Harden's survey result
Harry & Caroline Hallam were way ahead of their time when – over thirty years ago – they launched what’s effectively a pop-up supper club in their front room. A handwritten menu offers a limited choice of two dishes for starter, main and pud and Harry’s cooking is in fairly traditional style, but – if not exactly ‘fine dining’ – very highly accomplished. It’s not a big space, with only ten seats, so on a quiet night you need to bring your own atmosphere. But no-one commenting gives anything less than full marks: book ahead, or they won’t know to buy food for you.
Harry & Caroline Hallam are celebrating thirty years in business at this 10-seater in their front room (which started decades before pop-ups and supper clubs entered the mainstream). Harry cooks (in a fairly traditional style), Caroline serves, and ratings all-round remain outstanding. There’s no website – they write out a hand-written menu daily. Book ahead, or they won’t know to buy food for you.
Harry & Caroline Hallam’s quaint 10-seater feels like you’re dining in their front room – you are! – with Harry at the stoves presenting you with a small, hand-written menu with a couple of choices for each course, and Caroline front of House. Their venture was founded long before the term pop-up had acquired its current meaning: they are about to enter their 30th year in business! Reports are not as numerous as once they were, but their small, loyal fan club are as ecstatic as ever regarding the exceptional cuisine and genuine welcome.
“Unique: a bucket-list, must-visit experience!”; Harry and Caroline Hallam’s “quaint” 10-seat venture, in their front room, continues to dazzle most reporters, owing to Caroline’s “lovely” personal service, and Harry’s “outstanding cooking”, using whatever seemed good to buy that day. In such a tiny space, ambience can be elusive (and is somewhat dependent on fellow diners), and it also drew some unusual flak for being “overpriced” this year, amidst the odd accusation that it had “lost its sparkle somewhat”. On most reports, however, this remains one of the UK’s most individual of indies!
|Wine per bottle||£22.00|
17 High Street, Great Gonerby, NG31 8JS
|Tuesday||12:30 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12:30 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Thursday||12:30 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Friday||12:30 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Saturday||12:30 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑9:30 pm|