Hog Roast Virginia Water
Virginia Water takes its name from what was originally a stream back in the 17th century. That little stream is now a man-made lake which became so large that in World War II it had to be drained so its distinctive shape would not guide enemy aircraft searching for nearby military outposts. In the 1700s what was then a little stream was dug out into a great lake under the order of the Park Ranger at the time, the duke of Cumberland. After a flood which broke its borders in the late 1700s, 1780 saw a much larger lake built from the original by architects Thomas and Paul Sandby, who also added a waterfall which is still admired today.
The lake recently gained a little stint on the big screen as the lakeside used in the Harry Potter films. The striking, mysterious lake does have something a little magical about it, not unlike the village which takes its name. Unlike Harry Potter though, it is not the lake which has brought us to Virginia Water. We are here to supply a hog roasting machine and catering at one of the village's care homes. It is a crisp but sunny September day when we set up in the garden of one of Virginia Water's care homes; the residents are celebrating nothing in particular, but any reason for a good-knees up, one of the ladies tells me, and they're up for it. The home and garden is alive with the sound of relatives and grandchildren giggling and chatting together. Our spitted hog roast Virginia Water meat, full and gently turning on one of our bespoke machines, is the talk of the party.