Pony Up with The National and Greenwich Polo Club

ellen bowen

Polo season has begun, and Greenwich CT is home to one of the most popular polo clubs in the country. Nestled in the beautiful backcountry of Connecticut, Greenwich Polo Club was established in 1981 and is recognized as one of the elite high-goal polo venues in the world. Known for its unmatched roster of legendary teams, professional players, and champion equine athletes. It hosted the US Open Polo Championship in 2005 and in 2013 Prince Harry chose Greenwich Polo Club to host the Sentebale Royal Salute Charity Polo Cup.

Each Sunday match beginning with the Butler Handicap on June 26th and continuing until The East Coast Open Championship on Sunday September 11th, is witnessed by more than 2000 spectators from the tri-state area including distinguished families, young entrepreneurs, artists, and well-known personalities that are all part of the international dynamic which makes Greenwich Polo Club so unique.

Tickets for the matches range from $40 for Lawn Seats (per car) to $800 for VIP eight person Cabanas.  The complete schedule and more info can be found at http://greenwichpoloclub.com/

CTbites has been invited to join the throngs for an upcoming match and lunch courtesy of The National, Geoffrey Zakarian’s popular restaurant which opened late last year on Greenwich Ave. He has teamed up with Greenwich Polo Club with a special Pop-Up next to the grandstands serving signature cocktails like The National’s “Connecticut Derby,” which is a take on a mint julep, plus other iced beverages.

Attendees can also pre-order and pick up from The National Pop-up, a special gourmet picnic box-lunch, including your choice of sandwich, cookie and house-made potato chips.

Priced at $25, choose from an array of sandwiches including:

  • Wood-Grilled Sirloin Sandwich - Stout Onions, Vinegar Cucumbers, Creamed Horseradish, Croissant
  • Smoked King Salmon Sandwich - Chive and Truffle Fromage Blanc, Oven Roasted Tomato, Pretzel Roll
  • Vegetable Muffuletta Sandwich - Calabrian Olive Salad, Provolone, Ciabatta
  • Wood Grilled Chicken Sandwich - Avocado, Apple Wood Smoked Bacon, Bleu Cheese Dressing, Baguette

and as a sweet treat your choice of one house-made cookies:

  • Chocolate Chip
  • Mudslide
  • Snickerdoodle

For more information and to pre-order lunch 72 hours in advance visit http://thenational-ct.com/greenwich-polo-club

AND, make sure you follow CTbites on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter so you can join us virtually as we “don our summer chic and floppy hats” and head to the Greenwich Polo Club grounds.