Guests from HSBC, Balfour Beatty, KPMG and Barclays joined Lime Venue Portfolio, which represents a collection of unusual sporting and cultural venues across the UK and Ireland, on 30 October for what was a haunting evening at the Old Royal Naval College. In keeping with the spooky timing, the event started with Red Zombie and Blood Sucker Cocktails and, as the bewitching hour approached, the ORNC’s resident Ghost Specialist Lady Linda, set the scene, revealing the dark secrets of the historic venue.
The ORNC has seen so much including drunken sailors and naval hospital patients. The tour explained how Monks during the reign of Henry VIII, punished for their loyalty to the Queen, now haunt the Painted Hall and Undercrofts and how the White Lady Ghost makes regular appearances in Admiral’s House or follows people through the ‘Chalk walk’ which links the ORNC’s two Undercrofts.
After the tour had chilled the bones of the visitors, further cocktails and a themed hot and cold fork buffet was served by caterers, Leith’s. Menu items included Roasted Butternut Salad with Spinach and Feta; Cous Cous with Goats Cheese , Pomegranate and Asparagus; Pumpkin Risotto with Crispy Sage; Sweet Potato Wedges with Thyme and Chervil; Devilish Red Cabbage; Witches Brew (Pea and Bacon Chowder); Pig Roast Carvery; Mini Toffee Apples and creepy Halloween Cupcakes.
Current Lime Venue Portfolio venues include Edgbaston, Royal Berkshire Conference Centre, Excel London, Edinburgh Zoo, Dartmouth House, Beaulieu, and Cheltenham Racecourse.