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.

2017 dates now on sale!

Last week we gave you a peek at the dates and themes for our first batch of 2017 dates so without further ado, you can book on below!


January 14th 2017, 2pm to 4pm – Scandi afternoon tea
A relaxed, afternoon tea inspired by all things Scandi. We’ll be bringing a bit of hygge and giving our guests a fika moment at the Manor. Spaces are £25 pp

February 11th 2017, 1pm to 4pm – Ottolenghi lunch
We’ll be cooking up a lazy Saturday lunch inspired by all things Ottolenghi! Click below to book now, £30 pp

Friday March 10th & Saturday March 11th 2017 – Rick Stein & North Brewing Co.
Using Rick Stein’s brand new Long Weekends book as our guide we’ll be dishing up some seriously tasty food across to evenings in March. We’re also pleased to announce that the beers we’ll be serving up alongside will be from Leeds’ own North Brewing Co.


This event is £45 pp, including 4 beers.

2017 Dates – Preview

We’ve have a number of emails through recently asking about future dates. As you know we are fully booked for the remainder of this year, but worry no more, here is a little heads up to let you know when our first set of 2017 dates are happening and when you can book on! (Talk about being well prepared!) Spaces will be available from Monday October 10th at 7pm, so have a nose at the events and book on from Monday!

Saturday January 14th – Scandi Afternoon Tea

We make no excuses for our obsession of anything Scandinavian – the countries, the food, the drink, the strapping men! After our recent jaunt to Stockholm, we really wanted to host another afternoon tea, to bring a bit of Fika and Hygge to Leeds. We’ll be using the eponymously titled book (along with some others) to bring some cosy savoury and sweet delights to our guests.


Saturday February 11th – Ottolenghi Lunch

Another firm favourite, Ottolenghi will be the inspiration for our small plates lunch in February. We have held an Ottolenghi themed event every year at the Manor but we somehow missed him out of 2016 so we’re putting that right as soon as possible! We’ll be mainly using recipes from the recently reissued (an beautiful) Ottolenghi Cookbook but I’m sure we’ll find a way to incorporate some other favourites in there too.

Friday 10th & Saturday 11th March – Rick Stein paired with craft beer

We also love RIck Stein and his events are always some of our favourites at the Manor. If anyone saw his most recent series on his long weekends in Europe, you’ll have seen a vast array of cuisines that were eaten and cooked up by Rick. We’ll be sharing some of those recipes with our diners and bringing a taste of the continent to Leeds! We’ll also be throwing in a couple of craft beers too alongside the food for you beer geeks.

We hope these events are getting your juices flowing, so be quick and make sure you grab yourself a space at our table. As mentioned, tickets will be on sale from 7.00pm on Monday 10th October!

October Menu 2016 – 5th Birthday, Korean paired with Mikkeller beers

In only a few weeks we will be celebrating our 5th Birthday! Where does time go? It only seems like yesterday we were welcoming strangers through the front door for our very first secret supperclub.

Our 5th birthday sees us serving up one of our favourite cuisines of the moment, Korean paired with one of our favourite brewery’s beer, Mikkeller.

Expect a wonderful mix soft and crunch textures, hot and sour flavours all washed down with delicious beer. Can’t wait!


A Taste of India

Back at the beginning of the month we hosted our first Afternoon Tea in a very long while and we were very much looking forward to rolling our sleeves up and baking. As usual we had a Manor theme to the afternoon’s proceedings, and this time we used Chetna Makan’s Cardamon Trail as inspiration, giving everything an Indian twist.

Our guests arrived to our usual welcome cocktail, this time a spicy, sour, ginger punch – whilst they settled down, got to know each other and awaited their savouries.

The savouries were a delightful mix of fragrant, spiced and hot dishes. There were chilli chicken flatbreads – homemade mini chappatis topped with marinated chicken, spinach, pink picked onions and cooling mint yoghurt. alongside these were aubergine and onion tarts – puff pastry tarts of tomato, caramelised onion, roasted aubergine and fiery coriander chutney. 

This fiery chutney also accompanied Dan’s magnificent paneer pie, which was a ton of paneer bound in a yummy masala sauce and wrapped in crispy puff pastry. The final savouries were little potato cups filled with a mung daal. This was a tiny morsel that packed a punch!

After a bit of respite we moved onto an array of delicious sweets, starting off with our classic buttermilk scones accompanied with cardamom clotted cream and homemade jumbleberry jam.

Next up were some zesty black sesame and lime cakes, little sponges packed with lime and black sesame and then topped with a lime icing for an extra hit! In contrast to this there were also some little choux buns filled with mango and praline and topped with a chocolate glaze –  a different yet delicious combination.

That wasn’t the end of the sweets – there were three more delectable delights!

Dan made small versions of Chetna’s almond, rose and honey cakes. These are a bit like a friand but Dan spiced his with fennel, cinnamon and cardamom. Chetna fills hers with cream but Dan doused his in a light buttercream, for extra naughtiness. Also on offer was a saffron sponge full of crunchy almonds and fresh cream. Saffron can be a challenging flavour for some people but it really worked in this very sweet and luxurious cake slice. Finally little mango lassi possets were a great palate cleanser as well as a pretty addition to the table.

This was a brilliant, fun afternoon with a lovely mix of old and new faces round the table. What with all of the lunches and evening events we’ve had recently it was great to get baking again.

Next month comes our 5th birthday event! Gosh, where does time go? We’re looking forward to celebrating with great guests, Korean food and Mikkeller beer!


September 2016 Menu – Indian Afternoon Tea

In just under a week we’ll once again be welcoming a lovely bunch of guests to the Manor. This month’s event is an Indian afternoon tea and we will be using the wonderful book The Cardamom Trail by Chetna Makan (GBBO contestant, apt given we’re in the middle of this year’s show).

We’ll be serving up an array of baked delights, all with a spiced twist. Do let us know what you think.


August Menu – Diner Style Classics

Our next event is coming up soon, so we thought we’d share the menu to get your taste buds working! We’ve taken inspiration from classic US diner style recipes and taken them up a notch. Sliders, mac ‘n’ cheese and pecan pie have all made the cut and our guests are in for a treat.


Bellisimo – Italian Small Plates

Earlier on this month, after a small break, we hosted the first of our Summer 2016 events. Inspired by a recent trip to Florence and the sunny flavours of Italy, we decided to put on a small plates menu for our group of guests, all of whom were new faces to the Manor, which was lovely to see. We used a range of books / chefs for inspiration, from Polpo, River Cafe, Jamie Oliver and Nigella!

To welcome our guests, our aperitif was a Campom Spritz, a lovely twist on a traditional Campari spritz but with the extra addition of pomegranate and orange juices. The first canape was a rich and savoury chicken liver crostini with balsamic onion – a smooth pate topped with almost black sweet reduced onions. The second canape was a soft and tasty mini meatball (or polpetti) spiked with fennel and smoked bacon and topped with mozzarella, Parmesan and a semi-dried tomato.

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Moving swiftly on to the starters, the first was a very simple salad of roasted butternut squash, prosciutto and ricotta. The sweetness of the squash, saltiness of the ham and the creaminess of the ricotta was brought together with pumpkin seeds for texture. Truly simple but tasty.


The next starter was Dan’s less summery (but apt for the rainy Saturday we were experiencing!) dish of sprouting broccoli with a hot olive sauce and crispy pancetta. Tender steamed broccoli was served atop a dollop of rich and creamy polenta and then doused in a  yummy umami sauce of green and black olives, capers, lemon, anchovies and cream. It doesn’t sound promising but trust us – this sauce is worth the gamble of slightly bonkers ingredient combinations!


On to the mains, the next dish was one of the stars of the night, Dan’s chilli crab risotto. This simple recipe from Nigelissima is a creamy risotto brought to life with lots of saffron, red chilli and white and brown crab meats. This came served with some gently steamed samphire and had just the right levels of chilli heat and salty fishiness!


To finish the savoury dishes, was a hearty, rustic dish of pork belly, radicchio and hazelnuts. Pork belly is slow roasted for hours until meltingly soft and the skin puffed and crispy. Raddichio is then wilted in the pork juices and this is all served up with roasted hazelnuts to offset the bitterness of the leaves and add some extra crunchiness.


After a palate cleanser of peach and prosecco sorbet, it was on to the dessert, Dan’s beautiful apricot, almond and lemon tart and vanilla risotto semi-fredo. The apricot tarts are a bit like a frangipane with tons of sweet almonds to counteract the sour fruit. The semi-fredo is basically a partly frozen very creamy rice pudding, which was a wonderfully naughty accompaniment to the tart. These little sweet plates were garnished with some tangy apricot sauce and macerated apricots.



Just to finish our guests off, some boozy chocolate truffles were served up with tea and coffee. These were cram packed with delicious amaretto, creating the perfect sweet end to the meal.


The whole evening was relaxed and casual, just like the food – there were no over complicated dishes here, just simple, good tasting food that allowed the ingredients to shine. Thanks to our lovely guests for a great evening. Our next event is another small plates affair, taking US diner classics to create a fun and ever so dirty menu. See you then!