Spending the afternoon at Wimbledon is pretty high up on the list of things to do on a nice summer’s day that are somewhat more pleasant than being in the office. Luckily, I had the opportunity this week to have lunch at The Gatsby Club with the lovely folks at Compass and Restaurant Associates, and sample some of their fabulous offering.
The reception offered Champagne and fresh, lemony Grey Goose fizzes which were crisp and refreshing. Lunch was served early as the tennis starts at 1pm on Centre Court, so from a gorgeous menu by Restaurant Associates’ Albert Roux I chose the cold roast Cambrian spring lamb with mint dressing, followed by the seafood platter. The lamb was rare and thinly sliced, making it delicate and light, with just the right amount of mint from the sauce.
The seafood platter was spectacular, and included half a lobster, potted prawns, mussels, dressed crab, an oyster and lovely light potato salad. Dressings included shallot vinegar and Marie Rose sauce which were the ideal accompaniments. I love seafood and this was right up my street, everything was fresh and tasty and pretty much perfect – no mean feat when feeding so many people.
We headed over to the match after lunch, where a very noisy Sharapova narrowly beat Vandeweghe, who put up a great fight. The afternoon flew by then we headed back to the club for afternoon tea – I was still full but still managed to devour a few sandwiches, meringues and the loveliest little battenburgs. The Champagne and cocktails were still flowing, and there was a whole menu dedicated to Bombay Sapphire cocktails. Lovely!
I’d highly recommend a visit to the Gatsby Club if you have the opportunity – Albert Roux is amazing. It’s a lovely way to enjoy Wimbledon and hopefully Sharapova’s screaming won’t put you off your afternoon tea.