Posh supermarket chain Waitrose planning to introduce fine dining ‘supper clubs’ to stores across the UK
WAITROSE is planning to introduce fine dining “supper clubs” in stores across the country.
The posh supermarket chain tried out the idea in the branch cafe at Haywards Heath, West Sussex.
Nine nights were sold out in April and May, with customers giving “overwhelmingly positive feedback” over the £35-a-head three-course meal.
Karen Himsworth, manager of Waitrose Cookery School which provided the chefs, said: “There is a lot for us to consider before we decide if we can take it forward, but the experience has been incredibly encouraging.”
She said not all branches had space for a supper club and location would be an important factor.
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She added: “All our stores are different, so we need to think about things such as menu choice.”
The supper clubs, which have also been trialled at Newbury, Berks, and Salisbury, Wilts, featured mood lighting and jazz.
The menu included a brown shrimp cocktail starter, main course of roast chicken ballotine and chocolate pave dessert.