The Maven Supper Club

“Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut”Ernest Hemingway

I first heard about the supper club at the Maven from fellow blogger Steph over at the food I eat. Chef Richard Walton-Allen and owner of the Maven, Nino came up with the idea of creating a supper club that paired good food with fine wines and cocktails.

The theme for this supper club was Hemingway, a great literary icon who was well known for his love of food but more so for his love of a fine cocktail.

smokey margaritas

If you have been to the Maven for drinks before you may be a little apprehensive as to where this meal could be set up. This all became clear when we received our email conformation menu along with a passcode to the secret Hendricks room.

The Maven bar is on other side of Call Lane in Leeds city centre. There is no signage at the front, just a large black door that leads to a set of steps which leads you another door with a massive ‘M’

The decor is 1920’s, American pre-prohibition, the bartenders wear Statford collar shirts and suspenders on their trousers. This just further adds to the bar’s speakeasy-esque character.

We ordered two smoky margaritas and the entered into the secret room, our table was decorated with ripped Hemingway pages and our menu was quirkily displayed on our bread bag.

We began the meal with a Bloody Mary appetiser served with an enfused cherry tomato.

bloody mary

The cold smoked mackerel which was used in the starter had been prepared in Richard’s garden in his very own smoker.

With Mackerel being such an oily fish the acidity in the grapefruit cut through this to reveal the meaty flavours of the fish and made this dish one of my favourites of the night.

cold smoked mackerel

The Langoustine risotto was light, well cooked and the perfect amount for the third course. This dish was the Other half’s favourite, not being a massive pork fan I think he would had preferred to have had a larger serving.

suckling pig pamplona

The main was Suckling pig ‘Pamplona’. Pamplona, was an area that Hemingway visited each year for the San Fermín, running of the bulls festival. Although I loved the pork, I felt that the aioli could have done with a bit more of a kick.

“Bullfighting is the only art in which the artist is in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance in the performance is left to the fighter’s honor.” Ernest Hemingway

The dessert, a deconstructed Singapore Sling was delicious I loved the rummy pot of frozen granita and the herby pineapple against the creamy vanilla and coconut cheesecake.

singapore sling

We had a Hemmingway Daiquiri, which was one of the cocktails that were created for the night.

hemingway daiqui

The night was rounded off with homemade chocolate truffles with a cigar & rum infusion and a beautiful black coffee supplied by La Bottega Milanese.


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