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A few weeks has past now but here’s a quick recap of what we served at our American Diner small plates event earlier this month. If we’re completely honest we had so many unused recipes from our ‘Filth’ events for Leeds Indie Food we thought we’d just put on a whole new event! We channelled inspiration from the like’s of Duck and Waffle, Spuntino and Jamie’s America.


This was a lunchtime event so we felt there was no better way to start this daytime dinner than with a lethal cocktail! This came in the form of our ‘Cherry Cola’ which was actual cherry coke reduced down to a syrup and spiked with salt, more sugar, vanilla and cider vinegar (bizarrely). The booze was a concoction of whisky, vodka, Campari and crème de cacao! As well as lethal this was also very sweet – one to have in small quantities!

For canapés we offered mini jacket potatoes, which had a lovey smoky and spicy coating and came topped with sour cream, chives and crispy bacon. Also served up was a mini piece of toasted sourdough, grilled cheese, spiced ox cheek and pickled fennel – a very complex array of ingredients for such a small morsel!



The small plates then started properly with a salad American style – Waldorf Salad… lightly dressed leaves spiked with grapes, walnuts and blue cheese. Knowing that we had a number of rich dishes to follow, this was a nice dish to break our guests in with! This was then followed by a slider with a difference – a lambwich slider! Succulent lamb mince was mixed with fennel, rosemary and chilli. Popped in a rich milk bun with lots of spicy tomato sauce and pickled cucumber, this was a messy treat indeed!



Next up was our mac ‘n’ cheese course, as you can’t do American without some form of the mac! A rich, creamy, gruyere filled mac ‘n’ cheese was topped with a deep fried softshell crab, which is our new favourite ingredient at the Manor. These crabs you can eat whole as they have shed their shells as they grow. By being able to eat everything, it has a lovely bisquey flavour…a perfect accompaniment for a bowl of mac ‘n’ cheese in my view!


Our final savoury offering was pig and grits. 12 hour slow roasted barbecued pulled pork, atop cheesy grits and spiked with jalepenos. Sweet, smoky, spicy and creamy – all the delicious things in one comforting mouthful. A true taste of America!


After such a light meal we felt pudding would be best served as pie – pecan pie to be precise with a filthy salted caramel ice cream! A rich, dark, nutty pie and decadent ice cream…Safe to say this pretty much finished off some of our guests.


And finally, if that wasn’t enough, our petit fours were homemade Reese’s peanut butter cups. We knew we’d broken our guests when so many of these were left uneaten – all the more for us to eat!


It’s great to keep seeing so many new faces at the Manor. Next time we’ll be welcoming people in for an Eastern inspired Afternoon Tea in September, see you soon!

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.


Dude Food Rules!

‘Dude Food’ has been taking the UK by storm for the past 18 months. For those not familiar with the term this is everything big, brash, American and, well, “blokey”! Think slow roast meats, sticky ribs, juicy burgers and deep fried, well deep dried anything! We’re not ones to pass on a trend so we pulled together a menu of our favourite filthy American treats and turned it into an afternoon tea. Well why not?! Chintzy crockery and deep fried food – a match made in heaven!

The welcome cocktail was a “Star Spangled Fizz”, consisting of vodka, lime, cherry juice and ginger beer. Sweet, sour and spicy this was a perfect way to warm our guests up for the feast that followed.

For savouries we turned up the volume, Ina style. Susie made a stunning Louisiana crab tart with the crumbliest pastry, filled with fresh crab, corn, spring onions and cayenne, all encased in just set egg. She also prepared my favourite – little sliders of moist beef, sautéed green chillis, melted Monterey Jack cheese and mustard. All encased in a cute freshly baked soft bun. Perfectly spicy, piquant and naughty! 

My offerings included the obligatory deep fried cubes of mac-n’cheese. I’m slowly perfecting this recipe and this time added extra cheddar cheese, extra béchamel and a pinch of garlic salt to add a different flavour layer. These golden beauties came with ketchup or mustard dipping sauces. I also slow roasted a pork butt (shoulder to me and you) in smoked paprika, muscovado sugar and cider for approximately 7 hours. This was when then shredded and combined with my homemade secret BBQ sauce before being served up in a soft bap with spicy slaw. Porky goodness!

For sweets we whetted guests appetites with a boule of popcorn ice cream to start things off. This bonkers recipe infuses custard with freshly popped butterkist and truly does gives a nutty, buttery popcorn flavour to the ice cream! Also served up was a very delicate Mississippi mud pie which I think added a touch of glamour to the cake tiers, looking more like French patisserie rather than American gluttony! This was a chocolate cookie base smothered in salted caramel, layered with chunks of chocolate brownie and then finished off with a set chocolate custard and whipped cream. A truly decadent treat that needed to be served in small portions! I also set my hand to key lime pie inspired cupcakes. These consisted of a light lime sponge, hollowed out, filled with a sharp lime curd and topped with toasted Italian meringue. Surprisingly light and full of flavour!

Susie’s bakes included the American staple, Red velvet, this time in the form of whoopie pies. soft, crumbly cakey sponges, with a hint of cocoa (and lots of food colouring!) sandwiched with a delicious vanilla, cream cheese and marshmallow frosting. Her other bake combined two, in fact three staple American ingredients. Chocolate, peanut butter, in the form of a peanut butter custard and jelly (jam!) all encased in the most un-American of sweets, the eclair!

This was a very enjoyable event to put on, although as we were off to Man Behind the Curtain later that evening we couldn’t eat too many of the leftovers until the next day! For this one we, on the whole, used recipes created by our own fair hands, I hope guests enjoyed them! It was nice to be let loose with only our own creativity guiding us, eek…

Next up is another daytime event. This will be a Spanish inspired lunch, in honour of the foodie Spanish holiday we have coming up. You’ll be able to read about our Mediterranean adventures on the blog in due course, as I am sure we will eat some things that we will want to write about!

American Afternoon Tea Menu

We’re hosting an Afternoon Tea tomorrow and the theme is all things filthy and American. We thought we’d tease you with the menu so you can see how lucky our guests will be! Let us know what you think and look out for photos from the event in the next couple of days!

May 2015 Menu

The Battle of Manor Vs Food!

‘We’re Dan and Susie and we’ve done nearly every job in our supperclub biz…’

and yes we’ve come over all Adam Richman for the weekend as part of our eagerly awaited Manor Vs Food event!

We love Man Vs Food and can often be found salivating over our TV at the images of huge greasy burgers, smoky ribs and melted cheese..well, melted cheese on pretty much everything! So what better theme for a supperclub – huge portions and lots of spice!

Dinner at the Manor - Manor Vs Food

We didn’t focus on a specific recipe book for this event, however we did look to Jamie Oliver’s ‘America’ for some inspiration as it’s a good beginners compendium to regional American food, including BBQ.

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Manor vs Food – August Menu

Our big US inspired event is coming in a few weeks time and we can’t wait to share the menu with you all!

At Dinner at the Manor we love a bit (a lot!) of Man vs Food and this menu is a homage to all things U S of A! We’ve been playing with smoke, meat and cheese to recreate some unique flavours. Our guests are in for a real treat endurance test!

August 2013 - Manor vs Food

We’d love to know what you all think. I’m salivating already!

Don’t forget, if this tickles your tastebuds, we’ll be announcing our next wave of events on Thursday 1st August at 7pm!


Manor Vs Food!

Manor Vs Food

Saturday 17th August 2013, 7pm, £30pp Sorry this event is now sold out

Like many others we are huge fans of the cult American junk food show ‘Man Vs Food’. Its vulgar and gluttonous food challenges never fail to make us feel instantly hungry! Whilst we promise not to fill you to the point of explosion, nor burn your insides with chilli heat, what we do promise to do is to bring you classic Americana recipes from our favourite American cook books.

Manor vs Food, Manor vs Food!

For this event think juicy slow cooked BBQ meats, burgers & sliders, crunchy slaws, comforting mac ‘n’ cheese, and punchy sauces, mmmm it’s making us salivate now! As it’s our summer event we’ll be hoping to utilise the BBQ and make even get guests out in the garden, weather permitting. If you love big, bold food then this is the supperclub for you!

For your own slice of America in West Leeds, book now using the link below!

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