A “lobster and fizz” garden launched in partnership with the Delevingne sisters, a Rick Stein pop-up and an Instagram-famous “pony in residence” are all on the agenda this summer at the Goring Hotel, which has announced its post-lockdown plans.
In its back garden, the grand Belgravia hotel – most famous for its ties to the Royal family – is partnering with Poppy, Chloe and Cara Delevingne to serve the sisters’ Della Vite prosecco and a grilled lobster menu, from May 17 until the summer’s end. Food will include a lobster club sandwich, a lobster Caesar salad, oysters, a sea food platter and a classic surf n’ turf.
The Delevingne fizz was first launched at the end of last year and, unlike much celebrity-backed booze, was met with generally favourable reviews.
In June, the garden will be then taken over by a Rick Stein pop-up, with the chef tripping up from Padstow for a week-long residence from Monday 14 to Sunday 20. In keeping with the garden’s theme, Stein will cook lobster – brought up daily from Cornwall – as well as crab and fresh fish including Dover sole, turbot and sea bass. The chef will be on hand for a meet-and-greet book signing later in the week, while his sons Jack and Charlie will host a cookery demonstration.
The pop-up marks a return to the hotel for Stein, who in 2017 ran a temporary “Taste of Cornwall” restaurant in the gardens, complete with sand.
The Goring has long had ties with Cornwall, with owner Jeremy Goring having family on both sides living along the coast. In 2019, the ill-fated Siren restaurant launched with Cornwall-based chef Nathan Outlaw in the kitchen, though it announced its permanent closure last year, brought on by the pandemic.
“Some of the best seafood in the world comes from the pristine waters around Cornwall,” said Jeremy Goring of the announcement. “We’re looking forward to bringing Rick’s culinary masterpieces to London once again this summer.
“The British seaside is looking rather full this year and so we’re delighted to be able to bring a little piece of it to the middle of London.”
The chef and the Delevingne sisters are not the garden’s only star guests this summer. The hotel will also welcome Teddy the Shetland – who has 157,000 Instagram followers, some 12,000 more than Stein – to be its “pony in residence” from August 16-31, and is launching a limited-edition afternoon tea in his honour. Teddy is owned by Jeremy Goring’s cousin, with the hotelier dubbing him “our most famous family member”.
The lobster and fizz garden will be open daily from noon until 9pm. For more information, visit thegoring.com