Sunshine stopped work..

..as The Hub headed out on No. 1 Court

Sunshine stopped work..
Well it really was a quintessentially glorious day of top class hospitality and the very best tennis experience on the planet - Wimbledon is Britishness at it’s very finest.

Situated opposite the main gate of the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon, is the purpose built Gatsby Club, offering a sanctuary from the tennis crowds and blistering sunshine. Managed by events group Keith Prowse and run by bar and events specialists Mix Global, The Gatsby Club boasts a stunning restaurant with some of the best dining at the Championships, as well as a beautiful garden area in which to relax and enjoy a drink from the Terrace Bar.

The catering was purely first class with multi award winning chef and absolute culinary legend, Albert Roux serving up an exquisite 3-course menu accompanied by specially selected fine wines to compliment the food. And if the Grey Goose Cocktails, magnificent seafood platter and decadent dessert were not enough to get one in the spirit of proceedings, then meeting one of the most influential and revered chefs in the world, Monsieur Albert Roux OBE himself, was the cream on top of the strawberries for me.

Taking in some tennis – reminding myself why I was there in the first instance, I was lucky enough to witness Serena Williams secure a 6-4, 6-1 victory over the Russian qualifier Margarita Gasparyan on No.1 Court. Serena definitely showed a degree of bafflement (as her expletives suggested) as Gasparyan, ranked 113 and so far without a single win at the top level of the ladies’ game, came out with all guns blazing, breaking Serena's serve at the first time of asking and surging into a 3-1 lead. But Serena’s experience and brilliance was never really in question as she cruised into a straight sets win. The match had taken an hour and 23 minutes and it had proved a testing one.

Time to head back to The Gatsby Club for the house cocktail after all that excitement – featuring fresh raspberry syrup, orange bitters, fresh lemon and Bombay Sapphire gin.

It was ‘love all’ on the scoreboard for the advantage point between food and cocktails when Albert Roux’s brigade served up afternoon tea. Game, set and match.

Thank you Albert and Serena for a most enjoyable day.

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