Boisdale At The Derby
If you’re a racing fan, why not take a punt on the Boisdale Enclosure at the Derby this year? Not only are you guaranteed top-notch food, whisky, cigars and jazz, but undoubtedly one of the best vantage points for one of the most important racing meets of the calendar – and all this on that all-important Jubilee Weekend.
There’s even a suggestion that the Queen’s horse, Carlton House could return to the turf for the Investec Coronation Cup.
Located next to the Queen’s Stand on the Prince’s Lawn, the enclosure allows access to both the Queen’s Stand and the Grandstand Enclosures. Tickets include a whisky and cigar bar, and an all-day oyster and champagne bar. And at the caviar reception Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 2002 champagne will be served. Not bad.
Albert Roux knows his food. He trained f$£#ing Gordon Ramsay and floppy-haired diva Marco Pierre White, for goodness sake. And the nosh available at The Gatsby Club at Wimbledon this year would even bring a smile even to perma-scowling Andy Murray’s face, and even after he inevitably crashes out in the semi-finals. Again.
The package includes Roux’s three-course, three-choice menu accompanied by matching (geddit?) fine wines, with celebrity tennis speakers providing an introduction to the court play and players. So tuck in and enjoy the action.
The Queen's Jubilee
The very special summer of 2012 will cast the world’s eyes upon Tower Bridge, from the Olympic lighting at the bridge to Her Maj’s passing by on the first Sunday in June onboard one of the largest flotillas ever assembled on the Thames.
What better way to watch the action unfold than over a plate of something delicious? Butler’s Wharf is home to a number of top-quality restaurants, including Chophouse, Le Pont de la Tour, Cantina del Ponte and the Blueprint Cafe.
In June, the bridge even becomes home to a set of Olympic rings, and every evening a spectacular light display will see the bridge’s gothic turrets, aeriel walkway and suspension chains bathed in light. From energy-efficient lights of course. It’s the perfect scene for that special meal.
Chelsea Flower Show
While going to the Dorchester is a real treat, why not have it brought to you this summer at the Chelsea Flower Show?
The afternoon tea is where it’s at – with a multi-sensory feast of delicious cakes, Laurent-Perrier cuvée to wake up the tastebuds after all those delicious carbs, complemented even by evocative scents around you by Roja Dove.
You can even stay over at the hotel for £545, which includes breakfast and a bottle of Laurent Perrier on arrival, two Flower Show tickets and the afternoon tea, as well as special rates at the subterranean Dorchester Spa.
Foraging for sea purslane on the salt marshes of Norfolk. Fishing for Dover sole in the English Channel. Making artisan Somerset Cheddar. Visiting a fourth-generation pig farmer who produces the finest free-range and succulent pork.
It’s not just our tennis Olympians who want to serve the best of British – Prestige Hospitality, the official hospitality partner for the Olympics, has been doing all of the above in preparation for the Games.
As our heroes bat, swim, run and jump their way to glory (let’s hope) it’s also time for those less Olympically-inclined to score perfect 10s in the fork-to-mouth championships, scoffing some of the best food around. All in tribute to our heroes of course, and taking pride our food; something else that makes Britain great.