To celebrate the start of European Summer, The Thinking Traveller, voted Best Villa Rental Company three times in the UK CondΓ© Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards, co-hosted an intimate tastemakers lunch with Marie-Claude Mallat at her beautiful MCMPR headquarters in Darlington.

Guests, who included Simone Zimmermann, Heidi Middleton, Romy Frydman, Marnie Skillings, Paula Joye, Dee Bates, Cindy Saigon and Maree Andrews, sipped Grey Goose cocktails on arrival and enjoyed a Mediterranean-inspired lunch of king prawns with parsley, lemon, garlic,
zucchini and shaved radish, salad of burrata, persimmon and tomatoes with fennel pollen and enjoyed with Sicilian wines by Planeta.

Dessert was a rhubarb and blood orange torta with vanilla mascarpone.

Guest were overheard discussing how to get their hands on the ceramic plates made in Puglia by Alex and Trahanas and hot new destinations to holiday with the Thinking Traveller including the Ionian Islands and Corsica.