Sea shanties, buttered rum and toasted marshmallows on the seaside: away from the tense negotiations at this weekend’s G7 summit, Boris Johnson is hoping to offer the assembled leaders a taste of Cornwall at its laid-back finest.
Emmanuel Macron hosted the 2019 G7 summit in Biarritz, however Johnson’s workforce imagine the dramatic Cornish surroundings can match the glitzy riviera resort – though not essentially the balmy sunshine of the south of France.
Leaders are anticipated to be greeted on the seaside at Carbis bay close to St Ives on Friday by the prime minister and his new spouse – the pair married on 29 May. They had been pictured overlooking the sea on Thursday alongside Joe Biden and his spouse, Jill. Biden later joked that each males had married “above our stations”.
Friday night can be a comparatively formal affair: the G7 leaders will attend a reception with the Prince of Wales and worldwide enterprise leaders at the Eden Mission to debate his “sustainable markets initiative”.
The leaders and their spouses will then meet the Queen at a reception, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge additionally current.
The lately bereaved monarch will then go away, and the leaders will stay at the Eden Mission, with its huge glass biomes and indoor rainforest, for a dinner cooked by Emily Scott of the Watergate Bay Resort.
They’re anticipated to eat spiced melon gazpacho with coconut, roasted Cornish turbot caught off Newquay – at which Johnson could have to withstand a Brexit reference – a variety of Cornish cheeses, a strawberry pavlova and petits fours that includes clotted cream fudge.
On Saturday evening, the G7 leaders will skirt Covid guidelines about indoor gatherings by taking to the seaside for a casual barbecue – although not like most seaside cook-ups it should characteristic a fly-past by the Pink Arrows.
Quantity 10 mentioned catering can be by Simon Stallard of the Hidden Hut, a preferred meals kiosk on Porthcurnick seaside. The menu will characteristic canapes together with scallops, crab claws and mackerel, a predominant course of seared and smoked sirloin with lobster, and a dessert of “seaside hut sundae”.
They may then be seated round firepits, and served buttered rum and toasted marshmallows. They are going to be serenaded by the Du Hag Owr shantymen from the Roseland peninsula – sea shanties being fashionable on this half of the world lengthy earlier than the lockdown craze introduced them to the consideration of a a lot wider viewers.
All through the weekend, the G7 spouses together with Carrie Johnson will participate in a separate itinerary of visits and occasions.
At Biarritz, Johnson challenged the British ambassador to Paris, his fellow Outdated Etonian Ed Llewellyn, to a swim round a rock simply offshore. However this specific seaside get together seems unlikely to finish up with a dip.