Hotel Aristide in Syros Introduces Weekly Long Table Feasts For Guests

The nine suite Hotel Aristide on the island of Syros in Greece is launching new weekly communal long table feasts, showcasing modern Cycladic cuisine, on the verandah of one of the oldest and grandest neo-classical estates in Syros, which is not normally open to the public. This follows the success of the weekly picnic lunches, which the hotel launched last year. Hosted by the hotel’s head chef and sommelier Petros Braikidis, the gourmet feast takes place at lunch and is open to up to 14 diners, including outside guests.

The estate, which exudes faded glamour, is in the village of Episkopio in the centre of the island, an eight minute drive or half an hour walk from Hotel Aristide in Hermoupolis. Guests can take a pre-lunch walk though the orange groves, palm trees and cypresses which surround the house. They are then seated on the verandah at a long table dressed with wild flowers.

Chef Petros serves ten to twelve courses using locally sourced vegetables and fruit to create a modern Greek menu, inspired by Cycladic recipes. The menu includes aubergine and red pepper mousse; parsley salad; beetroot, yoghurt, walnut, parsley and green apple salad; cauliflower with yoghurt and tahini; roast potatoes, semi-dried tomato, lettuce, kalamata olives and organic eggs. On the BBQ, Petros will cook pork belly, Syros sausage and organic black Angus from Larissa. This will be followed up with a pudding of halva, semolina, almond and raison. The dishes will be served with local Syros wines and local beer.

Hotel Aristide is a restored neoclassical mansion in the historical centre of Hermoupolis, just a few minutes’ walk from one of the city’s beaches and an easy stroll into the central square, waterfront tavernas and a short drive to the regenerated warehouse quarter. The hotel has nine individually designed suites with generous proportions and original architectural details. The suites have been designed with a focus on contemporary furnishings and lighting, and sustainability, and three of the suites have their own plunge pools. Original contemporary art works hang throughout the property.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served either in the pretty courtyard garden or on the rooftop with uninterrupted views over the Aegean Sea.

Syros remains an authentic, year-round island with a small university, galleries, cocktail bars and thriving cultural calendar including art, jazz and film festivals. Part of the Cycladic Islands, Syros is just 30 minutes ferry ride from Mykonos or a two-hour ferry from Athens.

A stay at Hotel Aristide costs from Euros 308 per room per night with breakfast. The price for the lunch, which takes place every Thursday during the season, starts from Euros 120 per person for a maximum of 14 people and includes all food, wine and beer and transfers.

www.hotelaristide.com.