Tailgating, The Willcox Way

Equestrian events are hungry work. Whether you’re hunting, showing, playing polo -- or just playing the role of casual spectator -- you’ll be building up an appetite and ready for a hearty tailgate before you know it.

Lucky for you, The Willcox is ready, with its complete and inspired range of gastropub fare. It’s no accident that the historic hotel is known as “the Living Room of Aiken”, and that at-home sense of comfort and goodness extends to the meals it prepares to be enjoyed remotely, be it on a playing field or in a parking lot.

Delectable Picnic and Polo Packages from The Willcox offer a simple way to take the edge right off your hunger, all in a tidy box. There’s something for everyone, with options ranging from Southern [biscuits, pasta salad, deviled eggs, and country ham] to Ploughmans [crusty baguette, wedge of cheddar, chicken liver pâté, pickles, chutney and sliced ham] to the Winter Warmer [thermos of chef’s soup, fillet of beef sandwich with Dijon mustard and arugula.]   All picnics include a bottle of water and a chocolate brownie, and 24-hour advance notice is appreciated.

If your tailgate involves a party of ten or more, The Willcox offers a tempting menu for Pick-up & Delivery. Feast on Blue Cheese and Walnut Spread on Flatbread or Spinach Artichoke Dip with Melba Toast or other fine finger foods. Or start off with the Caesar salad with Croutons, Parmesan, Bacon, and Soft Egg, and progress on to Shepherd's Pie with Carrots and Peas – or Pimento Cheese Mac and Cheese, or Meatballs with Marinara and Pasta. Platters piled high with Poached Shrimp, Cocktail Sauce, Remoulade and Lemon or Roasted Beef Tenderloin, Baguette, Mustards, and Horseradish Crème are a party in themselves. Sweeten the finish with a chef’s selection of cookies or cupcakes or brownies or even pints of house-made ice cream. Here, too, please place your order 24 hours in advance.

Have a field-full of hungry equestrians to feed? Then consider booking The Willcox Food Truck. Aiken’s first mobile gastropub will bring the feast to you, wherever you are. From Fried Chicken Biscuits with Sausage Gravy and Cheddar to New York Strip Steak to Spicy Fish Burritos with Tomato Lime Salsa and Sour Cream, the Willcox Food Truck is a completely functional gourmet kitchen-on-wheels, the best [and most fun] way to satisfy a crowd.  

Why not bring everyone over to The Willcox for the hunt breakfast? The Aiken Standard granted it “Best Brunch,” after all. In one of its handsome private dining rooms, an expansive buffet of hearty Bubble-and-Squeak, delicate Eggs Benedict, and piles of smoked bacon and cheesy grits will warm and restore the party after a strenuous morning’s chase.   To make arrangements for The Willcox Food Truck, Catering, or Private Dining, please call The Willcox at 803.648.1898.

Tally ho! and Bon Appétit!

The Willcox                                       

100 Colleton Avenue 

Southwest Aiken, SC 29801