With 500 or so customers at the weekend's England v Ireland 6 Nations game, I was keen to check out Kneller Hall, which is the Leicester Tigers' hospitality facility that Smart Group are about to take over when the new RFU licenses start this autumn, and where AOK Cavendish had brokered a couple of tables on behalf of our clients.
Location-wise it's a 5 minute walk from Twickenham Stadium, and a short 15 minute stroll from Twickenham train station. Pre-match entertainment involved a panel of mostly Irish ex-players sharing a number of stories of days gone by, washed down with draft Guinness and beer. This was followed by an excellent sit down 3 course lunch accompanied by some decent white and red wine. Martin Johnson and Gordon D'Arcy gave an excellent preview of the match with a definite edge to their banter and we set off for the stadium in good cheer, ready for the game.
Whilst the first half was a bit flat with the French referee plainly showing there was some Irish in his bloodline, the second half was excellent with three tries, vocal support from both sets of fans and a great atmosphere all round. As usual the only gripes were the stupidly long queues at the bars and even longer queues for the toilets. Both of these are definitely 20th century problems. Will they ever change? After the game Kneller Hall had some delicious hot chilli and a couple more pints to make sure that the queues had shrunk a bit before departure time.
In summary I thought that Kneller Hall was a great offsite option and if you're looking for hospitality without the price tag, it’s definitely worth consideration!