To say I have no idea when it comes to the sport of cricket, is a huge understatement. So much so, I once wrote a blog post with the title Who Understands Cricket Anyway, after watching The Boy Next Door play one of his all time favourite sports at the beautiful Hurlingham Club in London.
So you might be wondering why I accepted an invitation to go on a tour of the ‘Home of Cricket’, Lords Cricket Ground, last week? Well between you and I, they informed me it was National Burger Month at Lord’s Tavern, the bar and restaurant of Lord’s Cricket Ground, and they were going to feed us burgers. That was my RSVP box ticked with a big fat YES. Food, it entices me every time.
I needed some partners in crime to come along, so who better than some of the girls from my social media team at the New Zealand Business Women’s Network. All kiwis, most of them diehard cricket fans.
Arriving at Lord’s, we were greeted by our tour guide, and with everyone gathered, we started our tour. Our guide was fantastic, with a wicked sense of humour, sharing information and stories that were so fascinating I suddenly realised I was thoroughly enjoying myself.
Starting with a sneaky peak at the famous Long Room, we then wandered into the England Cricket Teams changing area, which was surprisingly understated, but offered an amazing view over the perfectly manicured grounds.
Inside the museum, the original Ashes Urn is on display and it’s the teeniest thing you’ve ever seen. If you’re curious, take a look here to find out where the name ‘The Ashes’ came from. I promise it’s actually rather interesting and you never know when this info might be handy in a pub quiz!
We wandered indoors and outdoors around this world famous club, and eventually made our way towards the media centre, a rather UFO looking building that sits high above the cricket pitch.
The media centre was pretty damn impressive.
With views over the grounds and back towards the main Lord’s building.
I didn’t need to be a cricket fan to appreciate the beauty of Lord’s, it was truly an impressive site to see. The tour was fun and informative and something I’d certainly recommend on a sunny London day.
Our tour came to an end, but the night was still young and we were invited into Lord’s Tavern to celebrate National Burger Month.
During the month of May, Lord’s Tavern are celebrating National Burger Month with an international themed burger menu including one from my homeland, New Zealand! We agonised over which burger to choose. They all sounded so good.
Our tour group chatted away to each other between bites of the most amazing looking sausage roll I’ve ever seen.
Gluten free me couldn’t indulge in the sausage roll (boohoo!), but the chefs whipped up a delicious tomato salad for me instead, hooray!
Our burgers arrived, all of us opting for a different option. I settled on the Classic English Beef Burger with a big ol’ portion of fries on the side. Silence fell as we all tucked into dinner like a pack of hungry wolves.
Dinner was over, but getting rid of a group of Kiwi girls, who are a few glasses of prosecco in and having a blast on a Thursday night is no easy task! And it was true, we’d had a fantastic evening, from the tour of the historic grounds to the mouthwatering burgers. I’ve not heard the end of it from my envious boyfriend who was otherwise engaged that evening… ‘What!? I can’t believe you got to see the Long Room/Changing Rooms/Media Centre!’.
To celebrate National Burger Month (any excuse for a burger right?!) or for more information about Lord’s Tavern visit www.lords.org.