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Great Britain Dinner

London, January 23, 2012

The Bailliage of London goes “clubbing” … to Pall Mall, a few steps from St James’s Park in the heart of London’s “gentlemen’s clubs”, for dinner at the stunning Royal Automobile Club.

The Royal Automobile Club is one of London’s finest private members’ clubs with over 100 years of luxury and tradition with exceptional facilities and outstanding service. The early years were focused on campaigning for the rights of the private motorist, the introduction of the driving licence, and the staging of the world's first motor race, grand prix, the famous London to Brighton Run.

Awarded the title “Royal” by King Edward VII in 1907, this recognised its position as the oldest motoring organisation in the country. It began operating as a private members’ club in 1999 and has modernised, refurbished and added to its contemporary facilities for the benefit of its growing membership.

The evening started with a reception in the library before going into the freshly-decorated and appropriately Burgundy-coloured Committee Room for dinner. Peter Scrafton, Bailli of London, used the occasion to welcome four new professional members from the Club:

- Maître Hôtelier David Wilkinson, Chief Executive
- Maître Hôtelier David Renton, General Manager of the RAC’s Woodcote Park at Epsom
- Maître Restaurateur Stephane Pallauault, Food and Beverage Manager
- Maître Rôtisseur Philip Corrick, Executive Chef.

The team certainly put on a splendid meal for this inaugural Chaîne event at the RAC.

The superb food was complemented by well-matched wines. Highlights were foie gras and duck confit with Cattin’s Pinot Gris “Vendanges Tardives” and Chocolate Financier with Els Pyreneus Maury ‘Grenat’. The santé du chef was proposed by Conseiller Culinaire Vic Laws.

Bailli Délégué Philip Evins then rounded the evening off by presenting Chaîne plaques to both David Wilkinson for Pall Mall and David Renton for Epsom.

Philip Evins, Bailli Délégué