The Wild Fork at Henley Royal Regatta 2016


The Wild Fork at Henley Royal Regatta 2016

The Henley Royal Regatta, celebrating over 160 years of sporting excellence is the optimum setting for entertaining and so naturally, we were over the moon last year when we heard we would have an enclosure during the 2016 Regatta. We brought our quintessential country style to Temple Island Meadows, flaunting our unique approach to British dining.

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We have to say, and of course we are not biased… our enclosure was the most beautiful on the river. With an optimum spot on the start line where rowing battles are often fought their hardest, we were set for a win from the word go. This coupled with our stunning stretch tent from 10×15 structures gave us sure confidence that with just an ounce of our contemporary British style our enclosure would wow.

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Guests could enjoy the river views from our outdoor space complete with modern, stylish seating, plenty of space for relaxing and a pretty cool wooden boat, just to finish off the look…

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The team loved the wooden boat – the perfect spot for a Regatta selfie!

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Our relaxed country vibes oozed into the interior. Our long, social banqueting tables provided the optimum atmosphere for mingling: friends, couples and colleagues alike. With finishing touches like our garden bird table names and terracotta pots of deliciously scented herbs the place was brought to life.

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Who has heard of the phrase, ‘Brunch without booze is just a sad breakfast?’ because this certainly became our mantra. Everybody was greeted with the option of Pimms or Bubbles before moving into our enclosure for a plethora of tasty brunch items.

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As well as top ups of Pimms & Bubbles we had an array of fresh juices on offer.

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The brunch bar was teaming with artisan yoghurts and homemade granola, warm, flaky pastries and danishes and healthy smoothie shots to make up for the naughty drinks on circulation!

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Also being circulated were treats from our wood fired oven: our chefs fired up some baked gypsy eggs in our beautiful wood fired oven – the most popular breakfast choice of the week.

The Wild Fork Waterfront Enclosure Henley Regatta SLR Photography

On arrival, our guests chose which time they would like to be sat, and so after enjoying watching the rowing, chatting with their fellow colleagues and friends and taking in the beautiful setting, people sat down for their lunch.

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Our daily menu featured:

A selection of homemade Bread & Butter

The Wild Fork Duck Board: Duck Rillette, Home Smoked Duck Breast, Duck Liver Parfait, Pickles & Chutney

Homemade Channel Island Crab Quiche, Mixed Salad

Charred Lamb Shoulder, Grilled Spring Vegetables, Butterbeans, Salsa Verde, Tzatziki & Flat Breads

Wood Fired Oven Chicken & Heirloom Tomato Salad

A Selection of Classic English Desserts & a British Cheese Board

The Wild Fork Waterfront Enclosure Henley Regatta SLR Photography

The Wild Fork Waterfront Enclosure Henley Regatta SLR Photography

And, as if that wasn’t enough – available from 4pm we had a selection of speciality teas, scones and tea time cakes.

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Throughout the day and into the evening our fully stocked, rustic bar offered Strawberry Daiquiris and Cucumber Collins along with a selection of premium spirits, locally brewed West Berkshire Brewery Ale, wine & soft drinks.

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It’s fair to say our guests were thoroughly spoilt, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. It really was the premium spot for client entertaining, or simply enjoying a British sporting event in the comfort of great hospitality and a relaxed but professional atmosphere. The feedback was incredible and we are already making plans for next year. See you there?

We’d like to say a huge thank you to Shannon at SLR Photography for capturing the beauty of Regatta so well – aren’t her photographs a dream?!