Sauce Loves… The Royal Wedding
As royal wedding fever grips the nation, we have gathered details of the many regal celebrations from our clients across London (and a little further afield).
The Stafford London
The Stafford London in St James’s will be screening the wedding in The American Bar, The Lounge, and The Game Bird restaurant. Furthermore, they will be offering special dishes and cocktails on the day, including Grilled Dover sole with Dubonnet sauce and Boîtes des fraises Reine Elizabeth. The five-star hotel’s classic afternoon tea will also be given a celebratory twist, with sandwiches including Jam “pennies” and Coronation chicken, and sweet treats such as Victoria sponge with strawberry jam.
Royal Afternoon Tea at Emmeline’s Lounge
To honour The Royal Wedding, Emmeline’s Lounge at Conrad London St James is launching a Royal Afternoon Tea featuring quintessentially British sandwiches alongside exquisite cakes and pastries by Executive Pastry Chef Diana Sedlakova. A Hazelnut and banana veil sits elegantly alongside Diamond rings flavoured with tonka bean and strawberry, and guests will also be presented with a Lemon and elderflower lollipop in the style of a wedding favour and inspired by the flavours of Harry and Meghan’s wedding cake. The Royal Afternoon Tea will be available 14 May to 31 August, priced from £35pp. In the same spirit of regal celebration, Conrad London St James is also offering the Propose like a Prince engagement package to entice lovers to follow Prince Harry’s lead. The package includes a luxurious 2-night stay, Royal Afternoon Tea and horse-drawn carriage tour. Furthermore, two Royal Wedding cocktails will be available from the Blue Boar Bar this May, allowing guests to toast the happy couple.
Wonderful Windsor with The Goring
With the spotlight very much shining on Windsor this May, The Goring are offering guests to the five-star luxury Belgravia hotel the opportunity to visit the historic royal residence during their stay in London. The package includes a private tour of Windsor Castle, taking in the fascinating history of the beautiful town and the famous royal home. This will be followed by the chance to explore the magnificent State Apartments and Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House – the largest and most famous dolls’ house in the world. From Monday to Saturday, the tour will also include a visit to St George’s Chapel which is the spiritual home of the Order of the Garter, whilst Sunday tours will explore the Grounds and Royal Park. Returning to London, guests will spend the night at The Goring, followed by breakfast the next morning. For an even more impeccably English experience, visitors can choose to indulge in Afternoon Tea, or a Michelin-starred dinner from chef Shay Cooper in The Dining Room. From £908 for two people.
The Royal History of InterContinental London Park Lane
With its close proximity to Buckingham Palace, its Royal history, and its two fantastic restaurants that boast some of the best Mexican and Italian food in the city, InterContinental London Park Lane is the ideal hotel destination for foodies staying in London for the Royal Wedding. The five-star Mayfair hotel stands proudly on the very site of 145 Piccadilly, the Queen’s former childhood residence. Whilst the Royal abode was sadly destroyed during the blitz, its memory was not lost, and the hotel is looking forward to welcoming guests and diners at Ella Canta and Theo Randall at the InterContinental to celebrate the upcoming wedding on the very ground where Prince Harry’s grandmother spent her early years.
The celebrated Chelsea restaurant has spread its wings to the west and opened Bluebird Café at the Television Centre White City, one of London’s hottest new developments. To celebrate the Royal Wedding, the already buzzing year-round terrace (which opens out onto a piazza overlooked by the Television Centre’s famous circular core) will be decorated with traditional British bunting, whilst a special party brunch menu will feature British classics such as Eton Mess and The Ultimate Breakfast Butty alongside celebratory dishes such as Lobster Benedict. Guests can raise a glass (or two) to the happy couple by opting for the bottomless brunch menu for £15 per person.
Sip your G&Tea the posh way at Fayre Share
Nothing embodies quintessential Englishness like sipping a gin and tonic from a beautifully elegant tea set, and that is exactly how this British favourite is served at new family-style restaurant Fayre Share, in Victoria Park Village. The G&Tea is a gin and tonic made with East London Liquor Company’s London Dry Gin, which is distilled just over the park from the restaurant. It is served in a tea pot ready to be poured into a gorgeous selection of vintage tea cups, making it the ideal sharing tipple to celebrate the Royal Wedding. Fayre Share opens in Victoria Park Village on 14 May. Pinkies out, bottoms up!
Raise a glass at Big Easy to a special relationship
On the 19th May mark the big day with a transatlantic twist – some very British cocktails paired with a fabulous feast of all-American food. Londoners can raise a glass to the big day in Stateside style at London’s Big Easy this May with a special ‘USA meets UK’ offering, where American inspired menus are being ‘crowned’ with a selection of delicious British cocktails made with Gordon’s Gin. Get into the party spirit with a classic Gordon’s Gin & Tonic or a Pink Spritz, made with Gordon’s Premium Pink Gin, Lemonade, Prosecco and sumptuous strawberries, teamed with the house-smoked bbq and fresh lobster and shrimp at one of Big Easy’s three locations.
A Royal Feast at Plum + Spilt Milk
Diners can celebrate the Royal Wedding with a very British feast for two at Plum + Spilt Milk. In honour of Prince Harry’s proposal over a roast chicken, Executive Chef Mike Denman is serving a Herb-fed while free range chicken, brined & butter roasted breasts, duck fat confit legs, slow roasted garlic bread sauce, alongside sautéed new potatoes, parsley butter and seasonal vegetables. Priced at £55, this is the perfect dish for couples dining around this national celebration.
Royal Tea at The Rubens
The Rubens at The Palace Hotel sits on Buckingham Palace Road, a stone’s throw from all Royal action. They will be offering a themed Wedding Afternoon Tea in honour of the upcoming Royal Wedding. The tea will include Elderflower and lemon cheesecake, to match the wedding cake chosen by the happy couple, as well as Chocolate biscuit cake, in honour of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding cake in 2011. To make sure this is a real royal occasion, there will even be Jammy Dodger biscuits, a childhood favourite to honour the new baby Prince. To make the most of the occasion, guests can enjoy the tea whilst watching the wedding live on screen at the Rubens Palace Lounge. Guests can also order ‘A Wedding Story’ cocktail, combining British and American flavours, including Chapter 11 English Whisky, Balblair 99 Bourbon infused sugar cube, Rubens homemade Champagne Vermouth and a touch of Lanson Fizz.
The Meghan Sparkle
Those wishing to toast Harry and Meghan’s wedding can head over to bbar at The Rubens at The Palace Hotel, where they have created a unique cocktail in honour of Meghan Markle joining the Royal Family. ‘The Meghan Sparkle’ combines Morgan spiced rum, Don Julio Reposado, maraschino, Ancho Reyes chilli, lime, grapefruit honeycomb and pomegranate syrup and egg white, and, of course,is topped off with some sparkle.
Celebrate at Sanderson
Sanderson are celebrating the royal nuptials with their own Royal Wedding Party in Long Bar. With live music from Monroe, a set from DJ London Haarlem and a Royal Wedding cocktail, complete with Bombay Gin, Earl Grey tea infusion, Pink Lady apples, maple syrup and champagne, this party will be the next best night out, only coming second to the Royal Wedding itself. There will even be a bespoke wedding cake on display, made of mini regal cupcakes to make it the occasion fit for royalty.
British Feasting at Blueprint Café
Royal Wedding celebrations are quintessentially British occasions, and Blueprint Café has a menu packed full of British produce and nostalgic dishes, perfect for honouring the big day. Chef Patron Mini Patel has made his mark at Blueprint Café with his contemporary twist on British plates, from Treacle Tart with clotted Devon cream to Blueprint Café Burnt Cream, Rhubarb Jammie Dodger biscuit. The vista of the restaurant also provides appropriate grandeur for the occasion, elevated to look over the historic Tower Bridge.
Royal Wedding Pudding Recipe by Rocket Food
To celebrate the marriage of HRH Prince Harry and his soon-to-be Princess, Ms Meghan Markle, Rocket Food, London’s leading luxury catering company, has created a pudding recipe fit for a royal. Marrying British summer fruits with classic ingredients from across the pond, the recipe gives a nod to the couples individual heritages and future together. Comprising of a lemon butter and granola cake, gooseberry and elderflower semifreddo and crowned with a blueberry compote, each ingredient has been carefully considered and selected by Rocket Food’s creative pastry chef, Emma Davies.
Mirabeau en Provence La Folie
Celebrate the Royal Wedding in style by raising a glass of Mirabeau’s sparkling wine La Folie to Prince Harry and his soon-to-be Princess Meghan. Flavours of red berries and grapefruit combine with a little spice to create a delicious and refreshing way to toast the most anticipated wedding of the year.
Mirabeau La Folie (RRP £12.99) is available from Waitrose stores in the UK. www.mirabeauwine.com
A Royal Celebration at Palé Hall, North Wales
Palé Hall will be hosting A Royal Celebration on 19 May from 12pm, which will include a glass of champagne upon arrival, full afternoon tea from the hotel’s exciting new Head Pastry Chef Adam Cleal, and a screening of the wedding. The decadent afternoon tea includes innovative treats such as Popcorn and banana caramel macarons and Passionfruit, mango and coconut petit gateaux. Guests will be encouraged to dress up in classic wedding attire to commemorate this regal day in style. The re-imagined Grade II listed Palé Hall is one of the finest country house hotels in Wales, offering a luxurious, peaceful retreat on the edge of Snowdonia National Park. With 18 gorgeous guest bedrooms and suites that have been individually designed to have their own unique personality and stunning views across the rural Welsh landscape, Palé Hall is the perfect setting to toast the royal wedding. A stay at the hotel’s Victoria Suite, which was once chosen by Queen Victoria herself as her residence for ten days in 1889, is a great way to experience first-hand Palé Hall’s royal history.
Palé Hall’s Royal Celebration (www.palehall.co.uk / 01678 530285) starts from £30 per person and includes a glass of champagne on arrival and full afternoon tea. Stays at the hotel begin at £190 per night, based on two people sharing on a bed and breakfast basis.