There’s a standard phrase in our house: ‘I want to move to Marlow!’. It’s uttered every time we see something fabulous happening in this lovely little Buckinghamshire town. We go as much as we can, but it’s an hour from us (though actually, right next to where Mr E works). It’s gorgeous in the summer, and magical in the winter. I’ve even earmarked my perfect house on West Street (you don’t even want to know how much it is). This weekend, we were lucky enough to be invited to the launch evening of The Pop-Up Festival, a unique pop up cinema experience combined with delicious food from the fabulous Tom Kerridge. I’d heard all about the Gourmet Picture Company as my lovely mate Amanda from Online Stylist attended one last summer at Chewton Glen. It looked absolutely gorgeous, so I was so excited to see how the Gourmet Picture Company would keep us all warm and cosy in December!
We wrapped up warm, but honestly didn’t need to. We were welcomed to the marquee at Marlow’s Riley Park with reindeer and a glass of fizz, and inside, which was really warm and welcoming, we discovered rows of comfy red sofas and twinkling Christmas trees. The inside of the marquee was warm and toasty too!
We snuggled down for our film, Casablanca, nibbling on popcorn, before being served our delicious, fishy salad starter (not sure exactly what it was as it was dark, but it was yummy), then a wonderful, warming chicken curry complete with rice and a warm, crispy poppadom. The food is all served in clever little dishes on your own table in front of your sofa. During the interval we had a choice of home-made ice creams, including flavours like banana, chocolate and salted caramel – delicious – all made by Tom’s amazing team at the Hand and Flowers.
After the film, we walked to The Coach, Tom’s gorgeous, cosy pub, for a nightcap before our taxi home. What an absolutely lovely evening.
Fancy a gourmet night at the pictures?
The fabulous screenings at Riley Park will be showing until 2nd January (we’re considering going back for The Holiday), including some midnight horror films! From December 18th to January 5th screening will be in the Great Hall and Warwick room at historic Bisham Abbey (once home to Henry VIII) where for the first seven nights, cinema goers will be served a delicious Indian menu designed by Atul Kochhar. The final seven nights will be catered (pretty sure that’s not the right term) by the wonderful Rick Stein. I just want to go every night!
There are also loads of Gourmet Picture Company screenings in Bath, if that’s nearer to you.
To book, and for more information, visit Gourmet Picture Company’s website here.