The hospitality industry may be about providing food, drink, accommodation and service, but sometimes you have to go the extra mile to pull customers in. With the Chelsea Flower Show (25-29 May) coming up next week, we take a look at how some businesses are using the event to boost trade.
Hibiscus and lavender afternoon tea
Jonas Karlson, head chef at the Fifth Floor Restaurant at Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge, has created a special Floral Afternoon Tea in celebration of the show. Served with the special botanical Chelsea Rose Cocktail, Karlson’s afternoon tea comprises of Hibiscus Financiers, Lavender Cup Cakes and Homemade Violet and Strawberry Jam with a rose petal and vanilla tea.
Restaurant Michael Nadra in Chiswick is offering Fabulously Floral and Gorgeous Garden Menus in celebration of the Chelsea Flower Show and National Vegetarian Week (24-30 May). Dishes featuring on the seven-course vegetarian tasting menus include Cauliflower and Black Truffle Velouté; Twice Baked Goat’s Cheese Soufflé with Piperade and Basil; and Ravioli of Roasted Butternut Squash with Pecan Nuts, Confit Garlic and Courgette Tempura.
St. James’s Hotel has created a special Chelsea Flower Show cocktail menu, featuring ten floral concoctions including Lavender Crush, Jasmine Buttercup, Queen of Lilac, Physalis, and Elderflower & Basil Spray. The hotel is also offering a special overnight package for the duration of the show, which includes breakfast plus a gift of an RHS Encyclopaedia of Plants and Flowers to take home.
Botanical spa treatments
Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Spa is offering a complimentary hand and arm massage and a glass of champagne at the Jo Malone Sloane Street Boutique to those guests ordering a special ‘Bloom cocktail’ from the Mandarin Bar for the duration of the show. The hotel’s spa is also offering a range of flower-inspired treatments using botanicals such as rose, pine, jasmine, lavender and neroli.