The Factory House – Supper Club and Beer Tasting:
My original invitation to review the Factory House, in the heart of the City of London, was superseded by one that I knew my companion, Simon from By-Invitation would relish – a session of beer tasting followed by the inaugural Supper Club event. Now, personally I seldom drink beer but being the meek, sacrificial type of person that I am, I agreed we’d change dates and go along for the Factory House Supper Club at the same time. And, I have absolutely no regrets.
I’m not planning to review the beers, but I did actually enjoy some of them and I relished the chance to sample without having to buy a half pint of something that might not work for me. And, since I’d started the evening with a rather lovely cocktail, it was just a good chance to learn a little more without destroying my liver too much further!
The Supperclub menu turned out to be rather good.
We started the evening with artisan bread and some fine charcuterie
The Charcuterie was entirely UK sourced
- Oxsprings air dried ham from Suffolk
- Fennel salami and British ‘chorizo’ from Lanes farm in Suffolk
- Salt & pepper salami from Islington
- Beer stick – British pork with cayenne and chilli
Good sharing food, I particularly like the chewy beer stick.
We continued our feast with a large pot of slow cooked venison casserole served with sides of braised buttered cabbage and mash. Now, this was hearty comfort food and absolutely right for a very cold winter’s evening. It was something like being invited for dinner with friends who could REALLY cook. And just sitting back, enjoying and sharing the dishes and the company.
There was also plenty for the four of us - although it was tasty enough that I don’t remember anything being left!
Dessert was a pear and apple crumble served with creme anglais (that’s proper custard to you and me!). Perhaps the pears were just a little on the crunchy side for me, but the custard was just a little bit moreish – good enough to eat on it’s own. Overall a really well thought out menu of food with dishes that complemented each other perfectly.
Now gentle readers…those of you who are shocked by London prices please sit down now.
This particular supper club, with a bottle of very drinkable wine (Vacqueyras Château des Roques, 2009) included in the price will cost you £100 for four people (£25 each!). I honestly don’t know of anywhere else in the City where you can sit and eat and drink so well for such a reasonable price.
Book now, and enjoy!
To reserve a table at the Factory House Supper Club, call The Factory House on 020 7929 4590. The weekly Supper Club will take place every Thursday.
The Factory House
No. 10, Lime Street