Archive for October, 2016
Another great Saturday ticked off in the Kingfisher dairy. The weddings just keep coming this year, with some great Autumnal days proving that you can’t predict the English weather!
Dan & Myself looked after Rob & Rachel who had their reception in Alexander Park School in Muswell Hill. All arriving in their beloved MG’s it looked like a car show was about to take place as they all drove up! Drinks reception followed by a 3 course delicious dinner of Aberdeen Smoked Salmon, Celeriac Remoulade, Soda Bread, watercress, caper & radish salad, orange dressing; followed by Rump of Lamb, Pistachios, mint dauphinoise, warm salad of savoy, peas, and baby carrots, lamb jus; Completed with a trio of desserts of snickers chocolate brownie & clotted cream; sticky toffee pudding & caramel sauce; Lemon & raspberry mousse & ginger bread. Every morsel was eaten and judging by the concentration on everyones faces whilst it was prepared I’m not surprised it looked fantastic!
Ian and John were at High Elms in Watford for Leo & Amber’s celebration. Canapés and welcome drinks were served in the late autumn sunshine. For their wedding breakfast they had chosen homemade pies with an assortment of fillings including chicken, beef and vegetables. All served with mash potato and winter vegetables and lashings of gravy, a truly autumnal menu. After a trio of desserts and lots of speeches and dancing a picnic spread was laid out by the team, signature sandwiches and cheese boards rounded of the feast. Another great day had by all.
Saturday saw us at the beautiful Walkern Hall for Will & Sasha’s wedding reception. Dressed in 1920’s style, complete with feathers and black and white chequered dance floor, the marquee looked stunning and ready for a party. And what a party it was!
The guests arrived to Prosecco and canapés in the gardens, followed by a delicious 3 course meal in the marquee. Ham Hock terrine, mini cheese scones, sage butter & candied apple puree for starters, followed by Rump of Lamb cooked medium rare, mint dauphinoise, honey roasted root vegetables & Lamb jus. For dessert the had a trio, consisting of Bakewell tart, rhubarb & custard, snickers chocolate brownie, clotted cream and Lemon & Raspberry mousse with gingerbread.
Being lamb farmers themselves, John sourced 40kg of the very best Dorset Crown Lamb from Goddens the Butchers, one of our main suppliers. The chefs cooked it to a perfect medium rare and it smelt delicious! All the guests commented on how great it tasted. After the meal the Father of the Groom came into the catering tent to personally thank John and to tell him that the main lamb supplier from Smithfield’s was a guest, remarkably he had actually supplied the lamb to Goddens the day before!
After speeches and cake cutting the band got the crowd rocking and with no less than 2 bars the Kingfisher staff had their work cut out. Mark fixed gin cocktail after gin cocktail at the gin bar and the main bar was 6 deep for most of the evening! They partied hard and soon tucked into fish & chip cones, mini burgers and chips and noodle boxes. A great party with a lovely family and their friends, Will & Sasha said at the end they had had the best day ever, more than they could of ever dreamt of! Not sure where that Bagpiper came from!
Saturday saw us back at the beautiful Lodge Farm for their last wedding of 2016. It was Bess & Josh’s big day, complete with their blessing in the secret garden.Bess’s dream was getting married amongst wild flowers in a Disney themed setting, so we dodged the rain showers and made it a truly magical day for them.
After the ceremony they drank Peach Bellini’s and ate fish and chip canapés. Their main meal was méze sharing boards complete with Cheese & biscuits, pate, spiced cous cous and manchego croquettes. Sides of rocket leaf salad, anti pasti vegetables, sun blushed tomatoes, olives, baby mozzarella and roasted peppers completed the spread. The roaring fire kept everyone warm whilst a Halloween themed cake and photo booth props kept the magical theme running into the Tipi. Doughnuts and dancing to a great DJ kept everyone warm in the October chilly evening. Great day once again with lovely clients!
On Sunday we turned the Tipi into a showcase for 2017. Twenty couples who are having their reception at Lodge Farm in 2017 came to meet and visit us. We served mini sliders of burgers and fish and chips and lots of canapés cooked by John. It was lovely to meet all these prospective clients and we look forward to working with them all in 2017!
Those Summer Nights; a look back at the 2016 Wedding Season
With the first sip of wedding season Champagne now many a celebratory weekend ago, it’s been a beautifully busy summer at Lodge Farm House.
Toasts aplenty, we’ve welcomed no less than nine happy couples and their guests, with each big day seeing the Farm transformed. From classic summer celebrations to Moroccan teepees, crisp white quintessentially British marquees to botanical extravaganzas, our views over the rolling Hertfordshire countryside have provided the perfect blank canvas.
Our favourite sights of the season? Brides, blooms in hand, taking their first steps down the Farm’s traditional wooden staircase, pastel bunting blowing in the breeze, the lawn lit by candlelight, our Secret Garden adorned with bunches of wild flowers for an August afternoon blessing, the tallest cake we’ve seen to date making its way from catering truck to top table, yards of fabric turned into breathtaking marquee entrance and dancing figures against the setting sun.
Amongst all of this celebration, we even found the time to launch our new bar, the aptly named, Tipsy Pony (playing homage to our four-legged field residents, now unperturbed by post speech roars of laughter and guests dancing into the night). The transformed trailer sits beautifully in our rural surroundings, and has proved quite the attraction – although perhaps this is due to its (alcoholic) contents!
And for every wedding celebration, come rain, wind and scorching September shine, we’ve seen platefuls of delicious dining leaving our kitchen in the expert hands of Kingfisher Event Caterers; a five tier cheese cake with homemade biscuits, breads and chutneys, warm salads of chorizo, green beans, butternut squash and baby spinach, twice baked soufflés with figs, herbs and parmesan cream, fish and chips served alongside Beckett’s London Dry Gin and traditional meats with all the trimmings to name a few.
And so, as the Farm sits peacefully in the same tranquil surroundings we fell for years ago, we look forward to the weddings of 2017. In just a few weeks, we’ll be exclusively welcoming those couples with dates set to our Open Day, where they can glimpse into the possibilities that our idyllic venue offers. (Look out for more details.) And between now and then? Well, you may just find us by the Tipsy Pony.
Its been a busy couple of weeks at HQ, no JV as he’s been looking after baby Jack, so Dan has taken up the helm again!
Last weekend we looked after Lucas & Sophia at Hastoe Village Hall for their Afternoon Tea style wedding. Complete with wild flowers and green chair covers the hall transformed itself into the perfect picnic scene. Whose that with the thumbs up at the back?!!
This weekend we had a team back at Hastoe Hall serving evening food of bacon baps and running the bar, Mark was in his element! We also ran the bar at Sandridgebury for Kat & James’s wedding, complete with a Ferris wheel, street food van and a Moroccan themed marquee, the day was a great success. The guests partied the night away and ran us of our feet! Great fun day!