Bentley guests and Members of the Board of Bentley Motors descended on the world’s oldest Bentley dealership last week for an exclusive event taking in Michelin-Star plant-based delights, fine cocktails and wines, a private audience with the stunning new Bentley Batur and a sneak peek of what’s to come next from Bentley’s bespoke personalisation arm.
Presiding over events in London at Jack Barclay Bentley in Mayfair, Bentley Chairman & CEO Adrian Hallmark gave guests an overview of the new Batur – of which just 18 will be built.
While it’s a hyper-luxurious, hyper-exclusive coupe and counterpart for the Mulliner Bacalar, it’s also a manifesto for the marque’s future, previewing the next step in Bentley’s design language and employing visual themes expected to be seen on next-generation cars.
Guests of H.R. Owen Bentley were invited to gather and enjoy drinks from Bentley partners Nyetimber and The Macallan. A trio of exquisite English sparkling wines from world renowned Sussex vineyard Nyetimber included their signature Classic Cuvee, 1086 Prestige Cuvee and Vintage 1086 Rose Prestige Cuvee were served on reception, with cocktails prepared by whiskey partner The Macallan offered up to guests later in the evening.
While Bentley’s long-standing partnership with The Macallan feeds into both brands’ traditions of meticulous craftsmanship and sustainability, the evening was not without another nod to the future. Food prepared by Vegan Michelin-Star chef Alexis Gauthier included incredible plant-based canapés inspired by the menu at the chef’s world-renowned Gauthier Soho restaurant.
The food was a perfect mood-maker for the evening’s theme of sustainability, headlined by the CEO & Chairman’s remarks on the Beyond100 strategy. The future of luxury and performance will be fully-electric at Bentley, with a line-up of 100% battery-electric vehicles and total end-to-end carbon neutrality targeted by 2030.
The setting for the forward-looking evening could not have been more in tradition and steeped in brand history. Jack Barclay Bentley opened its doors in 1927 in Mayfair’s famous Berkeley Square, and Brett Garratt, General Manager, joined Adrian Hallmark in speaking and gave guests a tour through the dealership’s historic heritage.
Accompanying the food and drink, music from a live saxophonist and a DJ entertained guests.
The night was not complete without a glimpse at what comes next from Mulliner – a special commission once again in collaboration with Savile Row tailor Huntsman, using the new Bentayga Extended Wheelbase as the basis of a new and exclusive limited-run edition of the SUV. Guests were teased with images of the upcoming vehicle, while the Bentayga EWB on display for guests to discover was sold on the night.