Milton Keynes brothers Shane and Aaron Clarke have combined their culinary talents to bring a unique dining experience to Milton Keynes. The Brothers’ Supper is an indulgent dining experience, and I got to experience it for myself at the most picturesque venue.
After winning an honourable accolade such as Milton Keynes ‘Chef of the Year 2018’, Shane Clarke could be forgiven for taking a step back for the rest of 2018. However, Shane’s ambition and drive, as well as a profound love for his profession has seen him team up with his brother Aaron to create Chef Clarke Ltd.
Together the brothers make a great team, with Shane’s award-winning chef accolade and Aaron’s experience at Church Farm Ardeley, using organically grown fruit and vegetables, as well as livestock reared on 170 acres of farmland to create their dishes. Shane credits Aaron’s innovative ideas to bring something new to Milton Keynes, which spurred the idea for The Brothers’ Supper.
The Brothers’ Supper is a culmination of their talents, hard work, and creates a social dining environment for the brothers to share their culinary creations.
Whilst most Brits were glued to their tv screens watching the highly anticipated, England vs Belgium World Cup game, I was tucking into a six-course menu at The Brothers’ Supper. As someone who lost a fair bit of interest in football since Beckham hung up his golden boots, I have recently found a new found love for the beautiful game during the World Cup. But, let’s be honest here, nothing distracts me more than good food.
The venue for the Brothers’ Supper, The View, may be recognisable to those who read my Valentine’s post, which features the ambient decor of The View, as well as considerable yummy pancakes (understandably, quite the hit on Instagram!)
True to its name, The View at the Waters Edge has the most incredible views over Linford Lakes, and we were treated to a breathtaking sunset whilst we dined.
As we ordered our drinks and sat down on our suntrap of a table, we were brought a box of homemade bread accompanied by hummus and an aubergine dip.
Shortly after, and sadly after consuming all the bread, we were served tomato and basil soup. The soup had just the right consistency for one of the starter dishes.
The bowl not too big, the soup thick and creamy, aided by the whipped avocado and olive plumb contents. Full of flavour and despite the warm weather, the soup was a very nice way to begin the evening.
When it comes to cooking, I’m not the best at it. One thing I love about events like these is when you can pick up some easy recipe ideas to recreate at home. One dish that stands out is the church farm lamb, served with sweet potato falafel, charred corn, red pepper, lime, and quinoa.
The perfect summer dish, light and fulfilling, without leaving you too heavy. I will definitely look to recreate this one at home. Someone just remind me not to try and make the quinoa like couscous this time!
If I’d have seen the menu before The Brothers’ Supper, there is one course in particular that I would have looked forward to the most; the line caught monkfish. I love seafood and it’s a staple for me, particularly when I’m on holiday.
I wasn’t disappointed. The meatiness of the monkfish tasted amazing with the oriental flavour of the lentil dahl, which was sweetened with the mango puffed rice.
As you can probably tell, at this point I was enjoying the food so much that I missed the late goal from Belgium.
Back to the task in hand. It was time to tuck into the last of the main courses: Cotswold white chicken, farfalle, peas, broad beans, asparagus and wild garlic.
I hope the picture of the dish makes you just as intrigued about the leaf as I was when I saw it. For me, the presentation of the leaf, better known as cavolo nero, deserved to be the star of the show (well this dish anyway.) With a taste very much like crispy seaweed, the leaf overshadowed (literally) the chicken and pasta. This was my least favourite of the courses, as I found the lack of sauce on the chicken and pasta made it seem somewhat dry. But I can tell you, that leaf was damn tasty! I will definitely be looking for cavolo nero on my next food shop!
Considering there were around thirty people dining at The Brothers’ Supper, one thing we all noticed was how timely the meals were served. All the covers were served at the same time, no easy feat for the two brothers, who also popped in to chat with diners and gage feedback between courses.
After capturing some truly beautiful sunset shots we were ready to tuck into the desserts.
Boy, were these puddings sweet! The first dessert, bbq pineapple, coconut, mango, and passionfruit was the perfect palate cleanser. I wouldn’t think of barbecuing pineapple, but who am I to judge, especially when it tastes this good!
Our final course of the evening was The Brothers’ chocolate bar with peanuts, raspberry, and vanilla. Hitting the sweet spot, this overwhelmingly decadent chocolate dessert was a little too sweet for me, but delicious nonetheless. Velvety smooth and a heavenly dessert for chocolate lovers. I think I just needed the refreshing bbq pineapple and friends to accompany this pudding.
Overall, an Indulgent summer dining evening in a stunning lakeside setting; it is fair to say I thoroughly enjoyed my first Brothers’ Supper at The View. I am intrigued to see where Shane and Aaron will take their business and I look forward to tucking into their culinary creations again soon!
Make sure you head over to Chef Clarke Ltd Facebook Page to keep up-to-date with upcoming events! In fact, there’s a new date in the diary for Thursday 16th August, click here to view the menu and book your space!