The evening started at 7pm with a champagne reception. Half an hour later, everyone took their seats and enjoyed a welcome from Tom Leeming, the OBREMS Chairman.
Then the meal started with confit of loch duart salmon, pickled mouli and cucumber, horseradish cream and sakura cress or roasted Mediterranean vegetable tartlet with goats cheese and herb salad. And then finished...for a bit, whilst the Dinner Speaker took to the floor. This year OBREMS had invited Oxford Brookes alumni, Ben Hunt-Davis to speak. Ben is an alumni of the Planning Department at Oxford Brookes and also won Olympic Gold in 2000 in the coxed 8's. And yes, he did bring his medal with him.
The main course followed the speech: slow braised shoulder of lamb and roasted lamb rump steak with smokey mash, spinach and confit garlic thyme jus (which means gravy to some) or roast butternut squash, pea risotto with poached eggs and herb sauce. The meal was rounded off with chilled chocolate marquise with pistachio ice cream. Wine flowed throughout the meal with coffee with chocolate mints to round things off.
This year, alumni from as far back as 1975 attended the dinner - back in the days when Oxford Brookes University was Oxford Polytechnic. There was a family theme too: Richard Goode, who graduated in 1975 was accompanied by his son Alex Goode (see photos below) who graduated in 2012!
|The Grand Connaught Rooms|
|The Jamaican Bar table - alumni from 2008|
|The Brookes Real Estate Staff Table|
|Joe Tah (Head of Dept) shares a joke with Miles Keeping|
|A wide range of alumni were there...graduating from 1975|
|Senior Lecturer Viv Spurge with alumnus Ali Larner|
|Laura Salisbury-Jones, who graduated from the MSc in 2010 with Alex Goode. Alex is an alumnus from 2012, his father, Richard Goode also attended the dinner - is an alumnus from 1975!|
|Joe Tah, Head of Department with Tom Leeming, Chairman of OBREMS|
|Alumnus Andrew Eve (left) enjoyed the evening|
The evening at The Connaught Rooms finished at 11.30pm, just as the 'after party' was starting at the Sway Bar. Sadly, no photos from events at the Sway Bar!