A NEW dining experience is getting ready to open up – but if you want to take part, you’ll have to be quick, as it’s a strictly limited experience.
The Occasional Table is a new pop-up restaurant that will be coming to Trunkwell Manor House in Beech Hill later this month. Guests can enjoy some top-notch food created by Rosie Anstice, who also runs The Banqueting Table which caters for weddings, parties and Christenings and holds cookery demonstrations for budding Delia Smiths. During the evenings, which will be held monthly and launch on Saturday, April 20 and May 17 and 18, Rosie will cook a three-course meal plus cheese and home-made biscuits, coffee and a carefully chosen wine list.Vegetarians will be catered for and, with advance notice, Rosie can also meet special dietary requirements. “This is something I have been wanting to do for a year or so but couldn’t think where to hold it,” Rosie explains. “My daughter suggested we should hold it in our house which we almost did but decided we would not like the stress that emptying our house each month would cause! “Bob Walton MBE, who is the President of the Restaurant Association and therefore interested in all things foody, kindly agreed to let me use the restaurant in Trunkwell House, which is right next door to us.”It’s a good match for Rosie, as Trunkwell can accommodate tables of any size.Each evening costs £37.50 and includes a welcome glass of Prosecco and canapés before dinner. It starts at 7.30pm. So far, almost all the tables for Rosie’s April sitting have been booked.