The Wind in The Willows themed picnic by Michelin starred chef William Drabble:
What could be more enjoyable on a warm summer day than a picnic in the park followed by a visit to the London Palladium to see the new The Wind in the Willows musical or a matinee performance of the show and a takeaway picnic to eat afterwards from William Drabble of the fine dining restaurant at St James’s Hotel and Club, Seven Park Place.
St James’s Hotel and Club has partnered with The Wind in The Willows musical, currently running at the London Palladium, to offer a gourmet picnic hamper with the best British produce for an unforgettable theatre experience.
William Drabble, Michelin starred chef of Seven Park Place has created a delicious hamper, made from the best British produce, based on his research into food at the time that The Wind in the Willows was written by Kenneth Grahame in 1908. He has always placed an emphasis on sourcing the freshest local ingredients for his recipes, using his excellent relationships with his suppliers who he talks to daily, rather than producing elaborate dishes. Talking to him as he introduced the concept of the picnic we were to experience later, his passion for seasonal produce is very apparent and is highlighted throughout the menu at Seven Park Place.
William Drabble grew up in Liverpool and moved to Norfolk as a boy. It was in Norfolk where his love of food began, he speaks of picnics with his family, and here where he started his career as a chef. His grandmother, herself a cook at Yorkshire’s great estates in the 1930’s was also a big influence on him. He took on the role of Head Chef at St James’s Hotel and Club in September 2009, gaining a Michelin star the following January having already gained Michelin stars in a short space of time at both Michael’s Nook in Grasmere and Aubergine in London which he took over from Gordon Ramsay. William also worked as Sous Chef to Tom Aikens at Pied à Terre in London, the restaurant holding 2 Michelin stars.
Needless to say, the picnic he has created for The Wind in the Willows uses the best seasonal ingredients:
A little pot of smooth chicken parfait with crispy toasts. A delicious chicken or poached salmon salad with new potatoes, egg, cherry tomatoes, red onions, green beans and salad leaves served with freshly made honey and mustard vinaigrette. A generous slice of fruit cake, soaked in brandy and a small tart topped with seasonal fruit. Freshly squeezed lemonade in small bottles. All in all a perfect spread for eating outdoors. The hamper also contains plastic cutlery wrapped in a white napkin which could be used to lay the food out on the ground.
A picnic for 2 people costs a reasonable £40.00 and comes neatly packaged in a cardboard hamper with a handle making it easy to carry or stow under your seat whilst you enjoy the fun of the musical. Care has been taken to make sure that all the packaging is biodegradable.
To book tickets for The Wind in the Willows musical contact The London Palladium, 8 Argyll St, Soho, London W1F 7TE. Box Office Telephone number 0844 412 4655. The London Palladium Box Office is located within the theatre building on Argyll Street and is open Monday – Saturday 10 am – 8 pm and Sundays from 10 am – 6 pm. Tickets can be arranged for collection at the box office and may be picked up from 45 minutes before the performance is set to begin.
To order your gourmet picnic hamper contact St James’s Hotel and Club:
Telephone number 020 7316 1600, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. James’s Hotel and Club
7-8 Park Place
St. James’s, London, SW1A 1LS