Dukes Hotel: A picnic like no other

Dukes Hotel - Picnic

It was the week of biblical rainfall and watching numerous weather apps with an intense will of ‘please don’t rain on Sunday.’ Luckily the gods listened and the rain stayed away, even the sun decided to show its face for a very special Father’s Day picnic I’d arranged from Dukes London.

Dukes Hotel - Picnic

The British hotel is tucked away in a quiet cu-de-sac in St James, but today we weren’t stepping foot inside the hotel. Instead we waited outside Green Park tube station for our butlers. Yes you read right. Butlers!

Dukes Hotel - Picnic

They came laden with picnic hampers and smiling faces and we chose our preferred spot to set up the picnic.

Picnic blanket, tablecloth, food, crockery glassware and even mini salt and pepper shakers were all laid out carefully. They’ll also provide blankets and hot water bottles, if the weather is a tad nippy. Always a concern when dealing with British summertime!

Dukes Hotel - Picnic

Dukes Hotel - Picnic

Dukes Hotel - Picnic

Once the wine was poured our butler handed over a phone number and asked us to call when we’d finished, so they can come back and tidy everything away. Amazing!

Dukes Hotel - Picnic

With that they left us to enjoy the glorious spread.

Dukes Hotel - Picnic

We opted for the vegetarian picnic – Spinach ricotta samosas. Courgette, halloumi, tomato brochette. Broccoli, pine nut avocado quiche. Cous cous, coriander, artichoke salad. Heritage tomato, cucumber, feta, mint salad and British artisan cheese, crackers, chutney.

Dukes Hotel - Picnic

On top of that feast we had not one but two desserts – Chocolate mousse with raspberries and rice pudding crème brulee

Dukes Hotel - Picnic

The usual summer picnic menu also includes – poached salmon, lemon mayonnaise & avocado, piri piri chicken, chorizo, pepper brochette and scotch eggs with honey mustard.

Children are not neglected either, their menu consists of with some kiddy favourites – pigs in blankets, cheese & pineapple on sticks, pasta salad and homemade crisps.

The portions were very generous and I have to admit we struggled to finish it.

It was a day where the dads lapped it up, the kids ran around to their hearts content and the mums relaxed. A pretty luxe way to spend a father’s day. With that in mind it may surprise you to know that the picnic costs just £35 per person and £12 for children without drinks. Very reasonable when you consider you’re getting a full butler service.

Bookings need to be made at least 24 hours in advance. So what are you waiting for? Start booking your quintessentially British treat in the park!

What are your picnic food favourites? Do you have a particular spot you love to go? Let me know in the comments box below.

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21 Comments

  1. Nathalie
    3rd July 2016 / 6:38 pm

    That looks amazing!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      3rd July 2016 / 7:23 pm

      Get it book! x

  2. Monisha
    3rd July 2016 / 8:33 pm

    ‘Twas a brilliant idea! X

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      3rd July 2016 / 8:50 pm

      Full of them aren’t we…Just not enough time to indulge in them all, but we give it a good crack! x

  3. 3rd July 2016 / 9:06 pm

    I love this idea, who wouldn’t love a Summer picnic in the park – especially with no clearing up to worry about!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      3rd July 2016 / 9:07 pm

      My thoughts exactly Jenny. Walking away from the dirty dishes and mess was great! x

  4. 3rd July 2016 / 9:08 pm

    I think the crown jewel of the feast has to be the delicious rice pudding creme brule it looks so good. Glad you enjoyed your divine spread.

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      3rd July 2016 / 9:39 pm

      Totally agree, so delicious Ana

  5. 3rd July 2016 / 9:11 pm

    This is so luxurious I cannot even begin to start processing it! What a lovely summer treat! I might have to do the same for me and my partner – a nice treat on a sunny day!

    Lottie xx
    http://lottielamour.co.uk

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      3rd July 2016 / 9:40 pm

      Oh you must Lottie! It’s such a lovely treat x

  6. 4th July 2016 / 9:29 pm

    Wow! What an incredible experience, it would be great for a birthday treat with friends!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      4th July 2016 / 9:54 pm

      Totally recommend it Sam. It is very special.

  7. 4th July 2016 / 9:36 pm

    What a fabulous, fun idea. I totally love the sound of that veggie picnic, and on a sunny day I just can’t think of anything better.

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      4th July 2016 / 9:55 pm

      You should try it lovely. Whenever you make it down to London. A great treat.

  8. 4th July 2016 / 10:37 pm

    How fancy and luxiourous does this look? And omg the crème brulee!

  9. 5th July 2016 / 7:49 am

    How fab, I’ve heard of a few London hotels doing this now but not seen one in action. Looks gorgeous and very decadent! The whole day looked lots f fun too 🙂

  10. 5th July 2016 / 9:03 am

    A butler service picnic I have never heard of such a thing. Sounds like such a nice concept and the food looks really yummy x

  11. 5th July 2016 / 6:58 pm

    Oh wow! What a fantastic picnic! I love the concept and also having a butler service! I love my kids more than anything, BUT I would love this for just Matt & I!

    Laura x x x

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      5th July 2016 / 8:24 pm

      I know what exactly where you’re coming from Laura. It would be so romantic! x

  12. 5th July 2016 / 8:51 pm

    What a gorgeous, unique, British idea! I love it – I just couldn’t trust our infamous weather! It all looks so lovely though. Kaz x

  13. Sarah Ella (Mumx3x)
    6th July 2016 / 9:42 am

    Oh wow! What a great experience! The picnic sounds and looks amazing.. all that food looks truly delicious. I’d love a picnic with a Butler and someone else to pack it all away, haha. It looks like a lot of fun! 🙂 xx

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