It is fair to say that the team at Yapp Brothers are anticipating the imminent royal nuptials with varying degrees of enthusiasm but all of us are looking forward to yet more time off work to spend with family and friends and we are hoping that the recent sunny spell continues.
Tom will be close to the action heading into the heart of the Westminster maelstrom to appease his Colombian wife who is an avid royal watcher. Fortunately, an old school chum owns a first-class Pimlico pub, The Marquis of Westminster, in Warwick Way, where they will be serving an English Wedding breakfast washed down with Domaine Collin Cremant de Limoux. They then intend to dash round the corner to catch a glimpse of Kate leaving another Yapp account, The Goring (or the ‘boring Goring’ as The Queen allegedly refers to the hotel that hosts her staff Christmas parties!). If the sun is shining, it’s off to the big screen in Hyde Park, otherwise its back to the boozer to watch it on the telly.
Claire will taking her young family to visit a proper ‘old fashioned’ street party in Gillingham where some bubbles should prove uplifting – lemonade for the kids and Vouvray Mousseux Brut for the grown-ups.
Frenchman Michael has promised not to recite the traditional Gallic wedding toast: Buvons un coup, buvons en deux, à la santé des amoreux, à la santé du Roi de France, et medre pour la reine d’Angleterre, qui nous à declare la geurre! Instead he is going to content himself with the last of the seasons’ oysters which he recommends savouring with his favourite Provençale white - Cassis: Clos Sainte Magdeleine.
Charlie and his wife Jodie are bravely taking their one year-old, William, camping in Charmouth Bay where they hoping to sample some Lyme Bay scallops with a nervy young Clare Valley Riesling from Neagles Rock.
Avid cyclist Paul plans to visit some of the hostelries surrounding Mere by bike. The White Lion at Bourton and Spread Eagle at Stourton are two of his favourites where he recommends the Otter Ale and locally brewed Kilmington Best bitter respectively.
Cheese aficionado Michelle has discovered a passion for Godminster Vintage Cheddar, made down the road in Bruton, after they prudently dropped in a sample at Yapp HQ. She is planning a visit to their farm shop to stock up but is still undecided about the best wine accompaniment being torn between a warming glass of Rasteau or a lightly-chilled Chinon.
Patriotic Welshman Meirion will celebrate the new union by heading down to the idyllic Isle of Purbeck and the picturesque village of Worth Matravers. Weather permitting, he intends to walk along the cliff top South West Coastal Path, ending up at Dancing Ledge, where he will partake in a light lunch with a cool, refined glass of Stephane Brocard’s Meursault, to toast the happy couple, and wish them all the best for the future.
Father of two Hamish will be taking his kids to a barbecue organized by the local scouts on Broughton Gifford common. He thinks a ‘chest-thumping, southern red’ is the best foil for burnt bangers and is laying in supplies of Xavier Bruguière’s dark and brooding Pic Saint Loup ‘L’Arbouse’ for the occasion.
Jason, who still has happy memories of spending his commemorative jubilee coin in the school tuck shop in 1977 after the delightful discovery that it was legal tender, will be enjoying an informal lunch with his neighbours in their local community garden. Apparently bunting is encouraged but flags are regarded as de trop by the somewhat precise denizens of Keyford Gardens. What is certain is that lashings of rosé will be required if the weather holds. Jason has a penchant for the Vin de Corse Sartène from Domaine Saparale but he reckons the Coteaux d’Aix from Domaine Oullières might be a better budget option given past form.
Dutch expatriate (not ex-patriot!) Bianca and her family will also be joining friends for an al fresco repast. She has lain in supplies of the white Chinon from Château de Ligré and the juicy young red Côtes de Thongue ‘Tradition’ from Les Filles de Septembre so should be able to please all comers.
Last but not least Londoner Jonathan will not be doing much in regard to celebrating or watching the Royal festivities as he still has flash-backs after donning a full Household Division guards uniform and bearskin hat as a young lad for the Silver Jubilee back in ’77. Instead he will be cooking a fish pie for friends that he will serve with a Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2007 to raise a glass to the happy couple as it is assured to kick-start a very convivial après midi!