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Titchwell Manor Supper Club
Tel: 01485 210221
Informal themed evenings of good food, good wine and good company: five courses by an award winning chef and unlimited wine!
Where to find it
Titchwell Manor can be found on the main coastal road from Hunstanton to Brancaster. It has two exceptional restaurants: the conservatory restaurant, and the eating rooms where the supper clubs are held.
What to expect
Award winning chefs and exceptional food naturally go together, just as fine dining has become synonymous with silver service and formal dress. I love quality food but aren’t so keen on the hushed voices and pretentious starch white service, so imagine my delight on discovering an evening of food distinction minus the stuffiness.
Titchwell Manor’s supper club is relaxed, informal and friendly; simply good food, good wine and good company. A winning formula no doubt, but add in the talent and finesse of the culinary genius that is Eric Snaith and you’re in for a treat. He’s a humble, approachable, down-to-earth guy who loves innovative cooking and socialising in equal measure. That’s perhaps why the supper club’s five course menu is prepared front of house allowing for maximum interaction; delicate dishes are stirred with one hand as he chats to his guests with ease.
Each evening has a theme based on a local supplier. There’s an informal introduction to the food and wine selections but this is brief unless you desire to learn more. I joined the venison-focused evening with Houghton Hall’s exuberant park manager, Julian Stoyel, and was impressed by his commitment to ensuring outstanding venison for his suppliers whilst maintaining the highest levels of moral conduct for his beloved deer herds.
Eric produced an inspiring selection of venison dishes that included parfait, barbequed shoulder and roasted haunch which was melt-in-the-mouth tender and packed with flavour. Vegetarians are catered for too with their own menus, and requesting a seafood dish minutes before serving didn’t even raise an eyebrow. The food was outstanding and the live cooking environment, coupled with an informal atmosphere, was a refreshing novelty. Smells and aromas mixed with the laughter of contended guests, washed down by free-flowing professionally matched wine made the evening not only highly enjoyable but also great value for money at £40 a head. I get the feeling Titchwell supper club isn’t really a commercial enterprise. It’s unquestionably a celebration of quality local produce, showcased through unprecedented cuisine, but also just an excuse to cook for friends, create new relationships and share a love of food. An un-missable night I’d highly recommend.
Supper clubs usually take place every 6-8weeks, on a Tuesday or a Thursday evening kicking off from 7pm. £40 a head including a five course menu and unlimited wine.