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Knot Another Supper Club - all aboard the good ship four sisters for some great food.
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The Four Sisters Boatel
The Lochrin Basin,
City of Edinburgh,

It’s been a long time since I’ve been to a supper club and when they are held in unusual locations, it gives me a chance to be nosey. 

Knot Another Supper Club is the brainchild of Natalie McLachlan, who runs the Four Sisters Boatel moored in Lochrin Basin, and me being an inquisitive soul, couldn’t wait to have a wee snoop around the wide-bean barge.

With permission to come aboard, the covered stern (techie term for the back of the boat) was where we indulged in some lush canapés and a rather strong, but delicious, Whisky Apple Mac that paired well with the nibbles.

Snug under the canopy, we were presented with three tasty morsels - a haggis cracker (recipe please!) with smoked Cheddar emulsion was crispy and deeply savoury. Following on its heels was a silky Cullen Skink velouté dotted with a vibrant green splash of leek vinaigrette and chive oil; I need a longer tongue to scoop out the last delicious drop from the shot glass. Lastly, crispy sprouts, with caraway glaze and sumac yoghurt were the biz.

Squeezing past the two chefs in the galley, Victoria (Natalie’s sister) from The Lookout and Sam from Timberyard, we headed to the salon that was the setting for our meal. The table was beautifully set, and despite it being a chilly evening, we were warm and snug as we settled down with homemade lemon butter and 12 Triangles bread, waiting for the first course.

Spankingly fresh mackerel had been lightly poached in pickle, served with swede purée, pickled vegetables and an incredible lemon gel. The tart accompaniments cut through the richness of the fish, but that lemon gel … oh my … stunning. 

After a wee pause, we were presented with rare venison with haggis skirlie, roast and puréed swede, kale and potato espuma. Not normally one for foams and its ilk, I was in heaven, even threatening to mug the chefs for leftovers! My neighbour said she’d be content with just a bowl of the potato and some jus.

Finally, we get our just desserts! Never underestimate a poached pear; served with an oat, whisky and honey parfait, hiding under a shatteringly wafer-thin tuile and a good dollop of whisky cream, it was a triumph.

Considering there isn’t much room on a boat, this team know what they are doing. Everything was exquisitely prepared and presented, using local suppliers and in a unique event space, I was seriously impressed.

The clubs are run monthly, are BYOB and prices are from £45pp for canapés, cocktail, three courses, coffee and tablet.

Give Natalie a call to book, mention Bite and get a 10% discount. (L. Harris)

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