From Jose Cuevo margaritas to Orchard Pig cider. There was a Peacock tail cocktail truck, a Sipsmith gin bar, Pimm’s double decker bus complete with croquet lawn and a Veuve Clicquot tent (yes, really). The Ketel One Kitchen served vodka fans, and the twinkly Meantime bar and Heineken Hall kept those seeking a decent pint happy. Not that I tried them all, I hasten to add!
Then there was wine.
If you weren’t organised enough to book Thomasina Mears or Yotam Ottolenghi or Angela Hartnett, or just not the kind to plan ahead, no fear.
For instance, if you’d missed a table at The Pig or Petersham Nurseries, takeaway was available.
Our preference was to head to The Dining Room where we gorged on gourmet Breddos tacos, top notch samphire pakoras from Kricket or soft, steamed Taiwanese Baos, washed down by a glass or two of Provençal rosé from The Cellar wine bar.
The wine may stop there, but the food was never ending. Gourmet street food lined the site at each and every turn. Favourites included Anna Mae’s mac ‘n’ cheese, more tacos, Chip Off The Block cheesy chips, Bubble Dogs (sans bubbles), burritos, gyoza and so much more. The Wholefood Heaven Buddha bowl went down a storm with my healthy CrossFit loving chum.