An Evening at Henley Royal Regatta

Having spent the day soaking up the sunshine and atmosphere in hospitality and Stewards enclosures, we were ready for a little more human interaction.

We jumped on a boat and sailed over the river to River Feast.

A little collection of great British food ‘n’ drink slingers, but most importantly a bar that serves our cracking cocktails in watering cans!

Using all of our favourite ingredients!

(It’s a Chase bar, and you already know I’m obsessed with their elderflower offering.)

We happily took our sloshing can over to a nice shady area to enjoy.

Let’s be honest, there’s really no way to remain ladylike when slurping from a bucket!

So we just got stuck in!

As the sun started to creep away, we decided it was high time we balanced out a few of our cocktails with some supper.

And where better than a supper club with a view like this?

Lanson pulled out all the stops… well, corks! And made it an evening to remember.

Kicking off with beautiful smoked salmon, creme fraiche, home baked cornbread, English caviar & watercress.

Quickly chased by another bottle of bubbly.

(You try a new one with each course.)

I have to admit… I’ve never been a big fan of Lanson champagne.

But I have to concede that the blanc de blancs was excellent.

It completely blew away my misconceptions about the house and went wonderfully with the seared mackerel & gooseberry.

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We sipped Lanson rosé with guinea fowl stuffed with spelt, pancetta and leek with summer vegetable salad.

By the time pudding emerged we had quite a collection of glasses!

Lemon posset with pistachio shortbread.

I’m absolutely giving this one a whirl at home!

We watched the most romantic of all sunsets with our watering can and a few salted truffles.

Not quiiiite as good as my Chocolate Salty Balls… but still pretty good!

All that food deserves a serious, sporting workout.

So we grabbed our paddles and headed, not to the river, but to “The Club”… to play table tennis.

A furious game with boys in bright trousers.

A truly scrumptious evening (yes, I’ve been waiting to say that since falling in love with that car!)

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  • Nickie Finch Reading

    Cocktails will now look boring if not served in a watering can. When does this event happen again ? Looks so fun
    Nickie x

  • Nickie Finch Reading

    Cocktails will now look boring if not served in a watering can. When’s this event on again ? Looks so much fun !
    Nickie x

  • Those watering cans are a much classier and more photogenic version of the infamous full moon buckets! A great idea for doing pitchers of cocktails for summer events!

    Fie x Coffee & Confetti

  • Amy

    This is so strange – I have just bought a load of mini watering cans to serve cocktails in at my birthday party this year! Great minds….
    What a very glamorous post, looks like you had a wonderful time! Lemon posset + bubbles is a winner in my books.


  • Aisling

    <3 Looks like such a fab day out! Gonna scour your posts for the best places to go when i visit in a few weeks! Great work again Rosie. Such a joyous read.

  • woweeee lucky girlies! such a beautiful spot to have dinner and the weather was beautiful too! I love the little touches like the watering can for the cocktail, simple but so pleasing!!! πŸ™‚

    Mollie β™‘

  • Laura

    Wow, looks amazing! Never seen cocktails in watering cans before!

  • The perfect end to what looks like a fabulous day. The watering cans are such a cool idea to serve cocktails in! The food looked amazing too.
    Hugs xoxo

  • Those watering cans are absolutely brilliant. What a novel idea of serving cocktails! Yum! Thanks for sharing your scrumptious day! x

  • This is such a lovely post. I definitely think I am going to try drinking out of a watering can, it looks like so much fun!

    Where are your sunglasses from, they are such a lovely shape?

    Beth x

  • harri3544

    how do you afford Β£700 chloe dresses!! What do you guys earn!!

  • Samantha Bei

    It’s bit to early for some bubbly over here but the food pics are making my tummy grumble. I could definitely go for some lemon posset for breakfast

  • Your dress matches the watering can! (In a good way!) Ultimate in co-ordination! X πŸ˜‰

  • Louise Brown

    Love that the cocktails were served in a watering can, what a cute little touch! I’d also love one of those for my garden! x

    The Little Things

  • Looks AMAZING! Nothing quite like a British summer. πŸ™‚

    Could I ask a favour my dear & hello to all of Rosie’s readers! I’m fundraising for a volunteering trip to The Philippines in November, when I’ll be going out there to help establish community centres that will act as schools libraries and shelters for communities still without access to education for their children after the Typhoon last year.

    I actually wrote an e-book to help raise money called ‘The Courageous Living Mini-Course’ – and if I know anyone that lives a wild and courageous life it’s you. There’s a suggested donation of just $15 but I’d be so grateful if you or any of your other readers (hello!) would be interested in supporting the project.

    Lots of love! Amber xo

  • I love your dress! x

  • I had just been about to say I didn’t know drinking from a bucket could look ladylike but you guys proved me wrong … and then you went and said otherwise! πŸ˜‰

  • Soph

    Purely out of interest, what were your misconceptions regarding Lanson?

  • Drinks in a watering can – genius ! This looks like such a lovely event, and a perfect way to watch the sun set

    Lauren x

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  • ruby

    lovely photos! we also ate at the supper club during henley, such great food! spoke to one of the boys in the restaurant and they own a pub in mayfair (the running horse) serving similar food/cocktails, definitely worth checking out… xx

  • Imogen May

    I’m curious to know what marmalade vodka tastes like?! Looks like a beautiful day! Xx

  • Aw lovely post Rosie! As pure usual! X x

  • I’m afraid that all of the probably yummy food in this post went right over my head as I still can’t get pasts the awesomeness that is COCKTAILS IN A WATERING CAN.

  • I think all my summer dinner guests will now receive their drinks in watering cans and pink striped cups!

  • Ha! I was hoping there would be a Chitty reference in there somewhere!

    I hope you ensured you finished your collection of Champagne after you’d finished your food.

    The rule in my family was that you couldn’t get down from the table unless you finished everything… Well, you wouldn’t want to be rude πŸ˜‰

    Katie <3

  • Oh man the two of you make the best of posts! Beautiful pictures and I love that hat with the dress, looks so romantic and classy. And the watering buckets and pink-white cups, gotta pinterest those for future inspirations!!


  • Katie Franklin

    YES you have to make pistachio shortbread… sounds insane! Can’t wait for the recipe. Gutted as I couldn’t make Henley this year, your pics have (just about) made up for it! xxx

  • I’m totally serving cocktails from a watering can at my next summer party!

  • I loved this post. Those watering cans are so cute, what a brilliant idea! – Lifestyle Blog


  • Watering can envy! Loving these shots and that fabulous pleated dress.

    xx, Kristi

  • Looks like such a fun event! We need something fun like this in New York!


  • Kelsey Wilburn

    ahaha! that watering can is amazing!

    ladies in navy

  • wow, cocktails in a watering can! So unique and cool πŸ˜‰

  • Gorgeous photos, and I love your outfit! x


  • looks fantastic, really love both your dresses :] x

  • arielle q.

    this looks so fun! that watering can idea was inspired! and those dresses are absolutely gorgeous!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  • The watering can cocktails are brilliant. And that lemon posset looks gorgeous. It’s one of my favourite desserts because it’s so simple yet delicious! xx

  • Joanna bunting

    love it – going to have to go next year.

    Jo xoxo

  • Cocktails in watering cans is such a cute, creative idea! Love it!

    – Christina

  • I actually won a trip to Paris a few years ago with Lanson champagne…I drank so much of the stuff, I’ve been hooked ever since! Harriet xx

  • London Mum

    I had a very different Henley experience to you! I went with my baby in tow so had to stop at the one drink really! My post goes live tomorrow morning:


  • Beautiful photos, looks like so much fun!

  • Emma

    I went to Henley with a friend as well this year, sadly we left after the races had ended so didnt get to enjoy as much of the lovely food as you did! Will definitely have to make more of it next year

    Also I’m pretty sure I’ve stumbled upon your american counterpart over at …I thought the resemblance was quite striking (but that may just be me going mad haha)

  • Lauren Hughes

    Dresses are amazing ladies, looks like you had a brilliant day! xox

  • Emma

    Looks like fun! And that dessert? To die for!

    Hmm maybe…

  • That food looks delicious! What a weekend to spend drinking Champs…just delightful.

    Visual Diary | Discover Hong Kong

  • A giant-ass watering can filled with a delicious cocktail is really all I ask for in life.

    I love how perfectly English and proper all of your activities are! This post is friggin adorable.

  • Sophie

    Can’t beat a bit of ping pong! Have you tried Bounce – the Ping pong bar?

    Sophie x

  • CHG

    That is A LOT of champagne!! Looks fantastic.

  • This looks like such a good day I love the watering cans!! πŸ™‚

  • The cocktails look fab and your dress is gorgeous πŸ™‚

  • Peppermint Dolly

    Love these shots – a great day out!


  • Katie

    This looks incredible–so jealous!

    xo Katie

  • Such lovely photographs, it looked like so much fun! x

  • Looks like you two had fun ! πŸ˜‰

  • Watering cans, the classy way of presenting a jumbo cocktail. Who knew?! I haven’t played table tennis (ping pong as we Americans call it) in years. Looks like a great evening πŸ™‚

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • liz kaczmarek

    Drinks in a watering can may be the best idea I’ve ever heard in my life. This would be so cute for an outdoor garden wedding!!

  • Rachel Taylor

    Beautiful day and beautiful dresses!

  • Lisa Robb

    This looked lovely. Loved the water can cocktails. Did you get to keep the can???
    L x

  • I can’t believe they sell cocktails in watering cans! I love the pictures of the scenery as well… so beautiful πŸ™‚

  • I love those pink and white striped cups! They’d be so cute for an outdoor lawn party!

  • The shots of pouring champagne are beautiful! Nice job!