Background

Sitting in the leafy conservation area astride the River Test near Whitchurch in Hampshire, just 60 miles from London, lies Laverstoke Mill – the home of Bombay Sapphire.  Laverstoke Mill’s legacy is as chequered as it is intriguing; the site was once owned by infamous monarch, King Henry VIII and was also the place Henry Portal manufactured bank notes for the British Empire in the 18th century.  Now, following renovations by Heatherwick Studio, Laverstoke Mill is the spectacular location where every drop of the world-famous Bombay Sapphire gin is produced with the utmost care, skill and artistry.

Brief

The venue at Laverstoke Mill is fabulous and lends itself beautifully to glamorous, sophisticated events.  The compelling element to this event was ‘Christmas celebration’ epitomised by stunning food and great cocktails.  We were asked to create a menu that reflected a funky take on a classic Christmas dinner.

The Four Gables Touch

Bombay Sapphire gin is famous for its inclusion of exotic botanicals and so we focused on picking out and threading those flavours through a traditional Christmas menu.  89 guests were treated to canapés of anchovy stuffed Kalamata olives with orange and rosemary and smoked salmon and cream cheese roulade with caviar before sitting down to a three course dinner.  A starter of gin cured salmon with citrus flavours set the tone and was followed with turkey, featuring mixed herbs and juniper running through the ‘trimmings’ and strawberry crumble with black pepper syrup and clotted cream.  Obviously, we couldn’t be in the home of gin without offering a few cocktails. The team at Bombay served up drinks from  their winter 2018 cocktail menu including a ginger, lime and mint infused ‘The Laverstoke’ from mixologist Sam Carter (which our guys confirmed was delicious!)