Picnic on The Terrace at Royal Horseguards Hotel:
When the sun shines in London everything looks better. People even start to smile a bit. And, everyone HAS to be outdoors.
Finding your own quiet nook can be a challenge and perhaps sharing it is foolish. But this one is too good to keep a secret. I’ve been shown around The Terrace at the Royal Horseguards Hotel before, but I’ve only ever visited when it’s been far too wintery to want an outdoor experience. This year though, they have a rather special picnic offering which includes champagne and the sort of picnic food that is perfect for a balmy evening when you don’t want to eat anything too rich or heavy.
You get to choose what goes into your hamper from a list that includes Woodhalls Cumbrian salami, home roasted Grangemoor beef, Barkham Blue and Alex James Farleigh Wallop cheese, macarons chocolate brownies and chocolate dipped strawberries.
Now I would have struggled with the list, which includes all sorts of charcuterie, cheeses, salads and sweet things, so I was quite grateful for the ‘here is one we prepared earlier’ version we got.
I think between the two of us we managed to eat all the savoury things. The charcuterie was excellent quality and there was a great mixture of different artisan cheeses which came with a mixture of cheese crackers and warm baguette. There were grapes and a lovely home made apple chutney on the side. Personally I would have liked the salads to be dressed, but I can see that might have been an issue given we were eating al fresco.
We were impressed by the champagne – a full bottle of tattinger which we somehow managed to share between the two of us. And once we moved on to the sweets, we realised just how much we’d eaten. I couldn’t eat the chocolate strawberries, but they looked stunning. Of course that meant I could have extras of macarons and brownies!
Our picnic on the terrace was the sort of thing I’d happily do again. At £60 for two including the champagne, it was reasonably priced for something that felt luxurious, special and very relaxing. It’s the sort of thing I’d love to do for a special date – tucked away from the hubbub of central London, outside, but with heaters and canopies if by any chance the weather changes. And, it felt totally self indulgent and just a little ‘naughty’.
For more information check the Royal Horseguards Hotel Website