December 20 2017

The Gourmet Picture Co bring a uniquely uplifting parcel of festive fun to Bath

The Gourmet Picture Company –- creators of unique culinary cinema experiences – have set up camp in Bath to present us with an eclectic programme of classic Christmas movies from The Holiday to The Hangover by way of It’s A Wonderful Life alongside popular cult films such as Sideways, Top Gun and Pretty Woman, screened in a magnificent movie theatre marquee on the western fields of Victoria Park (by the golf course entrance/Marlborough Tavern pub.)

But there’s much more to this festive shebang than a cinematic experience alone. Each screening is combined with sumptuous set menus curated by two of the country’’s best-loved chefs, Rick Stein and Tom Kerridge – when Rick’s menus end on Sunday 24 December, Tom’s take off from Wednesday 27 December and run all the way through until New Year’s Eve.

If the word “marquee” sends a chill through your bones, then rest assured that the GPC have created a venue that most definitely doesn’t feel like a temporary tarpaulin. It’s decked-out to create the ultimate in Christmas cosiness, including heating that makes the blankets laid out on the plush red sofas redundant (they’re lovely to snuggle up in anyway, though), a full-on bar and – yes! – proper loos that aren’t even remotely related to the dreaded campsite bathroom experience. Food is freshly prepared on site and served at your seat in high-end incarnations of the familiar airline tray format, and both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options are available.

We attended the GPC’s big Bath reveal on the opening night (ah, Casablanca!) and tucked into Rick Stein’s prawn cocktail (get those huge, plump prawns!) followed by a creamy, dreamy Meen Kulambu (aka cod curry), served with pilau rice and warm, fresh naan bread. There was popcorn and chocolate coins awaiting our arrival, and homemade ice-cream for pud… and the whole experience was properly, utterly lovely. How fab is that? But be warned: the GPC will be breaking camp after the last screening on New Year’s Eve, and tickets for both matinees and evening screenings are selling out fast; jingle all the way to booking your snuggle-up seats today.

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