Harden’s, the country’s most authoritative restaurant guide, has launched a new line-up of exclusive events for 2018 as part of its Harden’s invites series. Each month, the restaurant guide and review site will present a number of special culinary experiences at different, renowned UK dining destinations including Locanda Locatelli with chef-patron Giorgio Locatelli, Michael Caine’s Lympstone Manor and Tom’s Kitchen with Tom Aitken.
The Harden’s invites series kicked off last year with a sell-out evening at Le Gavroche in September hosted by Peter Harden and Michel, Emily and Giselle Roux, in celebration of the launch of their latest cook book New French Table. Followed by an evening at Jason Atherton’s flagship restaurant Pollen Street Social, dinner at Birmingham’s Purnells – celebrating 10 years in business, and ending at Jun Tanaka’s The Ninth in Fitzrovia in November.
Tickets will be released at least one month prior to each event – so keep your eyes peeled for your invitation via our newsletter. Not a Harden’s member yet? No problem, simply sign up www.hardens.com/members/register.php and you will be contacted with news about our exclusive Harden’s invites series.
Dinner at Locanda Locatelli W1
When: 26 February 2018, 7 pm
Where: Locanda Locatelli, Hyatt Regency, 8 Seymour Street, London, W1H 7JZ
Price: £110 pp
What: Join us at Giorgio Locatelli’s Marylebone HQ – one of London’s most “polished” Italian dining rooms (“at its best, nowhere else matches it”) – for a one-off event that sees Giorgio step back into the kitchen with his former protégé Andy Needham. Guests will enjoy prosecco and nibbles on arrival, then take their seats for a four course Italian menu with matching wines, followed by coffee.
Tickets announced: TBA
When: 14 March 2018, 6.30 pm
Where: Lympstone Manor, Courtlands Lane, Exmouth, EX8 3NZ
Price: £255 pp
What: Join Harden’s for an evening with Michael Caines featuring a six-course tasting menu with wine pairings. Michael will introduce each dish, telling the stories behind the recipes. Guests will arrive at the “stunning” Lympstone Manor – with its “to-die for-views” over the Exe estuary – at 6.30 pm for a sparkling Nyetimber reception, dinner will be served at 7 pm. For those wishing to stay the night room and event prices start from £825.00.
Tickets announced: TBA
Dinner at Tom’s Kitchen SW3
When: 26 April 2018, 7 pm
Where: Tom’s Kitchen, 27 Cale Street, London, SW3 3QP
Price: £90 pp
What: This one-off event hosted by Harden’s and chef and restaurateur Tom Aitken celebrates the official relaunch of Tom’s Kitchen Chelsea following an extensive refurbishment and the addition of a brand new menu. Further details still TBA.
Tickets announced: TBA
SOLD OUT Dinner at Le Gavroche W1
When: Monday 18 September, 7 pm
Where: Le Gavroche, 43 Upper Brook Street, London, W1K 7QR (nearest tube: Bond Street)
Price: £160 pp
What: The inaugural Harden’s invites dinner hosted by Michel, Emily and Giselle Roux at Mayfair’s temple of Gallic gastronomy. The event celebrates the launch of Emily and Giselle’s latest cook book New French Table. Guests will enjoy a Laurent-Perrier Champagne and canapé reception, followed by a four course meal expertly paired with wines from Le Gavroche’s “astonishing, predominantly French list”.
Tickets announced: 18 July – SOLD OUT
SOLD OUT Dinner at Pollen Street Social W1
When: Thursday 12 October, 7 pm
Where: Pollen Street Social, 8-10 Pollen Street, London, W1S 1NQ (nearest tube: Oxford Circus)
What: Three chefs, three Michelin starred restaurants, three signature dishes – one incredible evening!
Harden’s has teamed up with internationally-acclaimed chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton and his Social Company empire to bring an exclusive dinner event to our readers. For the first time ever the chefs at Atherton’s top three, Michelin-starred, London restaurants – Pollen Street Social, Social Eating House and City Social – will cook together to create a special five course menu of signature dishes, served with carefully matched wines.
The evening starts at 7 pm with a Nyetimber English sparkling wine and canapé reception, hosted by Atherton and Harden’s guide co-founder Peter Harden. Each restaurant’s chef will devise one dish for canapé reception.
Atherton (Pollen Street Social) will create the starter, main course and petit fours for the five course dinner, with Paul Hood (Social Eating House) providing the fish course, and Paul Walsh (City Social) delivering the dessert. And guests can have their menus signed by all chefs as a little memento of the evening.
Tickets announced: 12 September 2017 email email@example.com or call 020 7839 4763 to book.
When: Wednesday 1 November, 7 pm
Where: Purnells, 55 Cornwall Street, Birmingham, B3 2DH
Price: £135 pp
What: To celebrate 10 year’s of brilliance at Birmingham city centre restaurant Purnell’s we’re inviting Harden’s readers to a special ‘Decade of Purnell’s’ dinner with a menu devoted to Glynn Purnell’s greatest hits – including two of his winning dishes from the BBC’s Great British Menu series.
The evening starts at 7 pm with a Champagne Gremillet canapé reception, hosted by the chef-patron himself, followed by a five-course tasting menu served with carefully paired wines.
Tickets announced: 26 September email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7839 4763 to book.
* This is a banqueting-style event and whilst we will do our best to accommodate, bookings of two or four may be seated with other diners.
SOLD OUT: Dinner at The Ninth London W1
When: Thursday 16 November, 7.30 pm
Where: The Ninth London, 22 Charlotte Street, London W1T 2NB (nearest tube: Goodge Street)
Price: £95 pp
What: If you haven’t yet tried Jun Tanaka’s “consistently brilliant” Mediterranean-influenced sharing plates, here is you chance to do so in style. Harden’s, and chef-patron Tanaka, will host a five-course banquet in the stunning private dining room at Fitrovia’s The Ninth on Thursday 16 November. There are just 20 seats available at the private table so make sure you book your place now.
The evening starts at 7.30 pm with Champagne Canard Duchene, Cuvee Leonie Brut, freshly baked pita, oregano and salt and oxtail croquettes, followed by a delicious succession of sharing dishes, including Chargrilled whole sea bream, lemon confit and miso and Venison in salt crust, Cavolo nero and beetroot. Everything on the menu is communal, with the exception of The Ninth’s signature oxtail croquettes. To find out more about Jun Tanaka read our interview with the chef here.
Tickets announced: Tuesday 17 October
* This is a banqueting-style event so you will be seated with other diners.
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