The Crab Apple Tree

It was the perfect end to a perfect week. Dinner at The Crab Apple Tree run by Dave and Louise.  Dave the chef, happens to work at The Sunshine Bakery in Chapel Allerton. If you mention The Sunshine Bakery to anyone these days, you immediately get, lots of ‘Ooo’s & Aah’s’, along with ‘That’s my favourite place’.

So to end my perfect week, I followed the secret instructions on the very pretty invitation card that Louise had made. ‘When you arrive at ……………You will need to …………… here you will find………………….’

It was all very secret and mysterious, and that’s one of the many things we like about Supper Clubs.

I was the first to arrive, and was greeted with the warmest of welcomes. Gradually the other guests arrived, half of whom I had already met which was very reassuring because the Gent decided to stay at home for this one.

Honey and Mustard Chicken Cherries

British Bouillabaisse with Monkfish, Gurnard and Seabass.

The first course was British bouillabaisse, which I’ve never had before, was really nice with some equally nice homemade bread. You just can’t beat the home made stuff.

Redwine braised Venison Shank

Huge plates followed with the Red wine braised Venison Shank, not too gamey either, and the steak was just perfect, nice and pink. This main course was a very generous portion and a few of us were struggling, especially as we knew what was to follow for dessert, so most of us asked for the remainder of our Venison shanks to take home. Mine is warming in t’oven for tea as we speak. Shall I let the gent have a taste, we’ll see.

Lime Sorbet

After a very light, and not too sweet lime sorbet to cleanse the pallet. Louse asked if we would all like a little breather to make room for the Walnut & Sultana parkin dessert to follow. So we did.

At this point I would like to enlighten you dear readers on the table conversations we had.

  • Pork Pies
  • Pork Pie Judging
  • Varieties of Pork Pies and any alternative suggestions and meanings. You had to be there to know what I mean by that.
  • Breast Milk Cheese
  • Jacuzzis
  • Did I mention Pork Pies, yep I did
  • Falling trees blocking the road
  • Keys being locked in cars
  • Men Who Bake
  • Blog Spamming comments which apparently turned out not to be. Much to the delight of the blogger.  Which resulted in over 1k page hits that day and from the sounds of it even more to come.

Walnut and Sultana Parkin with blackberries and iced vanilla and treacle.

Getting back to the Yummy dessert. I was determined to finish mine, but other guests were struggling a bit, but in time I think we all managed to find room for it all.


With Tea &  coffee plus chocolates to follow it was the perfect evening. This is their 3 event, I think, but if last night is anything to go by we’ll be hearing about this new Leeds Supperclub for quite a while.

The Crab Apple Tree

Great hosts, guests and food. And good conversation.


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