what is The Olive Club?
You may have heard a lot recently about the new wave of underground restaurants and secret supper societies, where you can eat fantastic wholesome food in unique locations, often people's own homes.
In the current environment, where we see our high streets dominated by chain restaurants and takeaways, there is a real lack of independent bistro type places, offering seasonal and carefully planned home cooked food which means that there is a growing interest in eating at these more interesting pop up style restaurants.
The Olive Club is inspired by both this and the small backstreet restaurants in Paris or the even more informal Ferme Auberge in rurul France, where you turn up and eat whatever delights are on 'Maman's' menu that evening.
I love cooking for people, and to host in our beautiful home and allow people to enjoy the comfort and relaxed atmosphere is what I love to do best.
Our dining room is quite informal, and the atmosphere is always welcoming and friendly. In the winter, we keep you all cosy and relaxed with our log burner and plenty of candles and in the summer we can seat you outside, and make the most of our beautiful terrace overlooking the stunning Hertfordshire countryside.
how does it work?
Supper clubs are a fantastic way to meet new people, people often from your local area who are interested in food and doing things a little bit different. You may find yourselves seated with people you haven't met before, but it is a good opportunity to potentially make new friends or just spend the evening in different company! If you come in a group you will always be seated together, but there may be other people on your table too.
We offer a set menu which will be sent to you when you book and will also be published on the website. This will often centre around a theme or what is in season at the time. Please let me know at the time of booking if you have any allergies or intolerances.
The menu is a fixed price and we will need to ask you to pay for your tickets up front when you book, just to protect us from any last minute cancellations. We can accept cheques or bank transfer, so I will arrange with you when you book.
We encourage you to BYOB as we don't provide alcohol, and we can store your bottles in our fridge if you would like. Please bring them ready chilled if you can as we do not have facilities to chill at speed! And please note, we will never charge you corkage!
Chilled water, tea and coffee will be included in your menu.
Our address details will be sent once you have booked, but we are on the outskirts of Hertford, about 2 miles from town.