After years of planning, months of preparation and weeks of excitement, the Tour de France has now been and gone leaving a incredible legacy behind.
The atmosphere of the whole event was immense, but for every one in Yorkshire the Grand de Part was extra special making us all ‘Proud as Punch’ and showcasing our beloved county to the world.
The Box Tree team worked extremely hard, both in the run up to the event and on the day, seeing us serve breakfast to VIPs at Harewood House and keeping Ilkley watered and feed across the road from the restaurant on Daffodil Hill.
The Box Tree Restaurant’s Executive Chef, Simon Gueller, in the Gallery
Despite the 3am wake up call for the team at Harewood after a soggy night camping, everyone was in high spirits and excited for the day ahead. While Breakfast was being served Lord Harewood welcomed his special guests which included The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Nick Clegg.
Our Menu ….
Eggs Benedict – Poached Eggs on Toasted English Muffins with Hollandaise Sauce and York Ham
Creamy Kedgeree, with McKenzie smoked Haddock
Black Pudding, Potato Cake, Tomato Chutney
Freshly Baked Croissants, Pain au Chocolat, Pain au Raisin and Brioche
Home-Baked Bread Served with Yorkshire Sourced Strawberry Jam & Thick Cut Marmalade
A Selection of Fresh Seasonal Fruit, Home-Made Yoghurts and Fruit Compote
The Director of The Box Tree Restaurant Rena Gueller even managed to get a selfie with the Royals.
The Box Tree Restaurant’s Director, Rena Gueller, and The Royals
Just about to cut the ribbon for the official start of the big race!
The other half of the Box Tree team were based on Daffodil Hill opposite the restaurant, right in the heart of the action. We welcomed people from all over to join us for coffee, croissants, baguettes, ice cream, beer, wine and champagne. Not only did the Box Tree sell food within the marquee, but some of the team even walked as far as Ilkley Tennis Club, selling baguettes and pastries to the masses.
Box Tree Restaurant Director, Rena Gueller with Box Tree Events Manager, Michelle Hudson
It is hard to believe the Tour de France is now over. Wherever you were during the first 3 stages, whether it be right on the side of the road or watching it on your television at home, the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire was an incredible experience and one that will not be forgotten.