Once a year, we have the privilege of welcoming Willis Re Global Engineering Practice, a leading reinsurance advisor, to the Montagu Arms Hotel for their annual corporate event. The day out of the office allows discussions without normal working-day distractions and interruptions – something we all know too well. This June, delegates swapped the buzzing city life as they took to the road from London to embrace the fresh country air.
For the eleven delegates, the trip was a breeze due to the easily accessible New Forest location on the main road from London down south. When asked why Willis Re Global Engineering Practice chose the Montagu Arms as their preferred destination, positive past experience along with location and ambience made the list.
Willis Re Global Engineering Practice opted for the dinner, bed and breakfast package, a popular choice for many, along with a sailing trip with Hamble Point Yacht Charters on a Bavaria class yacht for a luxury day out at sea. Hamble Point Yacht Charters specialise in corporate events on the water and based near Southampton, just a short sail from the centre of the Solent (the main sailing area on the UK's South Coast) this is the perfect set off point for the day. The yacht itself is a marvel to see, giving the delegates an outstanding sailing performance with first class design and characteristics. An experience they are unlikely to forget.
For many of the delegates who attend, this trip is the highlight of their year as they enjoy winding down over ‘an excellent dinner and the relaxed atmosphere in the lounge’. An exquisite feast prepared by award-winning Head Chef Matthew Tomkinson was available after their day out sea and with appetites high on the horizon, delegates got to choose from the following menu:
Slow Cooked Navarin of Dan Smith’s Lamb
with Fresh Pasta, Dressed Spring Vegetables and Garden Herbs
Grilled Cornish Mackerel
with Waldorf Salad, Toasted Rye Bread, Pickled Vegetables and Verjus Dressing
Masala Spiced New Season’s White Asparagus
with Crispy Lentils, Fresh Coriander, Coconut and Cashew Cream (v, vegan)
Day Boat Caught Fish of the Day
with Pressed Potato and Black Pudding Sprouting Broccoli and Roasted Pumpkin
Rump of Dorset Rosé Veal
with Lightly Braised Spring Vegetables and Sherry Vinegar Sauce
Roasted English Cauliflower
with Sweet and Sour Glazed Chicory, Toasted Pine Nuts and Cauliflower Puree (v, vegan)
Salted Caramel Fondant
with ‘Cider Lolly Sorbet’ and Crème Fraiche
A Selection of Homemade Sorbets and Ice Creams
A Selection of English and French Farmhouse Cheeses
Coffee with Homemade Petit Fours
We caught up with Willis Re Global Engineering this month following their recent stay; David S Rawson ACII, Executive Director, commented:
“For a number of years now we have stayed at the Montagu Arms after a day’s sailing on The Solent as the location is perfect.
There is always an atmosphere of calm in the hotel which is ideal for having both serious business discussions and relaxing over an excellent dinner in the restaurant.
I have always found the people who work at the hotel knowledgeable, efficient and friendly.
The organisation of our event has always been handled extremely efficiently and it is the little touches – such as name cards for dinner, which make it such a pleasure to come here.
Having returned here on numerous occasions, and enjoying all of them, I would have no hesitation in recommending this venue for events or conferences.”
We look forward to welcoming Willis Re Global Engineering again next year.
Excellence is the starting point of everything the Montagu Arms Hotel does, whether it’s the ultimate country house short-break, an intimate dinner for two, lavish weddings or parties or corporate events that will leave lasting memories for all those who attend. We aim to surprise and delight our guests by exceeding expectations and offering a highly personalised experience.