Last week we were delighted to attend to the Relais & Châteaux 60th Anniversary celebrations at The Goring Hotel. On arrival we were welcomed by a friendly doorman who was impeccably dressed in a bowler hat from Bates Hatters, no less.
Whilst in awe of our surroundings, we were greeted by a champagne reception, which was followed by Shay Cooper’s celebratory Michaelmas Goose menu. Each course was paired with wonderful wines from The Goring cellars by their Sommelier, Olivier Clausse and the event was hosted in The Goring’s grand Archive Room.
Marcel Tilloy, a producer of theatre and owner of La Cardinale in Baix, created Relais de Champagne in 1954. He laid the first stone in the foundation of Relais & Châteaux by suggesting there should be a ‘Route du Bonheur’ comprising eight hostelries in the countryside on the route between Paris and Nice. These were establishments with perfect hospitality, elegant appointments with all modern conveniences and a good restaurant.
Today Relais & Châteaux is a collection of gourmet restaurants, boutique hotels, resorts and villas; proudly including The Goring.
We had a brilliant evening; it was great to speak to our hosts to learn more about the hotel and Relais & Châteaux. We even had the pleasure of meeting the farmer who provided the goose we were feasting on.
Jermyn Street: The Goring Hotel & Relais & Chateaux 60th Anniversary Celebrations.
We were also interested to discover that the renowned Paxton and Whitfield shop on Jermyn street supplies the hotel with its cheese. It’s fantastic to see the local businesses supporting each other.
The Goring hotel was opened in 1910 just behind Buckingham Palace and has been owned and managed by The Goring family for over a century. It is a byword for quintessentially English luxury. Upstairs each of its bedrooms is individually designed where hand-woven Gainsborough Silks cover the walls and bespoke furniture graces the rooms creating an English home from home right in the heart of this capital city. Throughout The Goring tradition is lovingly celebrated in award winning Afternoon Teas, fine British cuisine and exceptional service levels.
The hotel famously hosted the Middleton family the night before Catherine left to marry Prince William in Westminster Abbey. Then in January 2013 The Queen granted The Goring a Royal Warrant – the first she has ever granted to an hotel in her reign.
Located close to Jermyn street, across the other side of Green Park, the hotel is definitely worth visiting; whether for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a drink. And if you’re visiting London and looking for a place to relax, we can certainly say that this hotel would provide a very comfortable stay.