Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill set the scene for the festive season to come
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The Savoy was the first hotel in London to operate with electricity. It was also the first hotel to have bullet-proof windows. Tonight, it’s hosting the very first Christmas in July celebration in its 128-year history. We feel honoured to have played a part – we’ve invited 30 of our VIP readers to test-drive what Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill
will be offering groups over the festive period.
It might be 25 July, but outside couldn’t be more wintery if it tried. Arriving rain-soaked, the cosy D’Oyly Carte private dining room, decked out in flickering candles and a twinkling Christmas tree, is a welcome sight. We begin with a knockout cherry cocktail in the adjoining art-deco bar before moving into the private room for dinner. As the wine begins to flow, a three-piece band plays some classic Christmas tunes. It all feels very festive.
We start with a delicate omelette Arnold Bennett. However, instead of the usual filling of smoked haddock, there are layers of smoked salmon to be found beneath the melted cheese topping. A nice twist on the traditional salmon starter.
The Savoy Grill chefs stick with the classics when it comes to the main event. Roasted turkey comes with all the trimmings: stuffing, chipolatas, roast potatoes and parsnips and cranberry sauce. It’s also served with the tastiest bread sauce I’ve ever had (sorry, Mum). I delight in seeing some of our overseas guests sample it for the first time.
Finally, we’re served individual Christmas puddings with brandy custard. As is tradition, I end the meal feeling just like the turkey – stuffed. Well, it wouldn’t be Christmas without feeling a little overindulgent. It also wouldn’t be Christmas without a present or two – the goodie bag filled with macarons is a lovely way to end the evening. Bring on December!
D’Oyly Carte room at The Savoy
Food Savoy Grill
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The events team kept it classy by giving the Christmas crackers a miss. No one really likes messing their hair up over a posh dinner, do they?
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