Sodexo will provide official hospitality services for Henley Royal Regatta 2021 as rowing supporters and crews return to the world-renowned event.

The annual rowing event on the River Thames will be held from Wednesday 11 August to Sunday 15 August, after cancellation last year due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The official hospitality at Fawley Meadows is expected to welcome over 1,700 people following the lifting of lockdown restrictions in England in July.

Sodexo has operated hospitality services for Henley Royal Regatta since 2013. This year, Sodexo will deliver all hospitality for the event across the Fawley Meadows Restaurant and Riverside Chalets and private dining in Temple Island.

Guests have chosen from a range of hospitality packages, and a new addition to the 2021 event is the VIP picnic hospitality packages.

The hospitality offering includes canapes, a five-course meal, afternoon teas and a selection of beverages, including Moët & Chandon champagne.

Guests can enjoy a five-course meal featuring local-sourced produce, with vegetarian and vegan options available, including Cured Loch Duart Salmon, 28-day aged West Country Beef and Summer bean risotto.

Food waste and sustainability has been high on the agenda for Ian Page, Sodexo Head Chef of Events, who has curated the menus, with Salmon and broccoli trimmings that could have gone to waste being used as part of a salmon and broccoli tart canape.

Henley Royal Regatta is the first greenfield event that Sodexo chefs will have operated at since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Sodexo team will serve up to 500 hospitality covers per day at the regatta.

Chris Bray, CEO Sports & Leisure for Sodexo UK & Ireland, said:

As the hospitality industry continues to re-open, we are delighted to be back at one of the most prestigious events in the sporting and social calendar. Our teams have been working tirelessly to develop new experiences and we are looking forward to welcoming back our guests to this wonderful event.

Daniel Grist, Secretary & Chief Executive, Henley Royal Regatta, said: 

With the return of the Regatta this year, it has never been more important to offer outstanding hospitality to those who watch the action from the riverbank. We want everyone to have the best day and for everything we do to reflect the excellence on the water. We know that Sodexo’s attention to detail contributes to the unique atmosphere of Henley Royal Regatta and will make it a day to remember!