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Escape to a world of tranquil luxury at this three-day culinary retreat

Glenburn Tea Estate and Gormei have crafted a story-rich gastronomic experience set amidst the picturesque hills of Darjeeling

Karo Christine Kumar | Published 05.08.23, 06:18 PM
Breakfast at Glenburn Tea Estate – a tea planter’s bungalow converted into a luxury boutique hotel

Breakfast at Glenburn Tea Estate – a tea planter’s bungalow converted into a luxury boutique hotel

Glenburn Hospitality

Let September slumber, undisturbed.From September 8-10, the Glenburn Tea Estate, nestled amidst the picturesque hills of Darjeeling, will play host to a three-day culinary retreat in collaboration with Gormei.

Nestled in the lap of nature, embracing the timeless allure of a tea planter’s bungalow, feasting on a seven-course meal complemented by gin-infused cocktails, grilling fresh mountain trout during a riverside barbecue, revelling in an invigorating nature trail and experiencing the quintessential high-tea with homemade treats, September promises an escape to a world of tranquil luxury.

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The three-day culinary retreat at Glenburn is in collaboration with Gormei

The three-day culinary retreat at Glenburn is in collaboration with Gormei

Karo Christine Kumar

Among the eight suites at Glenburn Tea Estate, seven have been reserved for the guests participating in this culinary retreat. “We’re crafting a very exclusive experience for a select number of guests, and we’re having a lot of fun putting it together. A traditional local meal, a lavish seven-course dinner and a barbecue await guests,” said Husna-Tara Prakash, the driving force behind Glenburn Hospitality. The package will include airport/station transfers, stay, all meals and experiences.

Stay at one of Glenburn’s eight suites

Stay at one of Glenburn’s eight suites

Karo Christine Kumar

Gormei and Glenburn Hospitality have joined hands to create three gastronomic experiences. “Gormei’s endeavour is to create story-rich gastronomic experiences for three days and nights, together with the gracious hospitality and sublime views that Glenburn Tea Estate is famous for,” said Argha Sen of Gormei, a platform that curates experiences in partnership with chefs and restaurants.

A story-rich culinary itinerary 

‘Our culinary journey will be ingredient-driven, and we will scout the markets for seasonal treasures,’ shared chef Shaun Kenworthy, the mastermind behind the feast

‘Our culinary journey will be ingredient-driven, and we will scout the markets for seasonal treasures,’ shared chef Shaun Kenworthy, the mastermind behind the feast

Glenburn Hospitality

Day One: The local dinner will tell the story of the hills. Expect a combination of Nepali, Bhutanese and Tibetan influences, using local ingredients foraged from the forests nearby. “Our focus has always been the community and this gives us an opportunity to celebrate the Nepali cuisine rich with ingredients and dishes like fern prawns, pumpkin tendrils, pickled and fermented vegetables,” said Husna-Tara.

A local Nepali dinner is part of the estate’s focus on celebrating the community

A local Nepali dinner is part of the estate’s focus on celebrating the community

Karo Christine Kumar

Day Two: The Riverside BBQ lunch will take an Anglo Indian and English-Scottish route “as a homage to the founders and origin of the Darjeeling tea plantations and its history.” It will be curated at the estate’s charming camping lodge, nestled alongside the meandering Rangeet river, where fresh mountain trout, meat and vegetables will be grilled over an open fire. For dinner, the Chinese connection will bring in roasts and bakes, rice and noodles, crackling pork and tea-smoked duck.

The campsite by the river Rangeet

The campsite by the river Rangeet

Karo Christine Kumar

Day Three: The dinner will tell the story of Bengal and its global influences from British to Danish, in a seven-course degustation format. There will be Bengal-inspired dishes presented in contemporary global style, accompanied by a selection of drinks and cocktails. Chef Shaun Kenworthy is the mastermind behind this feast with an unwavering dedication to ‘go-local’. “Our culinary journey will be ingredient-driven, and we will scout the markets for seasonal treasures,” shared the chef. Another main ingredient are the stories. “There are so many stories to tell from the region and what better occasion than a sit-down dinner to revel in the glory of the past?” shared the chef.

The dining room at Glenburn Tea Estate

The dining room at Glenburn Tea Estate

Karo Christine Kumar

Indeed, reason enough to raise a cup of the finest Darjeeling tea and embark on this journey!

Contact +917044800150 for reservations.

Last updated on 05.08.23, 06:19 PM
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