Cinnamon Kitchen rugby dinners with special guests

Halfway through the Six Nations tournament, and Wales is the only side still in with a chance of claiming the Grand Slam after defeating England, and France labouring to a draw against Ireland at the weekend. England's next game will be the toughest of the lot - a daunting trip to the Stade de France to face their Gallic rivals.

To keep England’s spirits up on and off the pitch, Anise and Cinnamon Kitchen are hosting a series of rugby dinners with special guest speakers.

First up is a gourmet dinner with matching wines on Tuesday 21 February. Guests will be welcomed with canapés such as tandoori chicken with green spices, then treated to a four-course meal including roasted rump of lamb with mushroom-and-onion sauce and Valrhona dark-chocolate mousse with cinnamon ice cream. After the meal, New Zealand-born England rugby player Shontayne Hape will speak to diners and tackle your rugby-related questions.

Then, on Tuesday 13 March, director of rugby for Harlequins, and former Ireland full back Conor O’Shea will talk to guests after their canapé reception and four-course meal, and share anecdotes from his time at the top.

Tickets to the events cost an all-inclusive £90. To book, call 020 7626 5000 or email