Landing in my inbox this afternoon was something that got me excited. A tasty looking supper club, a mere few feet from my own door! A) yay and B) how the hell hadn’t I heard of it already?!
Chef Jack Greenall, who runs Smoke and Thyme, has been regularly popping up at The Library on Cowley Road on a Wednesday evening from 5pm, with his BBQ Night. Menus have included salt beef sandwiches, three kinds of lamb, Guinness burgers, aubergine steaks and, allegedly, “the best pulled pork in Oxford” (well we’d better try some of that then!).
As well as this, Jack has been running monthly supper clubs on Divinity Road, on a pay-what-you-think-it’s-worth format. According to Jack he uses this nights to try out new recipes and get feedback from diners to help tweak the recipes. Featuring locally sourced ingredients and a range of influences from modern British to classic French, Southern US-style BBQ, Indian, and Levantine/Middle Eastern cuisine, the supper clubs will be taking a new direction this September, relocating to Restore Garden Cafe on Cowley Road.
Partnering with local charity Restore, the popup restaurant will run monthly, from 11th September, with a share of the proceeds goes to supporting the work they do with people with mental health issues.
The launch menu will feature a set of seasonal dishes every month specially crafted by chef and business owner Jack Greenall. The dishes are all brand new creations and guests will be among the very first people to try them. On the night diners get the chance to rate, comment on and talk to the chef about each dish and at the end of the night are asked to pay what they feel the meal was worth. This gives diners a unique chance to try something different and contribute to the development of new menus.
Previous Supper Club menus have included; roast beef with bone marrow mash, crab cakes and asparagus ice cream, salt beef tongue, smoked pepper & sweetcorn soup, toast-flavoured ice cream and onglet steak with blue cheese and tenderstem broccoli.
To book your space or find out more, visit their website: www.smokeandthyme.com