A quintessentially British menu was devised by create's chefs, who worked with a winner of the Great British Menu, two star Michelin Chef Phil Howard.

This exclusive event was attended by HRH Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, who joined specially invited guests to celebrate ‘The Best of British’ in the most prestigious of settings.

Guests were greeted with an alfresco drinks reception in the Guildhall’s courtyard, where they enjoyed English sparkling wine, vodka martinis and sumptuous canapés by Create.

A quintessentially British menu was devised by Create’s chefs, who worked with the winner of the Great British Menu 2012, two star Michelin Chef Phil Howard. On the menu was a traditional roast sirloin of beef and a dessert of lemon posset with blackberries and doughnuts.

The event was hosted in support of this year’s Lord Mayor’s Appeal, where the focus is strongly geared towards the arts, particularly music. The main beneficiary is new charity the City Music Foundation which has been established to support talented musicians as they launch their professional career. The charity provides much needed mentoring, performance opportunities, publicity and financial support to emerging stars.

A musical theme was evident throughout the evening, where entertainment featured music by British swing band Over Board, with award-winning choir Tenebrae taking to the stage during dinner. Winner of the Classic Brits 2012 Best Female Artist Award, violinist, Nicola Benedetti was also on hand to entertain guests as their unforgettable British dinner drew to a close.

The meal and entertainment were followed by a lively auction hosted by Lord Dalmeny, chairman of Sotheby’s. The entire event proved a huge success, raising over £130,000 for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.