In Review: The Sneaky Supper Club
On a warm evening in May, Anna and I made our way down through Iffley village, across the lock, and along the tow path to the Isis Farmhouse for The Sneaky Supper Club, a new pop up restaurant created by Max Cooper.
Having grown up in Oxford, Max returned 3 years ago, after working his way up through the London catering scene, wanting to offer the people of Oxford seasonal produce served with fine dining finesse and a unique creative flare.
However, what struck us about the evening is that it is so much more than the delicious menu that Max puts together. Everything from the wait-staff to the beautiful setting, and wonderful live gypsy jazz from Isis Farmhouse owners Adrian and Noreen, adds to the whole experience. Twinkling fairy lights and long banquet style tables add a sense of theatre and whimsy, and a seating plan means you get to chat to different people each time you go, adding to the unique quality of the event.
On to the food! Five courses of ambrosial delights and by far the best meal I have had this year, including the delicious fish course I had instead of the Guinea Fowl. We started with fried aubergine parmigiana, ciabatta, caponata and salad. Totally mouth watering and a wonderful way to start the meal.
Up next, asparagus, ham hock (caponata for me!), orange hollandaise and watercress. Delicate, fresh and beautifully paired with the citrus notes in the hollandaise.
The gin and beetroot cured salmon, courgettes, pickled beets and radish with dill creme fraiche was gorgeous and beautifully plated.
Before the main course, Adrian and Noreen entertained us with a short set of Stephane Grappelli inspired tunes, a perfect accompaniment to the evening. Guinea fowl breast, stuffed leg, garlic and thyme hasselback potatoes, greens and gravy followed which went down very well with the gathered guests!
The meal was finished off with the most luscious dessert of salted caramel dark chocolate mousse, macadamia biscotto, coffee cream, so good our companions asked for seconds! Just perfectly salty, sweet, creamy and chocolatey.
Max manages to combine the skill and knowledge of an accomplished chef creating great food, while at the same time creating events that feel cosy, welcoming and relaxed.
The Isis Farmhouse plays a big part in this, as it’s tucked away location, in a beautiful corner of Oxford by the river Thames adds to the magic of the evening. Noreen and Adrian’s wonderful gypsy jazz, finishes the picture, culminating in a truly unique and uplifting experience.
This is foodie escapism at it’s best, without even leaving the city.
If you want to dive into the magical world of The Sneaky Supper Club, grab your spot here for their next supper at the Isis Farmhouse on the 27th July.