Author Archives: Susie Barker

About Susie Barker

Wine loving, food obsessed geek. Spend most of my time experimenting in the kitchen, attending food type events or planning supperclub evenings for Dinner at the Manor with my good friend Martini Man.

Dinner NOT at the Manor! Tickets on sale

Saturday 12th July 2014 – Latin American Pop Up!
2 spaces available (updated 22.56 22nd April)

We’re excited to reveal the first of our summer pop up events – Dinner NOT at the Manor. For one night only we’ll be taking over a Leeds city centre location to bring the glamour, cosiness and great food of the Manor into an exciting new space.

The theme will be Latin American as we want to bring back food from some of our most favourite cook books and cuisines including Mexican and Peruvian – zingy, fresh food for a hot (we hope!) summer’s evening!

Pop Up

What you can expect
The Dinner at the Manor experience turned on its head! We’ll be serving the same top quality food, six courses in all, with an additional welcome cocktail and sweet treats to finish.

Where will it be?
Our venue is a secret for now but is a Leeds city centre location. They are very excited to be working with us and are planning an alcohol flight to accompany the meal. We’ll provide more details of this nearer the time and should you wish to partake then you’ll be able to pre-order from them direct.

Any other Info?
We have 14 spaces round our table, costing £38.00 pp with no booking fees. For our booking terms and conditions please click here.

Book Now - you’ll be taken to our Paypal checkout. Please advise us of any dietary requirements upon booking.

2 spaces available (updated 22.56 22nd April)

 

Review – Twisted Burger Company, Aire Bar

Well, burger me – yet another burger joint has descended upon Leeds. Not that this is a bad thing. Oh no, this is a good thing. With so much choice on our doorstep it means that all burger purveyors need to up their game and I’m more than happy to inhale as many of the little meaty blighters on the way.Twisted Burger Co

The Twisted Burger Company are new to the city, setting up residence at Aire Bar a few weeks ago. However, they’re actually old hands at this burger malarkey, having flipped them since 2011 over on the wrong side of Yorkshire (Sheffield :-) ) I’d read a few of the reviews knocking about over the past few weeks and they seemed decent enough, so we decided to head over to do some serious chowing down. Continue reading

Exciting News – Dinner NOT at the Manor

We have some exciting news about our pop up events for the summer following our hiatus from events at the Manor (darn building work!). Dan and I had a very exciting meeting earlier this week and we can now confirm that we’ll be holding a summer pop up in July.

We’ll be announcing more details within the next few days and you’ll be able to bag yourself a ticket for the event next week.

This will be Dinner at the Manor, but not as you know it!

April Menu – Dinner at the Manor’s Indian Odyssey

Coming up next weekend is our final event before we take our hiatus from events at the Manor! We’ve been engrossed in Rick Stein’s India for the past month and recipe testing non stop to create a menu which we hope will introduce some of our guests to the delights of regional Indian cuisine.

We have spice grinders at the ready and can’t wait to serve up this tasty grub! We’d love to know what you think.

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Proper Pub Grub at the Manor

Last weekend saw us host our penultimate events before we take the Manor on the road! This time our theme was pub grub, using Tom Kerridge’s book as inspiration. Donning our best West Country accents and big grins, we were very exciting about producing the big flavours this chef is known for. However, pub grub isn’t pub grub without beer, so we paired each of the courses with some lovely beers by Ilkley Brewery.

Dinner at the Manor Ilkley Dining Room

Ilkley Beers

Mind you – we had a bit of a trauma getting the beers! Aside from the bottles we also had a couple of kegs for the weekend….but no taps!! Luckily one of our lovely guests Dan, who happens to run a pub, came to our rescue. There WOULD be beer for our guests! Continue reading

Trinity Kitchen – New Street Eats

A couple of weeks ago we were invited along to Trinity Kitchen to try out the new influx of street food vendors for the next few weeks. I was very excited to see another diverse range of food pit stops touting their wares. On offer for this session were MEATwagon, one of the UK’s foremost street food pioneers and are set to open up shop (MEATLiquor) in Leeds later this year. Two Asian inspired vendors, Dorshi who create fusion dishes from British Ingredients, Harajuku Kitchen from Edinburgh, who’ve travelled down to share their gyoza and okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) with the residents of Leeds. Representing the northern contingent were Cafe Moor – beautiful Middle Eastern food from one of our beloved Leeds Market residents and favourite places to go for food on the go. For something sweet there was Headingley’s Love Rouge Bakery with all their sugary, cupcakey, baked goodness.

Having been to these blogger tastings previously, I was expecting the usual casual affair of being able to mill around the vendors and chat about all things food with them. However, this time around it was more of a formal affair, with the event being a self styled “Blogger Secret Supperclub”. Something that piqued my interest given we might know a thing or two about supperclubs! :)

Trinity Menu

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March Menu – Proper Pub Food with Ilkley Brewery Ales

We’re very excited about our next event, its been almost two years since our last beer and food event and we”re looking forward to it. Only one week to go!

We’ve been rifling through man of the moment Tom Kerridge’s Proper Pub Food to create a menu of traditional pub grub but with a twist. All the while pairing them with some very delicious ales from Ilkley Brewery.

Hearty grub. Great Beer. What’s not to like? Let us know what you think.

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The Afternoon Tea Diaries

Wow, its March already, where does the time go!? This past Saturday we held our fifth event of 2014 but our first afternoon tea. It was time for Dan and I to get our bake on! Our tome for the afternoon was Nigel Slater’s Kitchen Diaries, which we used as inspiration for some of the treats on offer. An eclectic mix of savouries and sweets were offered to our guests, but kept at the heart of it was Slater’s ethos of simple food that tastes great. That’s not to say we didn’t add the usual Dinner at the Manor twists!

Our guests included a lovely couple of returning guests, but the majority were new diners, which was great to see. The welcome cocktail this time round was a Breakfast Martini. Gin, triple sec, lemon juice and our own homemade marmalade made for a zingy pick me up before the savouries.

Dinner at the Manor Salmon Celeriac Sandwiches

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March Menu – Nigel Slater Inspired afternoon tea

In a couple of weeks we’ll be hosting our first afternoon tea of the year. This time we’ll be using Nigel Slater’s Kitchen Diaries II as our inspiration.

Expect hearty, home made unpretentious bakes with great flavours. Some winter warmers and some springtime treats will make this an event not to be missed.

We’d love to know what you think.

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New Date – Rick Stein Indian Inspired Feast

This event is now fully booked.

We’ve been inundated with requests about new dates, so we’ve decided to add on another date to our final event at the Manor before we close over the summer. (Although we’ll be making some exciting announcements about Dinner Not at the Manor soon!)

We’re now hosting another Rick Stein’s India event on Friday 11th April.

Expect bold flavours and regional delights taken from one of our favourite books of 2013. £30pp gets you 6 courses and complimentary welcome drink.

For our booking terms and conditions please click here.

This event is now fully booked