I thought maybe the naked dining trend would be one that would fizzle out. It seems I am probably wrong, with Eastern Region once again quickly selling out the latest event at the Three Horseshoes pub in Hertfordshire. With two more dining events lined up over the next few months, naked dining seems more popular than ever.
The evening was held in “The Forge” function room, above the pub, a lovely warm room, packed with forty naturists. Organisers, Robert and Pauline, provided quiz sheets on the tables as a great way to get people mixing and talking. The theme of the meal was “Chinese” and was in buffet form. Fortune cookies and prawn crackers on the tables were followed by soup, then half a dozen main dishes, and finally a variety of desserts. Apart from the spring rolls (why does everyone grab the vegetarian option?) there was plentiful food and I certainly enjoyed it. The manager was extremely friendly and commented that she often used naturist beaches in the Canaries so was not at all concerned with us as a naturist group.
I thought for this meal I'd let you see a range of quotes from some of the diners.
“Well worth driving from Plymouth for” Andrew
“Yet another wonderful evening organised by Robert and Pauline. We will not forget the tipsy man from the bar downstairs stumbling in saying Oh F... before beating a retreat” William and Chrissy
“A very relaxed and enjoyable evening with good food and efficient service with a pleasant and interesting group of people.” Julian
“A good selection of tasty food, wonderful company. The staff were amenable and friendly” Pauline and Peter
“A bit of a squeeze but we coped well... warm and friendly venue with great staff.” Steve and Pauline
“A great chance to meet real, genuine people for friendly intelligent chats and a chance to relax and eat good food.” Corrine
“Good variety of food and company … a wonderful evening with lovely people. Good meeting new people... great food too.” Jim and Yvonne
Bristol may have started this trend for naturist dining but Hertfordshire is fast catching up! The next event is a meal at a pub in Earls Colne, followed by a Moroccan/Mediterranean meal at Cakes R Us in Hertfordshire. This is a lovely quirky venue that was very friendly and welcoming last time. As we move into summer, we have something very different with a luxury buffet meal on the narrow boat Elizabeth of Glamis cruising through the Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire countryside. There's plenty more going on as well as naked dining with a visit to the Rodin Kiss and Tell exhibition in Ipswich.
Once again thanks Robert and Pauline for a great night. Long may these events continue.
Article and image by Andy Wyman