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Croquet, afternoon tea and champagne - Summer 2010

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Croquet, afternoon tea and champagne …a deeply English summer at The Goring

Thursday 22 July to Thursday 26 August 2010

May 2010: This summer is all about hoops, mallets, splits, the full roll and level play. The Goring, which opened in 1910 in London’s Belgravia, celebrates its 100th summer in deeply English style with afternoon tea and croquet on the lawn.

The Goring’s garden officially measures in at a few feet bigger than Centre Court at Wimbledon. Perfect for glamorous garden parties and for that most English of games, croquet.

So every Thursday afternoon from 22 July to 26 August, part of the garden will be transformed into a croquet lawn. And for those who haven’t quite mastered the art of the roquet, help is at hand in the shape of another great British family business, Jaques of London, specialists in outdoor games since 1795.

Jaques, who have supplied the croquet sets for The Goring, were responsible for introducing croquet to England in 1851. Their iconic boxed croquet sets are a familiar sight during the summer season.

At The Goring this summer, Jaques’ experts will be on hand to throw light on the tactics required on what has been described as a “capricious and cut-throat game”.

As Joe Jaques, 8th generation of the Jaques family says:

“We’ve making outdoor games for 215 years, so we are thrilled to be helping The Goring’s guests with their croquet in this centenary year.”

And where would croquet in the garden be without afternoon tea?

The Goring’s Chef, Derek Quelch, has created a scrumptious Croquet Afternoon Tea especially for the summer, enhanced by lashings of jam and delectable teas from Fortnum & Mason, another quintessentially English establishment and purveyors of fine tea since 1707. Tea at The Goring is served on the Terrace overlooking the garden and on especially fine days the large shaded Veranda is one of the most civilized places in London for an al fresco sandwich or two – and for keeping an eye on the ball.

So for a different date, or for honing the croquet skills before that house party, or just a deeply English afternoon – The Goring is the place to be this summer…

Jeremy Goring, the fourth Goring to run The Goring said:

“It’s all above board. There will be no blasting the other player’s ball into the shrubbery at The Goring – this is a nice hotel.”

Every Thursday afternoon from 22 July to 26 August £45 per person - including..

Tea by Fortnum & Mason
A glass of champagne
and a croquet lesson by special arrangement with Jaques of London the oldest sports and games manufacturer in the world

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