Sporting star and rugby legend Steve Thompson MBE has been announced as the host of an exclusive event being staged at The Old Crown Coaching Inn.

Tickets are now available for the rugby dinner which will include a lavish six course dining experience where the guest speaker will be the renowned hooker from England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup-winning team.

Award-winning author Steve will share his compelling inspirational story at the intimate evening, being staged at the luxury boutique hotel based in Faringdon, Oxfordshire, on Wednesday, 6th September.

At the charity dinner Steve will share insights into the journey of becoming a world-class athlete, his experiences, and challenges, including his fight against early-onset dementia and efforts to promote safety in the game for generations to come.

Discerning diners attending the evening event will enjoy six courses of culinary creations with £10 from each ticket purchased being donated to the HeadOn Foundation, the charity founded by the famous sportsman.

Steve Thompson said: “I am delighted the Old Crown Coaching Inn is hosting this exclusive event and it is fantastic that so much money will be raised for the HeadOn Foundation.”

Guests attending the event at The Old Crown Coaching Inn, which has recently been awarded two AA Rosettes for culinary excellence, will be treated to an exquisite fine dining experience curated by renowned Head Chef Samuel Squires with tickets selling at £80 per person.

Hotel Manager Sebastiaan Evans said: “We are thrilled the Old Crown Coaching Inn is able to host this prestigious rugby dinner with guest of honour Steve Thompson who is such an iconic sporting legend.

“An evening with Steve coupled with the incredible, unique, fine-dining experience we will be giving guests makes this an unmissable experience. We are proud to be able to support Steve’s charity HeadOn as part of this exclusive event and the bespoke menu, created especially for the occasion, will delight diners.”

Head Chef Samuel Squires, who specialises in serving modern gastronomy offering guests exquisite fine dining in the hotel’s elegant, stylish setting, has created a special menu for the rugby dinner, which will feature decadent dishes including black treacle chicken, lobster, venison loin and delicious desserts.

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