The Pig Guide’s super-exciting new collaboration with two of Bath’s most fabulous foodies launched at The Grapes Bath last night (Wednesday 6 October) with a Middle Eastern Harvest Feast hosted by Grapes’ landlady Ellie Leiper and curated by Bath-based cookery writer, teacher, organic allotmenteer and Supper Club hostess Simi Rezai, who many of you already know as the force behind Simi’s Kitchen.
The feast – served in the uniquely beautiful, lovingly restored, intimate Jacobean Dining Room on the first floor of the pub – began with a Somerset Cup cocktail: The Grapes’ very own take on a classic Pimms made with the Somerset Cider Company’s Kingston Black and apples from the company’s orchard.
Once firmly in the eat, drink and be merry zone, guests tucked into magical sharing platters that included tantalising tasters of Sumac Chicken (or aubergine-rich Kashke Bademjan for the vegetarians), Loubia bil Tahini (green beans in tahini sauce), Batata Harra (golden garlicky potatoes) and a huge pile of herb-laden aromatic salad, resulting in a prandial voyage of discovery showcasing the uniquely tantalising flavours of the Middle East, with many of the strictly seasonal ingredients sourced from Simi’s own allotment. At the finishing line, Labna with Seasonal Fruit Compote offered a sweet goodnight kiss before we went our separate ways… but we’re soon to be reunited!
Ellie, Simi and Melissa will be hosting regular events throughout the year celebrating high days and holidays such as a Fireworks Night Supper on Wednesday 3 November and Burns Night on Tuesday 25 January; watch this space for full details and that all-important advance booking information.
The Pig Guide is super-excited to be collaborating with two of Bath’s most fabulous foodies to present the first in a series of Bath Supper Club Collective events at The Grapes Bath on Wednesday 6 October.
The Middle Eastern Harvest Feast will be curated and delivered by Bath-based cookery writer, teacher, organic allotmenteer and Supper Club hostess Simi Rezai, who many of you already know as the force behind Simi’s Kitchen. The BSCC launch is timed to coincide with both The Great Bath Feast and British Food Fortnight, and the event will take place in the uniquely beautiful, lovingly restored, intimate Jacobean Dining Room on the first floor of The Grapes.
“I was originally inspired to start up the Bath Supper Club Collective because seasonal produce and the ability of food to bring people together is one of the great pleasures in life,” says Grapes’ landlady Ellie Leiper. “Since moving to Bath from the countryside where we grew our own produce for decades and had our own flock of milking sheep, heritage pigs, goats and poultry, I have been struck by a powerful need to reconnect to the changing of the seasons through dishes that delight. Simi’s love for the land and how that translates in her native dishes is joy on a platter for me, as this was the food I grew up with in Nigeria, sharing meals with many Middle Eastern family friends. Meanwhile, Melissa of Pig Guide ‘fame’ was an obvious choice in terms of getting the wheels on this wonderful project rolling!”
Simi enjoys and cooks food from across the world but is best known for her native Persian Azeri dishes. For the past 11+ years she has facilitated and hosted cookery classes inspired by seasonal fruit, vegetables and herbs, sourced from her own allotment when possible and championing local producers. In 2019, Simi launched her successful Lockdown Supper Clubs and she is now looking forward to receiving guests at The Grapes for a feast that she describes as “celebrating the harvest bounty synonymous with this time of the year” (you can check out that fabulous menu here.)
Tickets for the inaugural Bath Supper Club Collective cost just £45pp to include, of course, a fabulous feast and a welcoming seasonal cocktail; to make that all-important booking click on this link… but be warned: numbers are strictly limited to a maximum of 24 guests and are expected to sell out fast, so move now to guarantee your place at the party.
Can’t make the date? Ellie, Simi and Melissa will be hosting regular events throughout the year celebrating high days and holidays such as a Fireworks Night Supper on Wednesday 3 November and Burns Night on Tuesday 25 January.
“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows, where oxlips and the nodding violet grows, quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine, with sweet musk-roses and with eglantine”
The quote is from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the bank is in the glorious, magical gardens of The Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa… and the reason we’re putting them both together in this super-exciting news bulletin is because – ta-daa! – that’s exactly where we’ll be hosting our very special Midsummer Night’s Dream-themed summer Supper Club on Thursday 20 June.
Surrounded by the sights, sounds and smells of the hotel’s beautiful private garden, RCH head chef David Campbell will be serving five courses of seasonal dishes inspired by the traditional English Summer incorporating fresh garden-grown ingredients and accompanied by a matching wine flight carefully selected by bar manager and esteemed sommelier Jean-marc Leitao.
The fabulous feast will be served at one long feasting table to encourage a sociable, chilled-out vibe, and all manner of enchanting flourishes (including an informal Q&A with David himself) will delight, entertain and thoroughly charm all those in attendance. The dress code is smart casual summer party wear (but do feel free to dress according to the theme should you wish to), and blankets will be provided to keep us all snug as the sun goes down. And if it rains? We’ll simply take the merriment indoors, in equally magical surroundings.
As this is a one-off, exclusive event, tickets (which cost £99 per person) are strictly limited to a maximum of 18. Fairies, skip hence! To make that all-important booking, clickety-click right here, right now. Once you have purchased your tickets, please email any dietary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Midsummer supper dietary requirements”.
“I must go now, and seek some dewdrops here, and hang a pearl in every cowslip’s ear” – see you at the party, Piggies!
This week, The Pig Guide is very happy because…
…we’re delighted to hear that, as of Sunday 3 March, the Scallop Shell will be open seven days a week – that’s our Sundays, sorted!
…we’re lovin’ the work of (and the amazing coffee served at!) Friends are Electric, a brand new, groovy little cafe, shop and creative consultancy based at 1 Grove Street, just off Pulteney Bridge.
…we’re gearing up for festival season: The Bradford on Avon Food and Drink Festival (Saturday 1 June), Pub in the Park (21-23 June) and Valley Fest (2-4 August)
…we’re really excited about the forthcoming new menu reveal at the recently-refurbished Griffin Inn.
…we’re eagerly anticipating getting all Thai-d up in the most tasteful way possible at the Marlborough Tavern’s tantalising Thai Night on Wednesday 20 March.
…we’re totally addicted to the croque monsieur, Gratin of Crozet with Tomme de Savoie and Comte croquettes with honey sauce on the menu at Comptoir+Cuisine, best enjoyed with a glass (or several) of Colin Blanche Castille Brut.
…we’re keeping a keen eye on all the brouhaha buzz that’s building up around The Botanist, due to open its doors in The Octagon, Milsom Place (formerly Burger and Lobster) in late March.
…we’re awarding the falafel served up by super-friendly staff at Maureen’s Mediterranean Street Food (Green Park Station) a Pig Guide Gong of Greatness – it is, quite simply, The Most Fabulous Falafel EVER.
And last but most certainly not least:
…we’re planning a rather special Pig Guide event in association with our lovely friends at the splendid Royal Crescent Hotel… watch this space, Piggies!
January: the month of frugality, miserable weather and long, dark nights. Or… the perfect time of the year to go forth and treat yourself (and, might we suggest, that very special someone in your life) to an evening of glamour, decadence and delicious excess? At Pig Guide HQ, we’re going with the latter option – which is why we’ve collaborated once again with our very good friends at The Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel to present the most extravagant, glamorous Pig Guide Supper Club that we’ve yet to host.
Following on from our hugely successful Ambassador’s Dinner last September (part of the Great Bath Feast 2017) we hereby present, for your delectation, our very special, super-indulgent Champagne Supper Club, for which Gainsborough Head Chef has created and designed six utterly amazing, totally treatsome dishes to be accompanied by a Billecart-Salmon Champagne Flight especially selected to match every course. Meanwhile, a Champagne and canapés meet’n’greet reception at the start of the evening, tasteful live music and a unique opportunity to have a chat with Dan about the menus he creates at his eponymous restaurant guarantees an unforgettably elegant evening for all.
Tickets cost £90 to include all 6-courses and, of course, the fizz flight, but if bubbles don’t float your boat, alternative options can be arranged, including non-alcoholic alternatives. But be warned, Piggies! We know from experience that Pig Guide/Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel events sell out fast; for further information or to make that all-important reservation, email email@example.com today.