The forced ejection of a tracksuit intruder as Queen Elizabeth hosted a staff Christmas lunch at the Goring (December 6, 2016) was merely a warm-up act for the show which later greeted onlookers , when the hotel’s general manager escorted Her Majesty down her marble steps and waved her off in his Bentley.
David Morgan-Hewitt, as much an institution as the hotel itself, has become, thanks to his beautifully tailored suit, signature blue gingham shirt and obvious flamboyance, headline news – even stealing the limelight from his illustrious guest, who, dressed in pretty pink, looked tiny next to him. Those familiar with The Goring will be surprised neither by the striking individuality of its general manager nor by its choice by the late Queen as a venue for entertainment. Indeed, eccentricity and humor mixed with Britishness, tradition and a love of the monarchy are the most distinct characteristics of this splendid hotel.
Awarded a Royal Warrant for its hospitality services in 2013, the only hotel to be so honoured, The Goring is a short walk from Buckingham Palace and has been a royal favorite since it opened in 1910. The Coronations of George VI and our queen saw the hotel filled with royalty from around the world. The former Queen Mother was also very fond of Eggs Drumkilbo – a lobster and egg dish which remains one of The Dining Room’s most popular dishes.