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Let Your Tastebuds Soar at this Balloon Banquet

Luxury Hertfordshire hotel, The Grove and culinary pop-up alchemists, Feast Events have created a delicious lovechild, in the shape of Feast on Cloud 9.

Guests will be greeted by the sight of ten bespoke, red and white hot air balloons bobbing above vintage, wicker dining baskets (seating 4-6 guests) tethered around the Formal Garden’s stepped canal water feature.

And although diners’ feet will remain on Terra Firma, the unique event promises to whisk their tastebuds to Cloud 9, thanks to a nine course tasting menu or an afternoon tea.

Naturally, you can expect Feast Events’ trademark food theatre, from edible clouds to the famous Lobster en-Croute carved at the table.

The tasting menu uses ingredients freshly picked from The Grove’s kitchen garden and includes a Cornish crab and Exmoor caviar tart and Rossini-style fillet of beef with truffle mashed potato and chicken liver parfait.

The afternoon tea features achingly posh finger sarnies, smoked salmon scotched eggs, pork and apple sausage rolls, tarts, warm scones, cakes and the famous, edible strawberry pavlova clouds.

And while you dine you can gaze out across sheet waterfalls, art installations and a series of 32 water columns, or beyond at 300 acres of sexy, Hertfordshire countryside.

Feast on Cloud 9. The Grove, Chandler's Cross, Watford WD3 4TG. Until 3 September. Nine course tasting menu: Adults £125 pp at evening sittings of 4-6 people. Children 4-12 £55. Afternoon tea £55 pp

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