I have never been to Ascot for all the 8 years living in the UK. Even I am ashamed of myself about that. It is a tradition, and it should be done. So when my lovely friend Michelle invited me to join her on a Royal Ascot extravaganza, to pre-taste the menus for the season, I was beyond excited.
It is a smart casual affair at this stage, so no hats were required. It was all about florals and the welcoming of spring. We drove up to Ascot and were whisked away to our beautiful box on the 3rd floor. We had a welcome by an authentic green coat steward, champagne and our private box. Decorations were exquisite – all flowers provided by the lovely Lavender Green. I felt like `I was walking in a real garden. The box has a spectacular view over the race track, right in the middle.
We kickstarted the day with canapes by James Tanner, light and welcoming for spring. We mingled around, taking in the room and then we were seated for the 3 course meal and afternoon tea.
We started off with Lobster a la planche by the no other but 2 Michelin star chef Raymond Blanc, OBE. He is extremely talented but also funny and charming. The dish was de-lici-ous. That comes from a person who rarely appreciates lobster, but this dish was just music to the senses.
The main course was prepared by Adam Handling, the youngest ever Head Chef for luxury group Fairmont, tipped by the Caterer magazine as the 30 under 30 to watch, should I go on? he is talented and young and his food is absolutely divine.
The dessert was also prepared by Adam, and obviously it was delicious.
During the experience, we did have a tipster come in to talk to us about the races and how to bet but I think I was too mesmerised by the ambience and the food, and did not end up betting. We got to check out jokey gear and the boots weigh close to nothing. I have never touched a garment that is so light. I also learnt that the whips do not actually hurt the horses, something i have alway thought they did. I think that thought was one of the things putting me off of Royal Ascot. As we all know I love a furry friend and could not bare to think that animals are suffering for people’s entertainment. Now that I know it is not the case, I am much more in favour of the activity.
Royal Ascot is held between 19-23 June 2018 and you can buy your tickets here. Remember the hat this time. x