Dining on the sly at London's secret supper clubs

Tue Mar 8, 2011 7:02pm EST
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By Simon Falush

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Psst. Keep this sweet but exciting secret to yourself: Clandestine dining venues are popping up in homes all over London.

Secret supper clubs -- word of mouth dining clubs usually in people's homes -- have been springing up all over London in the last two years, providing adventurous foodies with the chance to eat in intimate and very personal settings.

Imagine being welcomed into a stranger's home, taken to the shed at the bottom of their garden and given a hearty and very tasty meal.

Sounds a far-fetched scenario, but that was what was on offer to the lucky few who managed to get on the list for an event at a cozy, one-bed apartment in a cosmopolitan suburb of north London last month.

Nicola Swift, a marketing executive and Andrew Newman who works in social services, run The Shed Likes Food, a club which started in 2009.

They have served over 500 dinners in the wooden shack in their garden, and love the buzz of feeding their foodie fans.

They usually charge 15 pounds ($24.10) a head to cover costs, but their recent Pie Party was a new departure for the couple who both come from Scunthorpe in the north of England.

Guests enjoyed the traditional British dish of pie and mash in return for an edible gift which could be shared with the other guests.   Continued...

<p>Diners attend a Lex Eat brunch at an apartment in London, March 5, 2011. REUTERS/Simon Newman</p>