The Gourmet Picture Company
The Gourmet Picture Company, who have previously hosted sell-out culinary cinema events this summer at Chewton Glen in Hampshire and Cliveden House in Buckinghamshire, as well as in Marlow over Christmas last year, are soon to be heading to Bath. Popping-up in our wonderful city this winter from the 14th December through to 31st December, the Gourmet Picture Company will be pitching up a movie theatre marquee (which will be heated) in Royal Victoria Park. Here they will be showcasing an eclectic programme of classic movies, including some Christmas favourites we all know and love. Now us cinema-goers are in for a very special treat, for each movie screening includes a three course seasonal menu curated by two of the country's best-loved chefs, Rick Stein and Tom Kerridge (they will be headlining the event at separate times). I was fortunate to meet both chefs when they recently visited Bath with the Gourmet Picture Company for a press Q&A session ahead of the launch next month.
Gloucestershire-born Tom Kerridge, chef and owner of the two Michelin starred pub in Marlow, The Hand and Flowers, and its one Michelin starred sister pub, The Coach, is one of four friends to create the Gourmet Picture Company concept. Tom explains that the main aim is "to make the food taste fantastic, so that it will match the fantastic movie." He described to us how there are other people creating experiences that combine movies and food, but that "the food often doesn't live up to the movie experience, so we wanted to create gourmet style food in terms of flavour that matches the movie". The idea is based on sitting down with friends and having amazing food whilst watching one of your favourite films.
Tom will be designing the dishes from 27th to 31st December. "There will be a set menu per night... We don't want it to be a restaurant service so it doesn't interrupt the enjoyment of sitting and watching the movie. Instead, it becomes an aesthetic part of it, so you actually enjoy the food beforehand."
The cinema experience will be taken to new gastronomic heights with dishes inspired by Tom's mouthwatering menu at The Hand and Flowers. During our press meeting, we were treated to some samples of the delicious homemade ice-cream created from the team at his restaurant, which will be served during the intervals... I'll never be able to look at a bucket of sweet and salty popcorn at the Odeon or Little Theatre in the same way again!
Regarded as a "national treasure", and quite rightly so, Rick Stein - chef, restauranteur, author and television presenter - will be kickstarting the event from 14th December until Christmas Eve. Famously known for his exceptional culinary prowess with seafood, Rick will be designing delicious fish dishes, with examples including a twist on a classic prawn cocktail and an Indian fish curry. He has vegetarian options covered too, with a Sri Lankan cashew nut curry planned. Moreover, some of Rick's favourite films, including 'Love Actually' and 'Withnail & I' will be screened to accompany his menus. Commenting on the cinema experience, Rick confesses that "the sofas are rather special, they are comfortable and it's a bit like having TV dinners, but more upmarket!"
The Gourmet Picture Company looks forward to welcoming Bathonians and visitors to the city this festive season and I think it will be the perfect excuse to enjoy a cosy date night or a treat for your family, to create a wonderful Christmas memory!
Here are just a few additional points that you may find useful ahead of the pop-up culinary cinema next month...
- Tickets will go on general sale on 23rd November, but you can sign up for access to the pre-sale tickets via The Gourmet Picture Company's website here. *UPDATE* Tickets are now on sale! Go choose your screening and grab your tickets here: gourmetpicturecompany.co.uk
- All seating will be allocated by the events staff. They'll make sure everyone has a good spot!
- Starter and main courses will be served before the movie commences. Ice creams will be brought to your comfy sofa during an interval.
- There will be afternoon matinees and evening screenings.
- The movies screened will be across a variety of genres including: film classics, Christmas favourites, family friendly and some niche picks too.