Members of The Saturday Club are spending longer hours at their second home, thanks to the two new additions –– a Flurys outlet and a Ballantine’s Lounge.
“Earlier we just had the club bakery where we only got breads and buns. Now we have a range of sweet delicacies. Members can also place orders for birthday parties here,” said Durri Bhalla, convener of the club’s catering committee.
While kids are making a beeline for the patisserie, keeping their parents busy is the sports bar. “I am very happy that there is a Flurys here. I just cannot get enough of their chocolate pastries and muffins,” smiled 13-year-old Karmishta, daughter of Sharad Dewan of The Park Hotels.
If the daughter loves Flurys, the bar is already a hit with the dad. “I have visited the club thrice in the last two weeks. This just shows how happy I am about the new bar. The ambience has improved a lot,” said Sharad.
The new bar in question? The Ballantine’s Lounge. “The idea of making use of this unused corner (bordering the lawn) with the bar has been highly appreciated. It gives people a chance to relax in the lawn area with their drinks,” said Soumitra Ghosh, convener of the bar committee.
Bhalla, for one, loves digging into the Lounge’s Fish Tandoori and Seekh Kebab.
But what sets it apart from the other three bars at the club (Light Horse Bar, The Antiquity Bar and Wills Lounge)? “It’s more chilled out. We have two television sets, allowing people to laze around in the bar a little longer than usual,” said Ghosh.
Name: Rashmi Somani
Member of: The Bengal
Rowing Club (BRC).
Passionate about: Darts. She is an integral part of the Ladies’ Singles team
Rank: # 3 in India.
High point: Sportsperson of The BRC Gloster Inter-Club Sports Carnival 2012.
Currently pursuing: Masters in economics from Calcutta University.
First shot: “I was mainly into tennis when I became a member of the club. I gradually took an interest in darts and loved it. It doesn’t demand any extra time or effort. I mean, I didn’t have to miss classes. That turned out to be an advantage,” says the former La Martiniere for Girls student.
Why darts: “All you need is a dartboard! Whenever we meet at the club, we ask kids to join us and take a shot. It is pretty easy”.
Away from darts: She plays tennis and badminton.
Crazy about: Shah Rukh Khan.
Clubspeak: “A club member who is a national-level player provides quite a boost. At the club we have a good mix of both national and international-level players. Having them at the club raises the bar and pushes everyone to put in their best. One doesn’t wish to be ordinary here,” says Vikram Baid,
co-chairman, sports committee, The Bengal Rowing Club.