Top chefs and the sport of kings to start your summer

This summer, Hospitality Action is returning to Cheshire Polo Club to kick off the season in style with our Northern Polo Day. Taking place on Sunday 23rd June, it’s the pinnacle of refined sophistication and probably the most luxurious event in our northern events calendar.

Last year we spent over £70,000 supporting those in need in the North West. Funds raised from our Northern Polo Day will go towards helping those most in need across the hospitality industry.

It will be a delightful day of exquisite food from top chefs and adrenaline-filled polo at one of the oldest polo clubs in England.

The day will start by taking in some chukkas of polo on the manicured lawns with G&Ts, bubbly and canapés. Everyone will then retire to the marquee where lunch – cooked by three award-winning chefs from the North West – will be served.

The starter will be provided by Antony Shirley of El Gato Negro, Lancashire Life’s Chef of the Year 2017/18. Antony set up the Seafood Pub Company to widespread industry acclaim in 2010, before returning to the kitchen at multi award-winning El Gato Negro delivering “the most exciting service yet”.

The main course is courtesy of Aiden Byrne of Restaurant MCR. Aiden is a familiar face on shows such as Masterchef and Great British Menu, and has a highly successful restaurant career. His menus draw on all his culinary prowess and influences to delight diners with the exceptional food that he has become renowned for.

“I am thrilled to be taking part in this year’s Northern Polo Day – it’s one of those occasions that always has such excitement surrounding it so me and the team from Restaurant MCR cannot wait to get in that kitchen and create one of our signature dishes for you. Hospitality Action is a truly remarkable charity, and one that I am proud to have worked alongside for many years. The work they do is invaluable and it’s a privilege to contribute in any way I can.”

– Aiden Byrne, Restaurant MCR

Kevin Lynn, the multi award-winning Chef and Owner of Machine House, will provide the dessert. His restaurant was awarded restaurant of the year 2018/2019 and 2 AA Rosettes and has featured in the Michelin guide since it opened in 2016.

Kevin says, “I am extremely delighted to be involved with Hospitality Action and working alongside some truly inspiring chefs, at such a prestigious event raising awareness for a really worthy cause.”

Lunch will be followed by some fantastically fast-paced polo in an exhibition match. And the day will be nicely rounded off with a splendid afternoon tea prepared by Steven Tuke from Flat Cap Hotels.

Last year’s Northern Polo Day saw over 170 guests in attendance and £20,000 raised to help those most in need across the hospitality industry. This year promises to be even better and will see a charity raffle and auction with some fabulous prizes on offer.

Tickets are £95 per person or £900 for a table of ten and include day membership, car pass, polo match and demonstration, drinks and canapé reception, three-course lunch including half a bottle of wine per person, and an afternoon tea. A number of partner hotels are offering special rates for guests on the evening of 23rd June.

If you would like to enjoy a quintessentially British day at the polo, send me an email or give me a call on 020 3004 5505 to book your ticket, or book online.

Joining the Fundraising team, and events to look forward to

Hi, I’m Kirsty, new Fundraising & Marketing Executive at Hospitality Action.

It is my third week as an official member of the Fundraising team; however, I have been working with Hospitality Action for the past year, across the Fundraising, Grants and EAP teams as the charity has been growing and getting busier. This has given me a unique perspective into how HA works, and how we help to support the people in our industry on a daily basis.

My background is in scientific publishing, administration and events organisation, and I hadn’t had any involvement in the hospitality industry prior to joining HA. I have learned so much about how the industry works and the hard work done every day by amazing, passionate people behind the scenes that the public don’t see when we visit a restaurant or hotel, for instance.

It has also been a real eye-opener for me to see the struggles that people who work in the hospitality industry, or who have previously worked in the industry, go through. Whether it is somebody applying for a grant, or making use of the EAP via their workplace, in my relatively short time at HA I have seen so many stories of people who have fallen on hard times through illness, addiction, trauma or other  difficult circumstances. It has been humbling to see how the work that HA does to provide the support they need – financial, emotional or otherwise – has such a huge impact on their lives, and how grateful they are to the charity for providing the support they are often desperately seeking.

The work that the Fundraising team do is crucial to raise the funds to make all this possible. I’m very excited to have joined the team here at HA, knowing the work that I will be doing will have a tangible benefit to those in need. There are a lot of exciting fundraising events coming up, and I can’t wait to be a part of making those events fun for everyone, and raising money for HA at the same time.

26 November: Raymond Blanc OBE
This December: Hats Off for HA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am very much looking forward to being involved in this year’s Christmas events. The Festive Fundraising Dinner on 26th November with the legendary Raymond Blanc OBE will certainly be a special evening, and a great way to kick off Christmas celebrations. I am also co-ordinating a brand new fundraising campaign running throughout December called Hats Off for HA, where we’re asking hotels and restaurants to donate their cloakroom fees to us – an easy way for businesses to generate awareness, raise money and be in with a chance of winning a prize.

Interested in taking part in Hats Off for HA? Or attending an event? Or perhaps you want to know about other ways you can support HA? Say hello and email me at klyons@hospitalityaction.org.uk or call me on 020 3004 5505.