After the success of my first two supper clubs in Folkestone, I thought I’d try something a bit different heading into 2015. When the hustle and bustle of the Christmas period starts to die down, the post-holiday come down can become a serious affliction – especially when it starts getting dark at 3pm. The best way to remedy this is to have something to look forward to in January, and my next supper club is it!
The Firkin Alehouse opened in Cheriton Place in Folkestone in November 2012 and has been a raving success ever since. Micropubs have been popping up like wild flowers all over the UK, and nowhere more so than in Kent – and it’s no surprise considering the county’s great real ale and hop-growing legacy. With four real ales and four ciders on at any one time, The Firkin is basically an ale festival that you can visit every day of the week. The entire philosophy of the micropub is to pare things back and bring pubs back to what they used to be: uncomplicated, non-commercialized places to enjoy a quality drink and have a chat with whomever happens to be sitting next to you.
Neil has made The Firkin the premier real ale destination in Folkestone and he even won Best Pub of the Year 2014 from CAMRA in the Ashford, Folkestone and Romney Marsh area. CAMRA branch chairman Bob Martin said: “Though The Firkin…has only been open for less than 18 months, Neil King…has done an outstanding job serving quality real ales and real ciders, mainly from Kentish breweries, in stylish premises with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.” The social aspect of The Firkin and the quality of the real ales and ciders Neil serves makes it a great venue for a supper club.
The evening will start at 5pm and, sticking with the back to basics micropub ideology, the menu will be three courses of simple, but incredibly delicious food with three matching ales or ciders. The variety of real ales and ciders being made by dedicated and passionate brewers across the country, and being served in micropubs like Neil’s, has helped to highlight the relevance of ale and cider to food and cooking – it’s not all about wine!
Starter: Cheese Soup with Soft Pretzels
Main course: Brisket Chili with Chili Cheddar Cornbread
Dessert: Pear and Ginger Upside-down Cake with Custard
The menu is full of serious comfort food that will warm the cockles on a cold January night (might be subject to change). You will be able to buy extra halves or pints of any of the real ales or ciders Neil has available on the night, prices are around £3 per pint. As The Firkin is of a modest size, tickets are limited so please get in touch to arrange purchase of your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
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The tickets are £20.00 per person and can be purchased by cash or bank transfer. To arrange purchase with cash or by bank transfer, please contact me (Pami) on email@example.com. Alternatively, you can purchase tickets with cash from Neil at The Firkin in Cheriton Place, Folkestone. Once the tickets have been purchased you will receive an email confirmation from me which will include any further information you might need.
Seating and Groups
Seating will be arranged around four large tables. I will seat groups of people together as best I can, but it is likely that you will be sat next to someone you don’t know. How fun is that!
There will be real ale, ciders, wine and soft drinks available to purchase on the night. Tap water will be provided. You are not permitted to bring in any outside alcohol for this event.
If you have any dietary restrictions, please get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible and I will do what I can to accommodate you. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the event I will not be able to offer alternative dishes on the night.
Should you need to cancel, please give me as much notice as possible by emailing email@example.com. Unfortunately due to the advanced ordering and preparation required for this event, no refunds will be given. With enough notice we may be able to fill your seat in which case a refund can be negotiated.