June 2006
  Travel, Hotel & Restaurants


LADY JOAN making an Entrance at the Spring Gala Dinner of THE GOLDEN SABRE at THE MANDARIN ORIENTAL HYDE PARK HOTEL.

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GRIMS DYKE HOTEL, Old Redding, Harrow Weald, London. Tel: 020 8954 4227

IWFS - International Wine and Food Society, www.capital-iwfs.org.uk

IWFS has branches throughout the World with lots of gastronomic events ranging from Gourmet Dinners and Wine Tasting throughout the British Isles, to Food and Wine Tours in Australia.

The other Friday evening I attended one of their Black Tie Gourmet Dinners – 6 Courses accompanied by different Wines, at Grimm’s Dyke Hotel in Harrow Weald – a few miles from London.

Grimm’s Dyke is a beautiful Victorian Manor, set in spacious woodland grounds and was once the home of Sir William Gilbert, of Gilbert and Sullivan fame. Their memories are kept alive by their Operas, which are regularly performed here.

The Black Tie Gourmet Dinner started, naturally enough, with a glass of Bubbly in the Lounge. After which we adjourned to the picturesque Gilbert Restaurant where, Chef de Cuisine, Daren Mason and hi8s team, prepared a highly original 6-course Dinner. Each course had been matched with an accompanying Wine selected by Anthony Byrne Fine Wines.

Dishes like, Artichoke Veloute with Morel. Filo Wrapped Asparagus, Proscuitto Tomato Fondue with Wild Rocket. Orkney Crab Risotto, Avocado Ice Cream really awakened the taste buds with their originality. The highlight of the Wines was the 1999 Brouilly, which matched extremely well with the gutsy Guinea Fowl stuffed with Pistachio. What wine, I wondered, could stand up or fall down, to the Citrus Soufflé with hot Chocolate Ice Cream. The Muscat de Rivesaltes 2002 was the proud answer. It was a great evening.

HAPPY BUBBLES – JOAN – THE SLENDER GOURMET. Eat it On – Exercise it Off. CHAMPAGNE EXERCISES - is the book to read.

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