Now 2021 has drawn to a close, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and what it had in store for us. Despite it being another abnormal and tough year, we managed to regain a relative sense of normality with our wonderful guests returning to stay with us on our peaceful bank of the river. Join us as we take a look back at 2021 at The Runnymede…
As England plunged into its third national lockdown, we inevitably had to close our doors to the public. However, we kept busy and spent a lot of this time doing charity work and supporting the local community. You can read more about what we got up to in our blog.
Hosting special guests
We spent February and March ensuring that the International Rugby Union teams were being well looked after when they came to stay with us between matches. And with a win in the bag for the Scottish Rugby Union team, it was definitely cause for celebration
We also hosted the cast and crew of Netflix’s Matilda: The Musical for the duration of production. The movie is set to be released at the end of 2022 and we cannot wait!
Outdoor activities resume
On 12th April, we had our boats back in their rightful place on the water and the spring sunshine lifting our spirits as outdoor dining was allowed to resume. Plus, we introduced paddleboards to the river and activities including Laser Clay and Archery for the first time…
The River Hideout is launched
On 17th May we were finally able to re-open our doors to welcome back guests who were looking for a summer escape on the sunny banks of the river. May was also the month where we unveiled the River Hideout for the first time, offering a relaxing spot for guests to dine al fresco, overlooking the shimmering water of the Thames, cold drink in hand…
A feathery arrival!
Our resident swans gave birth to cygnets!
GBBO’s Laura Adlington stays
We were super excited when The Great British Bake Off’s very own Laura Adlington stayed with us to celebrate her husband’s birthday in the summer. She’s just as wonderful in person and even recommended our desserts!
Being featured on ITV
We made our television debut in November, being featured on ITV’s Lorraine and This Morning. Here’s to hoping we’ll see a return of the camera in 2022…
Our new Head Pastry Chef arrives
In September we welcomed our new Head Pastry Chef, Ahmet Korkut, who since being with us has created a delicious seasonal afternoon tea spread which has gone down a treat with guests. You can learn more about Ahmet by reading our blog post.
Hosting the PGA players
September also saw us hosting the golfers playing at the BMW PGA Championship when they played in the tournament at Surrey’s Wentworth Club.
The Runnymede Gin
Just in time for Christmas we launched The Runnymede Gin. With flavours of spiced orange and cassia bark, it’s the perfect winter tipple (although it’s delicious in any season!). We’ve also made it available on our menus and you can buy whole bottles to enjoy in the comfort of your own home!
Chris Ions’ 35th work anniversary
At the end of the year, we celebrated the 35th work anniversary of our Maintenance Manager, Chris Ions. An unbelievable milestone, we caught up with him to find out more…