After hot toddies and introductions we sat down to a smorgasbord of home made delights, including the infamous Joe Beef beer cheese, which was totally delicious, home cured salami, potato salads, pickles, and my favourite the rollmop mackerel, so succulent with a light tanginess.
The main event is a Joe Beef Classics and one which i'd tried at home complete with my take on their BBQ sauce. Everyone has gone CRAZY about pulled pork recently and three huge joints of pork shoulder had been happily cooking away for the last 9 hours, specially delivered half way through the night. Served with BBQ sauce, rather amazing beans (when I tried this recipe they turned out very odd), soft white rolls and an apple and seed coleslaw.
The night was rounded off with coffee, and selection of delightful little puddings; a chocolate and hazelnut pot, some rather boozy jelly, cinnamon apple crisps and little pumpkin muffins. The food was as well prepared and presented as you would imagine if you've ever read Anna's blog, i.e. incredible, but it was all the lovely little touches in an unusual setting that got me, the incredible wood burning stove, and candle lit table and at the end of the room an old animation made out of silhouettes was projected and really created a warm wintery feeling about the place and made for a rather unique saturday night.
Anna's hosting the events once a month, look out for announcements on her twitter but you'll have to be quick the next is already sold out!