Rick Stein’s Sunset Cinema
Ditch the popcorn, the Padre of Padstow's hosting a pimped-up night at the pictures.
Lose the remote, quit the Netflix bingeathon, because you do not want to miss out on this super special summer night out. Set your alarm, pop it in your diary, this is BIG!
Let’s set the scene. It’s high-summer, the sun is setting. You and your gang are sipping fizz in the gardens of a stately pile, before settling in comfy chairs to watch a cinematic classic on an enormous outdoor screen in the magic-light gloaming. We’re talking Scandal, The Usual Suspects, La La Land, Lion, The Big Lebowski, Atonement, Grease and The Talented Mr Ripley – movies we know, love and can quote ad infinitum. Pretty good so far, right?
Then there’s the food. Over-priced nachos and plastic cheese? A tub of popcorn? Bucket of fizzy pop. Hell no. With the Padre of Padstow, the lover of lobster, the Don of all things seafood, Mr Rick Stein, in the kitchen you’re guaranteed a an evening of fine food with zing: think crisp Mackerel with a mango and green paw paw salad and a fish pie with garden peas or Sashimi of scallop, salmon and tuna and a lamb curry with rice and poppadoms. All finished off with The Hand and Flowers’ legendary ice cream. Yummmmmm.
It’s basically film night on steroids. Rick Stein’s Sunset Cinema will be a super-luxe version of a trip to the cinema with friends. Cosy, communal and familiar with films and food that never disappoint.
Tom Kerridge (he of Hand and Flowers fame) along with three friends, including Chris Hughes aka Mr Carfest, launched the Pop-Up Picture Co. in Marlow’s Old Town Hall late last year serving classic comfort food: beef stew, prawn cocktail and so on; just like Granny would make, if she were a Michelin starred chef. Within half an hour of release, 4200 tickets had sold. Clearly something to repeat then.
So here we are, this time at Cliveden House, Berkshire’s very own stately-pile, turned hotel, with a history for throwing magnificent (if slightly racy) parties. It’s probably in account of the decades it has played host to misbehaving rock stars, royalty, actors, writers, politicians and *ahem* high class hookers. Cliveden wears scandal like a badge of honour.
Rick Stein being Rick Stein, the pop-up menu is based around locally sourced seafood (where possible), but there’s also talk of a lamb curry to warm away any evening chill, plus a veggie offering that looks darn-right droolworthy: Madras curry of halloumi with tomato and tamarind.
Tickets go on sale on Wed 26 April at 10am, but you can sign up here for priority ticket access. Be quick, these tickets will sell out faster than a date with Harry Styles. The show, itself, trundles into Taplow from 21 June – 11 July, then it’s off to Chewton Glen in Hampshire from Sat 9 – Sun 23 July, kicking off with La La Land.
Food will be served during the screening, on discreet low tables, with interval drinks and homemade ice cream served by usherettes rocking the vintage look.
Shhhhh at the back! Phones off and bliss out.
Rick Stein’s Sunset Cinema, The Pop Up Picture Company, Cliveden House Hotel, Taplow, Berkshire SL1 8NS