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02.07.2015

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A Summer Garden Party at Leighton House

Our guests were soaking up the sunshine at summer parties across the capital last month. On Thursday 18th June we were at Leighton House Museum for a garden party in the grounds of the former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton.

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Guests arrived in the evening to enjoy canapés and drinks in the garden of the historic building. Our team served lavender marinated Lavender Marinated Lamb Skewers with a Creamed Celeriac Dip, Naked Wagyu Beef Burgers with Comté Cheese and Mushroom ‘Patty’ and Caramelised Red Onion and Cherry Tomato Tarte Tatin Served with a Drizzle of Balsamic Vinegar and Maldon Rock Salt and Goat’s Cheese and Pickled Beetroot on a Cucumber Base with Pistachios and Herb Oil.

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Following canapés guests tucked into more substantial bowl food, our bowls included Crispy Pork with Quince – Slow Roasted Garlic and Sage Belly of Pork Served on a Bed of Parmesan Mash with Quince Aioli and Watercress and Pink Salmon and Yuzu – Roasted Flaked Salmon Served Just Pink with Broccoli, Garden Peas and a Yuzu Dressing. A cold bowl of Lobster, Shrimp and Salmon Salad with Bloody Mary Mayonnaise, Iceberg Lettuce and Sweet Brioche Soldiers was also served. The garden party menu closed with dessert canapés – Miniature Bannoffee Pie with Caramelised Banana, Caramel Sauce and Whipped Cream, Dusted with Coco Powder.

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Leighton House is a ‘private palace of art’; it features an extraordinary Arab Hall with a golden dome, intricate mosaics and walls lined with beautiful Islamic tiles. Upstairs, Leighton’s vast painting studio is one of the sights of London; the walls are hung with examples of his work and lit by a great north window. Many of the most prominent figures of the Victorian age were once entertained in this room; including Queen Victoria herself who called on Leighton in 1859.

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To find out more about Leighton House or any of our other venues contact us.

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