THE RITZ CHRISTMAS PUDDING RECIPE
What would Christmas be without a traditional Christmas pudding? In The Ritz Restaurant ours is on the menu and is as popular as ever.
As we only make a limited number of Christmas puddings to purchase each year, unfortunately due to high demand they have all sold out already. However, Executive Chef John Williams, MBE does not want you to miss out so he is sharing his exclusive recipe with you so you can re-create The Ritz Christmas pudding at home.
Contains Gluten, Nuts, Milk and Egg.
Remove the outer muslin, leave the pudding in the ceramic dish with the inner muslin lid attached. Add the pudding to a large pan of boiling water half way up the basin, cover with a lid and steam for one hour and 45 mins. Do not let the pan boil dry, top up water as necessary. Remove from the pan and carefully remove the pudding from the dish and serve with custard, whipped cream or brandy butter.
Do you want to feel as glamorous as a Hollywood actress? Why not take the approach of Tallulah Bankhead who sipped Champagne out of her stiletto at The Ritz London. Our version is served out of a perfume bottle to be poured and enjoyed from a glass rendition of a Christian Louboutin red soled slipper.
When the American actress arrived in London in 1951, she celebrated by drinking from her shoe during a press conference at The Ritz London. The head bartender of The Rivoli Bar, Walter Pintus, was inspired to create a drink as enticing as the show stopping actress it’s named after. The Tallulah is complete with an elegant blend of Soshu Japanese spirit, Jasmine Pearl tea, Cinzano Bianco, geranium essence and Piper-Heidsieck Champagne.
If the drink itself is not enough, take into consideration where you will be experiencing the cocktail. The Rivoli Bar encompasses the dazzling 1920’s design of Art Deco with Murano glass chandeliers hanging from the dome, gilded ceilings. Wood veneer walls embrace the room complete with delicate glass insets replicating those on The Orient Express Trains. As the bottles, glasses, and silver shakers sparkle from the bar’s overhead and underneath lighting a feeling of glamour radiates. Gold leafing, mirrored panels, and bamboo floors complete the elegant look.
If you are in the need for a drink as stylish as Tallulah herself, than look no further than this cocktail!
KING OF CONCIERGES, AND CONCIERGE TO KINGS
The Ritz London's distinguished Head Concierge is celebrated by his peers and awarded The Lifetime Achievement Award by The Society of The Golden Keys.
Michael De Cozar's first day of work at The Ritz London was on 30th July 1973, when he was employed as a Page Boy to run errands for the guests of the day. Through his commitment and hard work supplemented by his charm and wit, at the age of twenty Michael was promoted to the role of Junior Concierge and four years thereafter he became London's youngest ever Head Concierge.
For 32 years Michael has held the Head Concierge position and he has grown to epitomise everything that a hotel Concierge should be. Always immaculately presented with every button of his dapper uniform polished to perfection and his shoes shimmering under the house lights, guests crossing the threshold of this iconic hotel or those slipping out into the streets beyond will no doubt have had their outlook improved immeasurably following a lively exchange of pleasantries or a spot of banter with Michael.
Known for his winning smile, endless charm, quick wit and exceptional manners, Michael ensures that every guest of The Ritz experiences a personal touch delivered with panache and aplomb. Of course, no concierge is 'worth their salt' without being able to make dreams come true and whilst gaining a seat at the hottest table in town or getting the best tickets to a sold out show is all in a day's work for Michael, he will always go the extra mile and in the past has, at a guest's request, managed to fetch fresh seawater from Brighton for their evening bath and even arranged the buying of a battleship for another guest who wanted a souvenir of distinction from the United Kingdom.
With Michael's father having worked in Room Service at The Ritz London before him and his brother Luis still employed as Head Luggage Porter after 27 years of service, the contribution of the De Cozar Family is written on many pages of prestigious history at this most iconic of London hotels.