A Retro Sunday Carvery at The Holiday Inn, Kingston

Launched on Sunday 3rd December a retro Sunday Carvery featuring an original, mid-twentieth century Drakes carving trolley

Launched on 3rd December, the restaurant at The Holiday Inn, Kingston will be serving an elegant Sunday carvery lunch with all the finesse of table-side service from an original, mid-twentieth century Drakes Carving Trolley.

Conjuring up the glitz and glam of the 1960s, when carveries first started appearing in hotel restaurants across London, the ‘Carvery on Sundays’ at The Holiday Inn invites guests to lose themselves in a relaxed couple of hours of refinement for a special Sunday lunch.

In the spirit of 1960s glamour, diners will be served their roast from an original, mid-twentieth century trolley. Crafted by Drakes in silver plate and wood the rare, domed trolley is a bespoke one-off piece believed to be almost identical to the one ordered by hotelier, Conrad Hilton for the opening of the Hilton on Park Lane in 1963.

In acknowledgment of some 60 years of the carvery tradition, guests will be treated to 60 minutes of bottomless cocktails; Bloody Marys and Whisky Sours followed by a traditional three course roast Sunday lunch for £27.

Cooked from fine British ingredients guests can expect a choice of at least three main course roast meats such as 21-day dry aged loin of beef, horseradish cream & merlot jus carved table-side; roast chicken, smoked garlic butter, stuffing, bread sauce & gravy or pork belly and crackling, apple sauce and calvados gravy.

All main courses are accompanied with imaginatively cooked and seasonal vegetables, potatoes roasted in goose fat, rosemary and garlic and Yorkshire puddings.

When it comes to dessert, guests can expect to be catapulted right back to the 21st century with a trip to the candy cart stationed in the middle of the restaurant and laden with homemade puddings and sweets.

Sunday Carvery Lunch at The Holiday Inn Kingston

  • Every Sunday from 3rd December 2017 from 12 midday – 5pm
  • 60 minutes of complimentary cocktails followed by a 3-course lunch, £27

Holiday Inn, Kingston South
Kingston Tower, Portsmouth Road,
Surrey KT6 5QQ
Booking line: 020 8786 6520


Drakes Silversmiths

A little History about Drakes Silversmiths (makers of carving trolleys).
Drakes Silversmiths of 49 Brewer Street, London W1, was a firm of hotel and restaurant silver-plate furnishers, supplying meat wagons etc. to domestic and foreign markets:

Founded just before the mid-20th century by Harry Drake they soon started designing and building ‘Drakes Carving Trolleys.’

Silver-plate and wood and all silver-plate versions were designed and built. Harry’s son, Donald, joined the firm in the 1950′s.

In 1964 John Fuller described Drakes in his book, ‘The Restaurateur’s Guide to Gueridon and Lamp Cookery’ (a complete guide to side-table and flambé service) as, “A family firm who specialise in restaurant equipment and plating”

The business was subsequently renamed ‘Drakes Hotelware Ltd and moved its headquarters outside central London, but appears to have been dissolved by the early 1980′s.