Waitrose to offer customers restaurant-style dining experience

Waitrose customers will soon be able to enjoy a restaurant-style dining experience in the evenings.

The retailer is launching its first official 'Supper Club' at its new store in Haywards Heath where customers will be able to have a restaurant quality meal created by chefs from its three Cookery Schools.*

Customers will be able to choose from an exclusive three course menu (see details below); including nibbles and drinks, for £35.

Waitrose will transform the mezzanine level store café for eight evenings throughout April (19, 20, 27, 28) and May (3, 4, 11, 12) and is taking bookings now for the 50 places available each evening at www.waitrose.com/supperclub.

Music and ambient lighting will feature while people dine and tables will be laid out for both couples and larger groups.

This is the first time the concept has been launched at a new store after it was trialled for a short period last year in its Newbury and Salisbury stores.

Manager of the Waitrose Cookery Schools, Karen Himsworth, said, 'This aims to deliver the next level of in store dining at Waitrose, building upon concepts like our sushi bars and wine bars. We want to make our stores a food destination in the evenings as well as in the day.

'We realise a supermarket might not spring to mind when people are thinking about dining out in the evening, but we want that to change. Our aim is to create an atmosphere that is inviting whether you are having a meal for two or out with a group of friends.

'We will look at next steps after we have finished the initial eight dates, but our aspiration is for this to continue at Haywards Heath and to explore how we might introduce at in other branches across the estate.'

Three course meal including nibbles and drinks:
Starters
Brown shrimp cocktail with wheaten bread
Edible garden - carrot crudité, mustard seed pickled radishes, carrot yoghurt, watercress with sourdough croutons

Mains
Roast chicken, ballotine of leg with braised gem, peas and asparagus with Madeira sauce
Salmon with brown butter, tender stem broccoli, Jersey royals, lemon and cauliflower purée
Roast and shaved cauliflower with maple seed granola and lettuce purée

Dessert
Chocolate pavé with salted caramel popcorn and buttermilk ice cream