James Day looks at some choice locations for groups to dine.
Llangoed Hall is a beautiful four-star country house hotel situated in the Wye Valley. Llangoed Hall boasts an interesting history, offering its own fine art collection, making it well worth a visit for groups, even if they aren’t planning to stay the night.
Llangoed Hall’s restaurant offers an intimate fine dining experience. The food is sourced from the freshest and finest local ingredients, with fruit and vegetables picked from the hotels own kitchen garden. Head Chef, Nick Brodie, and his talented team, emphasise dishes that make use of the finest local Welsh produce, such as Welsh Black Beef and Radnorshire Lamb. Llangoed Hall’s award-winning restaurant offers fine dining in a fresh, light and elegant room of Wedgewood blue and white, with original paintings adorning the walls, candlelit tables with crisp white cloths, and an intimate and relaxing atmosphere. Throughout the year, the venue has a number of special breaks and events scheduled, so it is well worth timing a visit to get some extra value for your group.
Savoy Grill is one of several London restaurants owned by famous TV chef, Gordon Ramsay – now beautifully restored to its former glory – with the glamorous, theatrical heritage seen throughout its opulent interior. Groups can dine against the backdrop of an elegant 1920s theme, as they enjoy a modern menu made up of classic British and French dishes.
With the capacity for up to 50 guests, Savoy Grill provides a decadent backdrop to a dinner party. Seating up to a maximum 18 guests on one table (or separated in smaller groups) this dining space can be adapted to suit any group’s needs. Available for exclusive use, Savoy Grill is ideal for private parties, wedding receptions and launch events for up to 100 guests seated. Pre-theatre dining is also an option. Groups could begin their evening at Savoy Grill with a special pre-theatre menu, leaving them happily fed and watered with plenty of time to spare before the show. Available from 1730hrs to 1845hrs, Monday to Friday, groups can enjoy two courses for £24 each or three courses for £28 per head.
OLD SPITALFIELDS MARKET
Those wishing to combine a shopping trip to London with a convenient place to dine could consider visiting Old Spitalfields Market. Located just five minutes’ walk from Liverpool Street Station, Old Spitalfields Market makes the perfect shopping destination. Open seven days a week, the impressive array of shops and stalls draws in shoppers from all over the South East, and groups visiting the market have plenty of dining choices nearby. From well-known chains to small salad bars, there is something for everyone.
SUFFOLK FOOD HALL
Suffolk Food Hall in Ipswich gives visitors the opportunity to purchase a variety of fantastic food produced locally. There’s all that you would expect from a nationally- recognised farm shop, including a traditional carcass to customer butchery, a scratch bakery operating seven days a week, a stunning fishmonger’s counter, a delightful delicatessen with products made in commercial kitchens, a wine and beer merchant, a greengrocer, and even a chocolatier. The butchery especially has built a strong reputation based on a traditional service with contemporary products. A full butcher’s shop, it buys in whole bodies, hanging them correctly and breaking them down in the old fashioned way. It has won the Best On Farm Butcher in Britain as judged by its peer group, FARMA. The delicatessen boasts a wide variety of cheeses, as well as delicious antipasti, tarts, pies, quiches and a great choice of charcuterie. Much of the cured meat comes from the butchery and many ready-to-eat items are prepared in the commercial kitchens in the cookhouse.
The wet fish counter is a visual spectacle featuring a fantastic display of fresh local produce, plus some more exotic catches from sustainable stock further afield. It is open every day, including Sunday. The areas own artisan bakers are up before the dawn to bake fresh bread from scratch every morning. In regards to drink, not only has the Suffolk Food Hall picked a fantastic selection of world wines, spirits and beers from East Anglian breweries, but it also has a great range of English wines from local independent vineyards, such as Giffords Hall and Lavenham Brook. The location also offers a home and garden department, with pleasant walks along the river, set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Suffolk Food Hall is open seven days a week, and is located just South of Ipswich, underneath the Orwell Bridge. Groups can also dine at Suffolk Food Hall.
The Cookhouse Restaurant is a unique place to eat and drink, whilst enjoying stunning views down the River Orwell. Focusing on local produce and seasonal recipes, The Cookhouse Restaurant is the ideal venue for a delicious, freshly prepared lunch, a celebratory dinner, or a Sunday brunch, and is perfectly capable of hosting group tour visits.
Set amongst the rolling English countryside, just north of Bath, Bathampton Mill is the perfect place to wind down after a busy day touring the area. The building, which oozes character, is filled with cosy corners, comfy armchairs, and open log fires, and boasts a unique dining room. The chef’s freshly prepared menu, accompanied by a carefully selected choice of wines, ales and lagers, are served daily from lunch right through until dinner. For groups of 10 or more, the venue offers a number of catering options, and is frequently used for anything from celebratory dinners, breakfast with clients and unique social gatherings. The venue is happy to discuss bespoke menus, and offers a number of suggestions: Feasting Plates – dishes to share based on selections from a menu; Kitchen Classic Menus – two or three courses, which are a good choice for a dinner party; Drinks, Nibbles and Bites – suitable for a drinks party in the reserved area of the bar; and The Buffet – a wide variety of dishes for private parties and functions. Bathampton Mill is happy to meet with group leaders before the booking to discuss their requirements. The menu is based on fresh products, therefore it is recommended that groups finalise their choices in advance.