Charlie and Evelyn’s Table is a supper club run by Chris and Rachel Rowley. They invite up to 8 guests into their home for dinner. It’s the first supper club I came across in Edinburgh and I was very keen to try it. Even in September all dates for 2010 were fully booked so I was thrilled when Rachel agreed to host a special date for me as a Sunday Brunch Club event.
On arrival, we chatted in the lounge with a glass of bubbly and canapés before being shown through to the dining room. Rachel explained that Charlie and Evelyn’s table is named after the dining table that Chris inherited from his late grandparents. The table was set beautifully, the lighting was just perfect to create an intimate ambience and the music complemented the mood.
We had brought our own wine, as requested, and Rachel labelled the bottles with our names and served them throughout the evening. No easy task as we all had different bottles and The Sommelier brought 3 different wines, one for each course. I was so pleased that he’d brought wine for me too – thanks it was delicious!
We were amused by colcannon soup. A rich creamy and very tasty start to a superb dinner.
To start we had salmon. Banish from your mind any notion of bland salmon, this cured offering was incredibly tasty and perfectly complemented by fresh lime, onion confit and smoked bacon. The texture was fleshy and juicy rather than dry and flaky. I enjoyed it and judging by the platters of my dining companions it was a hit all round. My picture really doesn’t do it justice, for it looked amazing too.
The main course was beef casserole served with rarebit, broccoli and red cabbage – the perfect dish for a Winter’s evening. It was the best beef casserole I have tasted in a long while – the beef was flavoursome and very tender. It was served in individual dishes, which I thought was a lovely touch.
Throughout the evening I was most impressed by the range of the Rowleys’ tableware. Beautiful slate platters for the salmon, gorgeous individual lidded dishes for the casserole, beautiful teaspoons (yes even the teaspoons were special!). I could go on…!
The sweet was a delicious apple and cinnamon brulée with an apple sorbet. As we all know brulées can be difficult to get right but yet again it was spot-on. The apple sorbet was a real treat too, and I would guess home-made.
The meal finished with teas and coffees served with the same care and attention as the rest of the meal.
Charlie and Evelyn’s Table is a labour of love for the Rowleys which is demonstrated in everything they do. From the care and attention that goes into creating a beautiful table, sourcing fresh local ingredients and presenting it all in a manner which makes dining with them a feast for all the senses. They create an experience that a team of staff at a first-class restaurant would be proud of.
Goodness knows how they can do it for £20 per head using the type of ingredients they do, with the kind of expensive tableware habits they obviously indulge and the amount of time invested in ensuring that diners have an exceptionally good dinner and a wonderful time.
I highly recommend a visit to Charlie and Evelyn’s Table EDINBURGH DIVA RATING: 9.5/10
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