Last night, decked out in my penguin suit and accompanied by our Sales and Marketing ladies, I attended the 2012 Catey Awards at the JW Marriott, Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s prestigious Park Lane. It was my first time back in the Great Room for six years. Back in 2006 I attended the British Construction Industry Awards, an annual event run in connection with our parent body, the Institution of Civil Engineers.

From left to right we have Jayna Patel, Perry Simmonds, Anna Glazebrook and Wendy Greenhalgh

I am still undecided about what impressed me most last night. Joanna Lumley as a very entertaining hostess, the high production stage set complete with enormous Union Jack themed star cloths as the backdrop or perhaps it was the memorable menu!
The menu devised by Tom Kerridge kicked off with a Smoked Bramley apple soup with bacon, eel and borage. I was rather puzzled (as you can see by the look on my face) when the next delivery made its way to the OGGSVenue table.

Anna Glazebrook and Perry Simmonds at the Catey Awards

Before its lid came off, everyone at our table was prodding it and we were contemplating the use of various tools at hand to break in and reveal the mystery contents. It turned out to be salt-baked potatoes with malt butter encased in a rustic looking potato bag made out of pastry. It was served with Beer-braised ox cheek with Colman’s mustard, all in keeping with the overall British theme.

Making our Grade II listed, historic venue the most accessible environment for all our visitors in terms of providing services and support from our team to those with accessible needs is very much part of our management culture and ethos. So we didn’t come back with a Catey’s statue to add to our already full awards cabinet but we did well to make the final shortlist of only three along the Four Seasons Hotel Park Lane and Chewton Glen in the Accessibility Category. You can read more in our latest press release distributed today here

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