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A Very English Afternoon: Polo, Picnic, Afternoon Tea & Champagne at the Veuve Cliquot Gold Cup

Polo at Veuve Cliquot Gold Cup

Polo at Veuve Cliquot Gold Cup

Well, there’s not been many recipes here, has there? And sincere apologies for that. I try to keep things balanced on this blog, recipes, reviews, recommendations and travel but I’ve hardly been in lately, so recipes have slipped. Woryy not, I have two whole days pencilled in for cooking this weekend and I will be making marshmallow, tarts and lots of lunch/picnic stuff. There should be lots to look forward to in that regard soon.

I’ve been taking advantage of the summer, there’s so much going on and we actually have nice weather too. Nice weather?! Who would have thought. I’m pink and smiling and thoroughly enjoying picnics in the parks, dinners al fresco, supper clubs and so many other things. It feels like London is bubbling over with exciting things and smiling people. Some cranks too, but I’ve come to ignore them.

Polo at The Veuve Cliquot Gold Cup

Polo at The Veuve Cliquot Gold Cup

So, Polo? Eh? I know! Well, I’ve been in London 9 years and I have never been so I could not resist the invite. What is it all about anyway? Men on horses with sticks, chasing a ball or something. Do they score goals? Is it dangerous? Horses are quite scary, no? A picnic and aferrnoon tea too? And Veuve Cliquot Champagne? Ok then. I’ll go.

That’s how I found myself, one of 18,000 spectators in Cawdrey Park on a glorious summer Sunday last weekend. Confused, a little sunburned and very much enjoying myself, it was a wonderful day. I still don’t really understand polo but: picnics, cream teas and Veuvge Cliquot champagne? I definitely do.

Here’s the day in pictures. Don’t fear, I am fully back to normality now after my mini posh escapade :) Although, my taste for champagne and the fine things in life is exacerbated.

Veuve Fridges, Veuve Cliquot Gold Cup

Veuve Fridges, Veuve Cliquot Gold Cup

Happy DJ's at Veuve Cliquot Gold Cup

Happy DJ's at Veuve Cliquot Gold Cup

Teacup of Champagne at Veuve Cliquot Gold Cup

Teacup of Rosé Champagne at Veuve Cliquot Gold Cup

Afternoon Tea @ Veuve Cliquot Gold Cup

Afternoon Tea @ Veuve Cliquot Gold Cup

Veuve Cliquot Gold Cup

Afternoon Tea at Veuve Cliquot Gold Cup

Eclairs at the Veuve Cliquot Gold Cup

Eclairs at the Veuve Cliquot Gold Cup

Champagne Caddy

Champagne Caddy! Can I have one for home?

Picnic

Picnic time!

Picnic Smoked Salmon

Picnic Smoked Salmon

Picnic Tomato & Mozarella

Picnic Tomato & Mozarella

Picnic Dips & Crudités

Picnic Dips & Crudités

Canapés

Canapés

Canapés

Canapés - Truffle Scented Quail Eggs with Parmesan

Lobster Rolls

Lobster Rolls

I want these Teacups. Oh, and the Smeg too. Please?

I want these Teacups. Oh, and the Smeg too. Please?

Canapés

Canapés

Greg Rusedski & Ruby Wax @ The Veuve Cliquot Gold Cup

Greg Rusedski & Ruby Wax @ The Veuve Cliquot Gold Cup

Matthew Williamson @ The Veuve Cliquot Gold Cup

Matthew Williamson @ The Veuve Cliquot Gold Cup

Bianca Jagger @ The Veuve Cliquot Gold Cup

Bianca Jagger @ The Veuve Cliquot Gold Cup

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17 Comments

  1. Ah, some real celebs at last. Nice photos too. Looks like I missed a good day and some pretty morsels (not to mention bubbly). And sport. Nice one.

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    • Thanks Ailbhe! I know. Who’d a thunk, eh? The food was delicious. And the Veuve Cliquot – well, I could live on that stuff!

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  2. OMG, that was quick, I haven’t even downloaded my pictures. Your pictures are amazing and really capture the event beautifully. It was lovely spending the day with you drinking Veuve Cliquot!

    Luiz @ The London Foodie

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  3. You have done a great job at capturing the event in all aspects, in word and pictures!

    Liz Palmer
    Champagnehouses

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  4. Looks fantastic Niamh, what fun! I love those quintessential posh summr events you get in this country. Next year will have to sneak in :)

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  5. Wow what opulence is this?! The food is all so beautiful and the endless champers must’ve made it all seem like a parallel universe. I’d like one of those fridges installed in my kitchen filled purely with fizz at all times…

    You lucky lady!

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    • It was wonderful Katie! I need one of those fridges and lots of those gorgoues champagne cups.

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  6. Prose and photos both FAR too good for Hello magazine! Really lovely pics. Assume you’re using a D-SLR of some sort?

    Looks like a gorgeous day – I’ve been before but never been entertained like that!

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  7. What a great day it must have been! Wish I was there.
    Like your pics. And yes I would like a Smeg like that one too ;-)

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  8. Amazing write up, Niamh! So glad you had a good day! The sunburn has now subsided… huzzah!

    See you soon!

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  9. I am ABSOLUTELY GUTTED that I couldn’t make this event. I knew I’d be crying when I saw this post and I am! Oh, well, next time…..

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