Cornbury House Horse Trials, taking from 06 to 10 September, is partnering with The Pelican to launch a new hospitality experience called ‘The Pelican in the Field’ at the international horse trials on Saturday, 09 and Sunday, 10 September.
Re-defining the traditional hospitality experience, guests can expect a fantastic feasting-style menu set in a relaxed space overlooking the main show-jumping arena. On arrival, guests will be greeted by an Oyster station followed by The Pelican’s signature open-fire cooking style, using Cornbury Farm-raised meat as well as an array of delicious salads using locally grown produce, with a cheese table and dessert options for later in the afternoon.
The Pelican, located in the heart of London’s Notting Hill, is renowned for its interactive style of cooking and has also recently opened a sister pub, The Bull, which is located next to the Cornbury Estate in the local town of Charlbury.
Commenting on the new partnership, David Howden, Founder and President of Cornbury House Horse Trials, said: “We are delighted to be teaming up with Phil Winser and his brilliant team at The Pelican and now The Bull to create an exciting new experience here at Cornbury this year.
“Regenerative farming has been a huge passion of mine for 20 years now and our focus is on producing the best flavoured meat from traditional breeds raised here at Cornbury on slow-growing grass, where biodiversity and soil health are key to achieving this.”
“It has long been my vision to merge the traditional world of eventing with sustainably sourced food and drink and working together we believe the newly created ‘Pelican in the Field’ will be a fantastic addition to this year’s event.”
Phil Winser at The Pelican added: “We are really excited about this partnership with Cornbury House Horse Trials and to introduce a new interactive hospitality experience. With thanks to David Howden and his team, we will be cooking on open fires and offering Cornbury Farm raised meat for the best possible flavour. ”
Cornbury House Horse Trials takes place across five days in September in the heart of the Cotswolds. With its visually stunning backdrops of Cornbury House and the Wychwood Forest, this year’s event promises a boutique experience for attendees, where the world of traditional eventing collides with a woodland festival atmosphere.
Away from the equestrian action and new for 2023, a celebration of all things food and drink with the introduction of “Field Food”, offering a showcase of delicious locally-produced artisan options for attendees to enjoy. This will include a range of offerings from local farms along with local beers, ales, and cocktails to enjoy from the new on-site public bar, the aptly named “Wychwood Inn”.
There will be immersive woodland kids activities on offer over the weekend (09 to 10 September) along with some ‘apres’ style entertainment featuring live music after the competition has finished.
Tickets for ‘The Pelican in the Field’ are available to purchase for £125pp and include admission to the Horse Trials. Spaces are limited, and the full menu can be found on the Cornbury House Horse Trials website.