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.

Join the ranks of Jason Atherton and Tom Kerridge this summer

Over the last few weeks we have been overwhelmed with support for Social Sunday 2019 as operators across the UK have mobilised to help their industry colleagues in need. But we still need more businesses to join in and fundraise for us this summer on Sunday 7th July.

When you do you’ll be in good company; taking your place alongside Principal Patron Jason Atherton, Tom Kerridge, and Tom Kitchin to name but a few. We are proud to be supported by operators large and small from all corners of the country, from national brands like Park Plaza Hotels to independent operators including The Working Boat pub in Cornwall, Bourgee in Norwich and The Freemasons at Wiswell in Lancashire.

Tom Kerridge calls upon the industry to support Social Sunday

Here are our top five Social Sunday fundraising ideas:

  1. Host a big-name chef from another part of the country to run a pop-up in your property.
  2. Create a special dish, cocktail or even menu to showcase your culinary innovations and excite customers.
  3. Add just £1 to diners’ bills for the first week of July (or even the whole month). You’ll be amazed just how much can build up.
  4. Open up for a special Sunday lunch service. After all, it’s how Jason Atherton came up with Social Sunday in the first place.
  5. Engage your suppliers. Ask your local butcher or veg supplier to provide produce free of charge for Social Sunday and pass the saving to HA. It’s a great way for your suppliers to show their commitment to the industry and to strengthen relationships.

No matter what you do your donation could help us support a family facing financial hardship due to injury, relationship breakdown or mental health problems. We provide practical solutions to everyday problems to keep families together and help people back on their feet quickly and with dignity. You could be closer to somebody we’ve helped than you realise.

To find out more visit our website and get in touch to tell us what you’re planning.

We look forward to hearing from you