Not long to go now before we all meet up at The Lancaster in our finery on the 27th .
To whet your appetites for what’s to come, I thought I might give you a sneak preview of the delicious menu. The first course is a trio of choices which we’ve put together on one plate because we couldn’t decide between them. It’s a Tian of confit duck leg with cucumber and spring (a very posh twist on the crispy duck pancakes of old) with a red onion and Somerset brie tart and the hotel’s famous, house smoked salmon.
The main course this year is Horseradish and parsley topped beef, shiitake & chestnut mushrooms, gratin potatoes, savoy cabbage, baby onions, root vegetables and a port jus.
Finally, as in previous years, we have chosen two puddings and will serve five of each to every table of ten. That way you can choose between you in your couples or make a new friend by sharing with the person next to you! These are a milk chocolate opera cake with peanut butter, chocolate fondant and raspberry sorbet or a passion fruit and white chocolate cheesecake with blood orange sorbet. It’s mouth-wateringly magnificent.
I should make you aware that Lancaster Gate Tube will be closed when you come to the ball but plenty of other stations such as Queensway and Paddington are very close by. Forewarned is forearmed so that you don’t get a nasty surprise on the day.
I’m looking forward to seeing you all on the 27th.
Chair of White Hat Committee