“Ladies and gentlemen. While the next course is being prepared, The Duke of Richmond Hotel invites you to look back in time, to the year 1795.”
Meet our endearing historic housekeeper and host for the evening, Olive, as she narrates entertaining anecdotes and historic intrigues surrounding The Duke of Richmond Hotel between three sumptuous courses in the Leopard Restaurant. Timed to coincide with the highly-anticipated Guernsey Heritage Festival, this immersive Heritage Dinner on 4th May 2019 celebrates the hotel’s captivating past with three beautifully presented courses. The dinner is paired with sophisticated wines and seasoned with a hearty dash of drama, themed on The Duke Through the Ages.
The evening commences with a flute of chilled Prosecco on The Terrace to witness an open-air re-enactment of the last ever duel to take place on Guernsey—a short, sharp shoot-off between Major William Byng and James Taylor in 1795. The two met in Cambridge Park, opposite The Duke of Richmond Hotel, with Taylor quickly settling the dispute by shooting Byng in the head.
Guests are then invited to take a seat in the Leopard Restaurant for a succulent starter of lobster, crab, mussels, and oysters with a shellfish velouté, beautifully paired with a crisp Racovita Pinot Grigio. In keeping with the evening’s heritage theme, the menu draws on locally sourced ingredients that islanders have been cooking with for centuries.
“In the early 1800s, The Duke of Richmond was one of Guernsey’s first hotels. It was then called Grover’s Hotel, constructed to cater for the abundance visitors wanting to explore the island.”
Olive goes on to share anecdotes about life under the German occupation in 1943 and what German military officials did for fun. Learn the fascinating details about a fire that razed the hotel in the 1950s, and hear about the time when a little-known pop group called The Beatles performed in Guernsey’s Candie Auditorium, before making it big.
Wash down a delicious main course of braised beef, garlic potatoes and an ox cheek sausage roll with a rich, plummy Bodega Privada Malbec. It’s followed by a fruit pavlova, heaped with locally picked berries and fresh Guernsey cream. Raise another glass of Prosecco to toast the rich history of The Duke of Richmond Hotel before relaxing in Leopard Bar with a smooth digestif.
The Duke Through The Ages
In association with Guernsey History in Action Company
Saturday 4th May 2019
£50.00 per person
A glass of Romeo Prosecco on arrival
Fruit of the sea
local lobster, crab, scallops, mussels, oysters with a shellfish velouté
Racovita Pinot Grigio, Moldova
Braised shin of beef
wild garlic pomme, ox cheek sausage roll
Bodega Privada Malbec Bonarda
local berries with fresh Guernsey cream served on a meringue nest