Earlier this month the Park Plaza Westminster threw open the doors to it’s spectacular ballroom for the first in a regular series of very special evenings combining food with a live performance by a major artist.
Those lucky enough to attend July’s inaugural event were treated to Natalie Cole’s only UK performance this year and believe me, it really was a treat. Sharing personal memories with the audience in between each song, Ms Cole created a spellbinding atmosphere which the audience loved.
Before the act guests were served a four course meal – including roast fillet of beef (or vegetable cannelloni for non-meat eaters) – which was was was beautifully presented and exceptionally well cooked.
Staff worked very hard to deliver diners a great night out but there were however a couple of small issues which, given the £95 per head, diners are likely to notice and organisers might wish to reconsider before their next event in December.
The portions were on the under generous side, the beef was served with a single potato and very small melody of vegetables – several of my fellow diners were surprised that no side servings of veg were available for those of us with larger appetites (and tummies to match!).
Also it seems the start time of the performance was fairly fixed because towards the end of service staff suddenly started to look rushed and the act started with around half of those on our table not being served coffee.
As I say, small gripes but ones a diner paying almost £100 is likely to care about.
Finally, I’m not sure the large table sizes – which see couples and smaller groups sharing a table with total strangers – lends itself to an intimate night out. If organisers can make the numbers work they might want to look at offering a couple of smaller tables for those looking to celebrate a birthday or other special event.
One nice touch, and one which quite a number of people remarked on, was the relaxed approach organisers had to people taking photographs. Too often one’s enjoyment of an event is ruined by heavy handed security, but here guests were able to take pictures to show and share with friends.
The price per head is fairly high but across the whole night the experience was spectacular and, as we left, there was a genuine buzz from attendees who’d clearly had a great night out and felt they’d gotten value for money.
The next LIVE from the Plaza event takes place on 11th December and features Paul Young. For booking details visit www.parkplaza.com/livemusic