The Sitwell Supper Club was founded and is run by the food critic and MasterChef judge William Sitwell. As restaurant reviewer for The Telegraph and an award-winning writer and editor he is a well-known figure in the food world and beyond and calls on his long-standing friendships with famous chefs who come and cook at his family farm off Exmoor, near Wiveliscombe, West Somerset. The dinners, usually monthly, take place in Sitwell’s converted cowshed, and guests, after drinks (Fortnum & Mason champagne or Fishers gin and Double Dutch tonic) take their places on a single long table that seats 70. Chefs who have cooked at the Sitwell Supper Club include Pascal Aussignac, Olivia Burt, Richard Corrigan, Aldo Zilli, Mark Hix, Henry Harris, Rowley Leigh, Atul Kochhar, Adam Handling, Tommy Heaney and Anna Haugh.
Drinks begin at 7pm with speeches at 7.30pm with events ending by 11pm. Guests travel from across the country to dine but are predominantly local. ‘It’s my privilege to have got to know a great number of brilliant chefs over the years and it’s my huge pleasure to convince them to come and cook in this part of beautiful Somerset,’ says William. ‘The setting is unique – we do ask guests to dress warm in the winter – but we work to provide excellent service to match the quality of the food and I choose wines specially to match the food.’
While prices are £75 per head – with no service charge – there are a variety of prices for wines to suit the guest! Many events can sell quite quickly so guests are urged to follow William on his Eventbrite page and also to subscribe to his monthly newsletter – Sitwell’s Scoop – at https://www.williamsitwell.com/news
In addition to William’s dining programme there are seasonal wine tastings from William’s House Wines, Sitwell’s online wine store. These popular events are free to attend, but guests must register via Eventbrite.
‘As well as bringing to this part of the country a wonderful, unique dining programme the Sitwell Supper is a fabulous social occasion,’ says William. ‘It’s where people make new friends and have a great time.’