Grand Hotel Europe Sets World Record With 130m Caviar Toast

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, May 12/PRNewswire/ — At 7pm local time (4pm in the UK), the Grand Hotel Europe today celebrated its 130th anniversary by creating a world record for the longest caviar toast, at 130 metres.

The world record attempt was carried out in accordance with the rules laid down for a record attempt and certified by Levsha, the Russian Club of Records, and will be submitted to the Guinness Book of Records for inclusion in its 2005 publication.

76 kilos of Red Caviar was prepared on 130 metres of toast by 130 chefs under the direction of executive chef Dominique Ferchaud and served to 600 guests enjoying the spring sunshine at the beginning of the season of White Nights in St Petersburg.

The certificate presented to general manager Thomas Noll says “For the first time both in the history of Russian and World records, the hotel prepared and served 130 metres of toast and red caviar on the day of its 130th anniversary celebrations.”

Acquired by Orient-Express Hotels Ltd in February 2005, the Grand Hotel Europe is an historical landmark dating from 1824. The building’s magnificent baroque facade was designed by the Italian architect Rossi. The hotel is in the heart of St. Petersburg, across from the Shostakovich Philharmonic, next to the Russian Museum and the Moussorgsky opera and ballet theatre and within walking distance of the Hermitage Museum and the Winter Palace Square. The hotel’s 301 rooms include 89 suites, 17 of which have terraces overlooking the Russian Museum in Arts Square. It has seven restaurants and bars that include the art nouveau splendour of L’Europe, serving French and European specialities beneath an original stained glass ceiling.

Orient-Express Hotels, Trains and Cruises ( is a hotel and leisure company providing luxury travel experiences for discerning travellers in areas of outstanding cultural, historic or recreational interest. Founded in 1976 when the company acquired Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Orient-Express owns or has investments in 49 businesses: 38 highly individual hotels, three restaurants, six tourist trains and two river cruise operations, located in 22 countries worldwide.

The company believes that discerning travellers will choose a famous individual property in preference to a chain brand, so none of its businesses is called Orient-Express except the fabled Venice Simplon-Orient-Express luxury train which operates through Europe, linking London, Paris and Venice. Orient-Express chooses to own or part-own its businesses, believing equity returns are greater than management fee income alone and continues to seek out unique properties with expansion potential and introduce new experiences, restoring romance, glamour and style to international travel.

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