A history-making sporting event is set to take place on June 29 and 30 when, for the first time ever, two regular-season Major League Baseball games will be played in Europe. The exciting double-header between long-time rivals the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees is set to take place at Stratford’s London Stadium, which will be transformed into a 60,000-seat ballpark, complete with iconic American hot dogs.
In celebration of this major match-up, The Beaumont in Mayfair will offer a week-long menu at the Colony Grill Room highlighting authentic New England dishes – from classic clam chowder (£12) to cream-filled cannoli pastries (£6). The culinary collaboration between the hotel’s executive head chef Christian Turner and noted New England food writer Larry Olmsted will feature Boston specialities including starters of soft shell steamer clams dipped in broth and melted butter (£10) and fried clams (£18) – the closest US approximation to British fish and chips.
Drawing on his extensive knowledge of New England food history, Olmsted has provided expert insight into the recipe for each traditional dish on the menu, and the lobster roll (£9.50/£18) is set to be the star at both lunch and dinner. Served in a hot-dog roll that’s been griddled with melted butter, the lobster meat is seasoned with mayonnaise, celery salt, black pepper and paprika.
Other savoury favourites are set to include Boston baked beans (£12) smothered in molasses and served on toast, and Parker House scrod (£22) – a typical cod or haddock dish that’s prepared using milk, white wine, seasonings and baked breadcrumbs. Desserts will be no less decadent, as Boston cream pie (£7) – an American sponge cake filled with custard and brushed with rum syrup – and Fig Newton biscuits, served alongside coffee, will feature on the menu.
This feast is particularly fitting for The Beaumont – as legend has it, Jimmy Beaumont (the hotel’s fictional founder, created as a backstory for the establishment by co-founder Jeremy King) was a baseball player at Yale and a life-long Red Sox fan.