Now it’s Partyplate! Boris and Carrie’s wedding guests set to feast
Now it’s Partyplate!
Boris and Carrie Johnson’s wedding guests are to feast on African-style barbecue from a green street food truck
- Eco-BBQ sellers Smoke and Braai spotted setting up ahead of today’s fanfare
- Johnsons will toast their wedding in style at Cotswolds retreat Daylesford House
- Carrie, 34, has worked as a green activist and still advises conservation charity
- A dozen or so Tory MPs will be among the 200 guests at the catered event
- JCB founder and Tory mega-donor Lord Bamford plus wife Carole are hosting
Published: 01:14, 30 July 2022 | Updated: 10:30, 30 July 2022
Caterers from eco-friendly BBQ eatery Smoke and Braai were spotted setting up shop on the grounds at Daylesford House on Friday in advance of the fanfare.
Around 200 guests including a dozen Conservative MPs will gather at the idyllic, Gloucestershire Grade I-listed mansion for drinks from 5.30pm.
No fewer than three different food caterers were pictured setting up at the opulent retreat
Grade I-listed Daylesford House is owned by billionaire Tory donors Lord and Lady Bamford
The Bamfords stepped in to host the Johnsons’ wedding fanfare after previous plans collapsed
Grass-fed locally sourced meat will be the mainstay of the food menu in line with Mrs Johnson’s well-known commitment to green causes, The Telegraph reported.
At least three street food outlets were pictured arriving at the gorgeous countryside manor house on Friday afternoon, with helicopters heard amassing above.
Gloucestershire eco-friendly barbecue caterer Smoke and Braai supplies grass-fed meats and South African spices to party hosts
The prime minister, 58, and Carrie, 34, held a small private ceremony at a church in Westminster during Covid.
It’s thought they have been hoping to celebrate their wedding in style for some time, with a succession of political crises forcing repeated postponements.
Daylesford House is the 18th-century home of Lord Bamford, 76, the founder of construction giant JCB and one of the Conservative party’s most prolific donors.
The billionaire Bamfords, who gave GBP4million to the party in the run-up to the 2019 general election, after handing GBP100,000 to the Vote Leave campaign, stepped in to fill hosting duties after furore surrounded the Johnsons’ prior plans to hold their wedding party at Chequers.
Lady Bamford and Carrie, in particular, joined forces to orchestrate today’s proceedings, the newspaper reported.
The South African street food menu is set to include lime and mint-infused pineapple, skin-on fries, cherry wood-smoked pork with honey and mustard slaw, and Aberdeen Angus ox cheeks.
South Africa’s answer to the barbecue, a braai is typically the setting for an hours-long cookout in which all are welcome.
A giant love heart-shaped orchard was pictured in the grounds surrounding Daylesford House
A giant marquee was installed at the site earlier this week in addition to a giant love heart
Boris and Carrie had hoped to hold the party at Chequers before furore scuppered the plan
Boris and Carrie Johnson pose in the garden of No 10 after their private wedding last year
The news follows the installation earlier this week of a giant marquee at the 1,500-acre site, with a giant heart etched in the surrounding grounds.
Downing Street has refused to comment on the occasion, stating it does not discuss private events which do not involve taxpayer funds or ministerial declarations.
Johnson (left) with Lord Bamford (right), chairman of JCB, at a new JCB factory in Vadodara, Gujarat in April this year
Beyond cash handouts, the Tories have also benefited from repeated press conferences staged at JCB’s Staffordshire headquarters.
Boris Johnson made his headline-grabbing Brexit stunt at the factory as part of his general election bid in 2019.
The global digger manufacturer paid him GBP10,000 just three days before he smashed through a brick wall in a JCB digger.
Beyond politics, the Bamfords hold sway with a long list of British elites, including their friends the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.
Lady Bamford, whose precise age is unknown, sits on JCB’s board of directors and was awarded in OBE in 2006 for services to children and families.
A former air hostess, Lady Bamford OBE married Sir Anthony in 1974.
They have four children and a haul of houses around the world in addition to a prolific car collection worth tens of millions of pounds.