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January 2017


Happy New Year! Here we go again.....a brand new, shiny year lies before us, and we can't wait to get cooking!

Two years ago our January newsletter was all about the renovations to our professional kitchen, and believe it or not (maybe I am just a glutton for punishment), we underwent another big makeover this year! Our amazing team of builders swept in on the 20th December, and between then and the 4th January they have extended our mezzanine to create an amazing new upstairs meeting and office space. As I write we are finalising the snagging list, putting the last coats of paint on, and preparing to move in.

So next time you come along to Supper Club, or for a meeting be prepared to see the all new SJHQ; it really is quite different. I don't want to spoil the surprise by sharing any photos just yet, you will just have to wait and see!

Supper Club fans will be delighted to hear that we are back in February, there is a link to book seats below, and might be just the ticket for all you lovers out there as it falls just two days after Valentines Day! We are also delighted to be hosting a private Supper Club in February to raise funds for St Christopher's Hospice, a wonderful local charity.

I hope you all had an amazing, and restful Christmas Break. The team here all enjoyed a well earned rest, and have come back full of energy and excited for the year ahead. January is always a very busy time for us with lots of wedding enquiries flooding in for both the last few 2017 dates, and the newly released 2018 dates. Burns Night is also fast approaching, and Valentines Day will be here before we know it. Add to that the usual corporate enquiries and private events, and it is fair to say that it is all hands on deck to answer your emails and phone calls. We have already had to close some prime Summer dates so please make sure you book us in good time to avoid missing out. It is a really exciting time, and the days fly by incredibly quickly. We have very limited availability for 2017 now so please do get in touch as soon as possible to secure your date and obtain a quotation if you haven't had one already! For those of you still in the early planning stages take a look at the venues page of our website for inspiration, then contact us to find out more.

2016 was quite a year, we fed approximately 15,000 guests at over 200 events. We made thousands of canap├ęs (too many to count), and at least 160 of our famous lemon tarts, using 800 lemons! I don't even want to begin to imagine some of the other figures, but here's to an even busier 2017!

Some say January, some say Gymuary, I say Ginuary! If, like me, you are a gin fan then I thought I would let you know that Hogarths famous Gin Lane painting has been painted in modern day form! It is on display at one of our lovely venues; The Foundling Museum and is well worth a visit.

Before I go, I should maybe mention that this Thursday, 12th January is International Kiss A Ginger should you be passing.......

Best wishes,

Suzanne James


Out with the old & in with the new.....

What a difference a decade (or two) would be right in thinking I have been cooking for an awfully long time now.....!!!!


Horniman Conservatory in the news....

It is no surprise to spot the beautiful Grade II Listed Horniman Conservatory is in the news again, with one of our 2016 wedding receptions featured on

This feature shows what a wonderful blank canvas the Conservatory is thus allowing our couples to bring their own unique style to their day.

From ceremony to reception your day can flow seamlessly with no need to ferry guests from A to B, other than maybe a brief wander through the grounds to the Bandstand for drinks after the ceremony!

Our team of experienced wedding planners can help you with every aspect of your day, including theme, decoration and co-ordination, not to mention our extensive list of contacts within the wedding industry.

See the full article here


England's Glory?

I am sure that by now many of you have had the pleasure of sampling some of the excellent sparkling wines produced in England, and have read about the great success they have enjoyed in competitions against Champagne, but it does seem that 2017 could well be the year of English Sparkling Wines.

Commercial exports of English Sparkling Wine were sent to 27 countries last year, and the government have announced that they expect the volume of exports to increase ten-fold by 2020 - that is an incredible figure and I cannot think of any other industry that is growing at such a pace.

Read more


East Dulwich Supper Club February bookings now open!

Canapes and pre dinner drinks on arrival followed by a three course meal, coffee and chocolates.

Click on the date below for more details and to book via Grub Club.

Thursday, 16th February 2017

Booking Notes
Please remember to add guest names in the comments section and let us know which (if any) of your guests have special dietary requirements. You can also add a note to tell us if you are attending as part of a group so that we can sit your all together. All of this saves us bothering you later, but we will get in touch if we have any queries.

You can read more about Supper Club and view the full menu on our website here.


Immortal Meals?

Vinegar and eggs may be the secret to a long life. At least that's how it looks reading about two of the world's oldest inhabitants. Italian Emma Morano celebrated her 117th birthday in December revealing that she lives on a daily diet of three eggs (two of them raw) and some biscuits. Meanwhile, Jack Mansfield, who sadly died aged 108 just before Christmas, attributed his longevity to a few sips of vinegar every night. If only they'd met they could have enjoyed a lifetime of pickled eggs!

Read more about Emma Morano

Read more about Jack Mansfield


Venue News
The Foundling Museum

The Foundling Museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK's first children's charity and first public art gallery. Established in 1739 by the philanthropist Thomas Coram to care for babies at risk of abandonment, instrumental in helping Coram realise his vision were the artist William Hogarth and the composer George Frideric Handel. Their creative generosity set the template for the ways in which the arts can support philanthropy. Hire is available from 5.00pm Tuesday to Sunday and from midday on a Monday.

Interested in holding an event at the Foundling Museum? Read more about al three Horniman spaces on our website, and contact u for more details!


Eat Seasonally

Each month we write a seasonal food column for SE21, 22 and 23 magazines. Look out for our recipes which also appear on our website.

Eating seasonal produce ensures that you always get the best tasting, healthiest food available, at the very best prices.

Read more about our own policy on seasonal food, and why it matters here and here on our website.


imageOut & About!

We are incredibly lucky to cater at so many amazing museums, galleries and historic venues, who also play host to a altitude of exciting events.

Our "Out & About" section offers a monthly low down on what's happening where for all you thrill seekers and culture vultures.

We hope you enjoy it, and please remember that if you are planning an event we would be delighted to see you at any of our venues in order to give you a guided tour while talking through the endless possibilities. We are often aware of special offers on venue hire and can assist in securing special rates when taking clients to a venue.