ABOUT NTH DEGREE CLUB
At the heart of The Nth Degree Club lies a diverse calendar of events in the top venues around the world. These include tastings, drinks soirees, annual sporting events aswell as the The Nth Degree Club’s signature concept; The Private Dining Experience.
The Nth Degree Book is a luxury lifestyle publication produced exclusively for partners. Featuring the world’s leading private dining room guide alongside luxury lifestyle features, the book has featured interviews with world famous chefs on the cover including Heston Blumenthal, Clare Smyth MBE and the Roux family.
The Nth Degree Club is based in London and other prestigious locations around the world with an exclusive membership network of successful, influential and like-minded individuals and corporate companies.
The Nth Degree Club is the brainchild of Robert Walton MBE. Robert is a recognised and respected figure in the hospitality industry and is President of the Restaurant Association of Great Britain. Having trained as a West-End chef himself, he has used his unique hands-on experienceand insider knowledge to create The Nth Degree Club. Using his database of business of Michelin star chefs and social contacts Robert has created an invaluable network of high achievers with a passion for business, building relationships and exquisite fine dining experiences.
Robert Walton MBE is a recognised and respected figure in the hospitality industry and is President of the Restaurant Association of Great Britain plus a GREAT Ambassador.
Nth Degree Club was founded by Robert Walton MBE in 2013 with a view to connecting partners through the joy off dining. Since then, Nth Degree Club has celebrated with exclusive events in prestigious locations across London including Hide, Sushi Samba, Core by Clare Smyth MBE, City Social, La Dame De Pic and Quaglino’s.
Nth Degree Club’s influence has stretched around the globe to include experiences in the Cayman Islands, Monaco Grand Prix, Cut by Wolfgang Puck in Las Vegas and Thomas Keller’s 25thanniversary of The French Laundry in California.
In December 2019, Nth Degree Global celebrated their 200th Private Dining Event with a spectacular Christmas party at Claridge’s to mark the historic occasion where they also launched the 7th edition of the Nth Degree Book.
After a break due to the pandemic, Nth Degree Club returned to the London restaurant scene with renewed vigour. Members in recent years have enjoyed private events at Royal Ascot, Orasay in Notting Hill, Adam Handling’s restaurant Frog in Covent Garden plus many more.
In December 2023, Nth Degree Global celebrated their 204th Private Dining Event with a spectacular Christmas party at Jeru Mayfair London.
ABOUT ROBERT WALTON MBE
Robert Walton MBE’s Early Career
Hospitality is in Robert’s blood, having been brought up in a pub in Berkshire. However, it was Robert’s love of people that led him to a career in hospitality as his first job was working in a London restaurant as a trainee manager.
Shortly afterwards, he enrolled at Ealing College under Victor Ceserani to study cooking and hospitality which was when he went into the kitchen for the first time. Robert’s passion for food was ignited and after working in The Savoy in London, he moved to Bedford for a role as a Sous Chef when he was just 19 years old. After a stint there, he moved again to a restaurant in
Scotland where he continued his hospitality journey by working to manage the kitchen aged just 21. After a successful time in Scotland, Robert returned to London as the chef in a restaurant beneath a casino where he started to build an incredible network of influential people.
Robert Walton MBE’s Entrepreneurial Career Robert’s stellar contact book laid the foundations for his very first restaurant when he was 24 years old. Named Petit Village in Caversham, he served dinner to celebrities including George Melley, Sheena Easton and David Jacobs. His next establishment was Pinscent Manor in Reading, an ambitious nine bedroom hotel with tennis courts and a swimming pool which he opened at age 27.
Robert converted Pinscent Manor into a restaurant which attracted celebrity customers including Frank Bruno, Sheila Ferguson and Barbara Woodhouse.
It was when Robert was 33 years old that he purchased Trunkwell House in Reading, the beautiful Victorian venue in 34 acres of countryside. This venture was the busiest wedding venue in Berkshire with two marquees permanently set up in the grounds and 8,000 people through the doors on average over the Christmas period enjoying fresh food.
Industry Recognition Robert joined the Restaurant Association in 1992 where he met incredible chefs, friends and mentors including Richard Shepherd and Brian Turner CBE.
He was appointed Vice Chairman and Chairman before finally becoming the President of the Restaurant Association in 2008. Robert is now the longest serving President of the organisation.
In 2007, Robert received an MBE in the Queen’s New Year honours list for services to the hospitality industry. He attended the ceremony with his two children and shared the day with fellow celebrities including Kylie Minogue and Jo Malone, who received an OBE and MBE respectively.
Robert married fashion entrepreneur Donna Ida in 2010 at a lavish wedding at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. After meeting on the shop floor of Donna’s eponymous boutique, the occasion included helicopters, a Phantom Rolls Royce, a cake from The Ritz and a whole room dedicated to desserts. The couple now live with their three chihuahuas in Pangbourne.
Lockdown in the UK also led to Robert heading back into the kitchen to cook up delicious dishes on Instagram every day. Named ‘Dazzler Does’ and filmed by his wife, Donna Ida Thornton, the videos showcase healthy eating and are a hilarious insight into cooking at home.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, Robert launched Restaurant Live to offer advice and leadership to the next generation by encouraging them to apply for the Young Chef Young Waiter competition. The relaxed 30 minute chat held on Instagram Live has included hospitality leaders including Thomas Keller, Jason Atherton, Clare Smyth MBE, John Williams MBE, Theo Randall, Tom Aikens, Adam Handling, Ching He Huang and Jodie Kidd.
Robert and his wife ‘Jean Queen’ denim designer Donna Ida Thornton are the new owners of Langdon Court which they purchased in 2021. It is a stunning 16th century Grade II listed Jacobean Manor House Hotel in Wembury, South Devon. Robert and Donna’s combined skills will sensitively repair and restore Langdon to its former glory with a view to reopening the venue in September 2023.