Buenos Aries landed in Surrey last Saturday when Team Gaucho played Camino Real at Ham Polo club in Richmond. Dressed in my finest I stopped by to learn more about Argentina`s obsession with steak, showmanship and this very regal sport. A very glamorous affair, I watched as dashing Polo chatted with guests, taking time to teach them a few tricks in between their fast and furious matches. Delicious canapés were washed down with champagne, ice cream handed out to help keep us cool and wine tasting was available to those curious about Argentinean vintage.
Lunch and dinner was served at the Riverside Restaurant and I didn`t need to worry about my lack of ‘steak knowledge’ – Gaucho’s is famous not just for its food but also for its hospitality. The charming staff talked us through the various cuts, explaining their textures and flavours, whilst the in house sommelier suggested the best vintage to accompany our preference. The starters and desserts were also incredible good; I didn’t expect to be ticking into sashimi tuna and dule de leche cheesecake!
Sitting on their riverside terrace sampling fantastic food on a glorious summers day I began to understand why so many love this South American restaurant chain, it warm our steely British reserve up with a bit of Latin spirit whether through sponsoring red blooded polo players or serving rare meat and rich wine.
The event will be repeated in September and I intend to return, but for those who fancy combining it with seaside action they can check out the Beach Polo taking place on 9th 10th July at Sandbanks in Dorset. These are all mini events designed to building up to the Gaucho International Polo Tournament at The O2 taking place next February – a first for the O2 which is sure to be a hot ticket!
Disclosure: For this blog post we were able to gain access to a sample product or service.
To see our full Disclosure Policy please click here.