!

I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone! We all had an amazing time. You were fantastic hosts, the food was outstanding, set in a lovely location. Perfect!

Thanks for the meal yesterday. We really enjoyed the food. Will definitely be back

If you are looking for a fantastic evening, with mouth watering food and amazing people hosting you in there home this is the place to go. An experience everyone should encounter (I have more than I can count on one hand !) the waiting list is MORE than worth the wait!

An absolutely fabulous night with friends, in the comfort of Jules & Nicks home. You’re made to feel welcome as soon as you step inside & they look after you from that moment until you leave. The food was fabulous.

Fabulous ? Learnt absolutely loads and been cooking risotto for years! Lots of tasty food, fabulous fellow foodies and wine. What more could I ask for?

We had a super supper last night – all tasted lovely and ‘cooked’ happily in the AGA, Thank you

I just wanted to thank you for creating a wonderful feast amidst grim times. All your dishes were a delight and really made a birthday celebration. We are so lucky to have found your magical meals!

Most welcoming home. We celebrated a very special couples silver wedding anniversary . Company terrific and we were treated to a most superb meal. Great menu, faultless presentation and even better taste ! Would love to visit again . Thank you for a superb evening.

Absolutely LOVE this!! Love our weekly chats and my weekly Secret Supper takeaway is such a highlight so I’m delighted you might continue ?

Thank you so much for making my birthday so special. You’re both the perfect hosts and you, Jules, are a VERY talented chef; the meal was sublime – the blend of flavours exquisite and a joy to eat. I think everyone should sample your excellent cuisine at least once in their lives – you should be on everyone’s ‘Bucket List’!

Coming to you for Andrew’s 60th was a triumph. I’m so pleased I trusted my instincts because you and your team exceeded all expectations. Fabulous!

If you want good food, good service and a good atmosphere then you need to get to the Secret Supper in Somerton. I have made numerous visits and always look forward to my return and what Jules has in store for us that evening.

The takeaway you made this week was amazing ? You have managed to keep the restaurant quality and it was so easy to do. The instructions are great and took no time at all. A real pleasure and will be back for more ???

You have made lock-down bearable! Your takeaway food is sublime. Thank you for all the amazing dishes – your passion for food and your unwavering commitment to the best quality ingredients… ❤️

What a find! We visited Jules, Nick and Flora yesterday evening for one of her restaurant nights and enjoyed one of the most welcoming and fun evenings ever. The food was exquisite, top quality fare, the service perfect.

Thank you to you and your family for the most memorable wedding day ever!!!!! It was all we had hoped and dreamed of and more… Just perfect!!

An absolutely fabulous night with friends, in the comfort of Jules & Nicks home. You’re made to feel welcome as soon as you step inside & they look after you from that moment until you leave. The food was fabulous.

Have wanted to visit for a long time and last night we finally made it!! What a hidden gem this place is. Fabulous food; wonderful, welcoming atmosphere; perfect hosts. Am already planning a return visit. If you want a treat and something different you won’t be disappointed.

I had such a fun afternoon! Thank you soo much!! I’ve come away with soo many top tips and a good shopping list ?xx

Thank you for our Supper tonight – it was sensational. X

We learned so much from Jules – I have made risottos before but they were nothing like the ones we tasted! It was an amazing way to spend a few hours – they went too quick! Roll on the next one – curry please ??

Thank you for a truly wonderful evening last night, the food was unbelievably delicious – only hope we will not be banned for slightly raucous singing exhibition – Thanks again!

The food was wonderful – the paella and the cheesecake were the best and the tapas was really authentic too. Such a nice treat and, if it wasn’t for the cotswold stone on your house, we could have been in Spain!