Manor House and Royalty!

Friday night we were back at Shendish Manor in Apsley, a Victorian residence set in 160 acres of parkland, for CAE’s summer ball. Having done this event for 3 years on the trot, then being unable to last year, it was a pleasure to be invited back this year! Lots of old faces that always recognise us, makes it a great event to work at. This year they opted for a three course sit down menu of Ham Hock starter, with Chicken & Leak homemade pies for mains and a trio of desserts. John’s pies are scrummy and the plates all returned empty! The theme was Circus and complete with stilted ladies, jugglers and neon hoopla girls, the evening was a great success. Busy bar, cocktail bar and disco kept them partying hard till the early hours! Hope to see them all again next year!

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A late night for us, but up early for two weddings on Saturday. My team and I went to the picturesque St. Paul’s at Waldenbury for Catherine & Neil’s reception. Their ceremony took place in the Grade I listed landscape garden, in a temple at the base of the lake, with their guests all lined around the lake to witness their vows, It was a truly magnificent sight! This is the childhood home of the Queen Mother, and looked every bit a royal setting!
Making their way back to the house for champagne and photos , my staff were kept on their toes running from the marquee to the house and back with supplies!

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A BBQ cooked by David & Rob soon filled the air with beautiful aromas, the guests were soon seated for a feast! With Lincolnshire sausages, honey, soy & chorizo chicken, lamb leg skewers with red chilli, and haloumi and vegetable kebabs, all served with sides of baby potato salad, homemade vegetable slaw and green beans, sugar snaps and rocket? Delicious!
Cup cakes for dessert followed by speeches and a great band got the evening started. A Hog roast cooked by Steve was welcomed, although I was wondering if they would have the room! Fun and laughter filled the marquee, a lovely special reception for a truly special couple, we wish them every happiness!

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