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Food Lovers!

Last Saturday we catered for the lovely Ellie & Mel at Creslow Manor, it was a big ask as they wanted something different and are both great ‘foodies’, so this was one for the kitchen to get right! Not that they don’t always!
Arrival drinks and canapes were served in the grounds of Quails Egg Benedict, and Parmesan Shortbread, Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade, and Confit Lamb Shouder Croquette, Sticky red onion jam.

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We suggested having twice baked goats cheese souffle, as a starter, this is served with figs, honeyed pecan and pink lady salad, parmesan cream. 115 souffles all cooked to perfection left the kitchen and empty plates returned!
For main course we suggested the different element would be to get a guest from each tabe to come to kitchen complete with apron and chefs hat to collect a sirlion of beef on a wooden board for them to serve. This went down so well, they posed, laughed and even carved well!
This was served with sides of roasted field mushrooms, hand cut chips, roasted butternut, red onions, crumbled feta and roasted courgettes, broccoli, lemon and oregano butter with toasted almonds.

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Great fun had by everyone involved. Today we received this lovely email from Ellie & Mal, its great to know we made every vision they had for their day come true! not to mention feeding them a meal that they will never forget! Well Done Team!

We wanted to send you an email to thank you so much for making our wedding reception so wonderful on Saturday. From rescuing the tablecloth situation to your calm under pressure, you and your team were the ultimate professionals, and we are so grateful.

The food was, without exception, spectacular, and every single guest commented on it to us. We love that it was different to the sort of wedding food that people normally experience – soufflé for 120 people really is quite something! The quality of the ingredients that you used was evident, especially in the roast beef which was cooked to perfection.

I don’t know what was in the lamb canapé, but at one point I discovered a black market of trading going on amongst the guests for the remaining ones…..you could trade one for up to a whole glass of champagne! People are still talking about them on Facebook!

As well as this, the team you brought with you really added to our enjoyment of the day. Laura did an utterly magnificent job managing the timings and checking things with us without stressing us out – her calmness, kindness and professional manner were amazing. She even managed to find time to make sure I felt ok and was being looked after.

All the waiting staff, in particular the lovely man who waited on top table, were so friendly and enthusiastic about the food, which really added to the occasion. They really seemed to care and take time over their work, and we can’t praise them enough.

Please pass on our thanks to all concerned. We feel so lucky to have found Kingfisher and will be recommending you to everyone – although your food and service speaks for itself for anyone that was at our wedding.

Thank you, a million times, for making two food-lovers very happy

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Weren’t they lucky!

Our lovely couples on Saturday! Rain and storms Friday dampened the set ups and today washed out the clear up, but Saturday the sun shone all day with not a spot of rain! Someone was watching over them, they were all so delightful that they deserved the perfect day!

MJ & I went to Sandridgebury Farm for Kathryn & Chris’s reception. The marquee looked stunning with so many flower arrangements that her Mum and friend had made, with potted herbs as favours it looked and smelt fantastic!

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They arrived to chilled glasses of Prosecco and afternoon tea canapés shortly followed by their Lady Toast Master, Joyce Goodwin expertly setting up their receiving line, she politely told them that everyone will want to stand and chat for ages, but we have a feast to eat! So shake hands and pass them along the line, like passing a rugby ball! Couldn’t of said it better myself! Delightful lady, was a pleasure to work alongside her.

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They had a traditional three course wedding breakfast with a choice of Chicken Liver Pate, Spiced Red Onion Chutney, Cornichons, Ciabatta, Rocket Leaves or Bruschetta of Cherry Vine Tomatoes, Garlic, Olive Oil, Shaved Parmesan, Rocket Pesto, that was just for starters!

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Then for main course they had a hog roast, complete with stuffing and crackling accompanied by buttered baby new potatoes and salads of Rocket, Mixed Baby Leaves, Parmesan Shavings, Lime Dressing; Roasted Med Vegetables, Garlic, Lemon and Olive Oil; and Vine Tomato, Feta, Cucumber Black Olives and Rocket Pesto.

But MJ did save the best till last a choice of Eton Mess or Tiramisu, even all the staff’s mouths were drawling! It looked divine and not a bit was left by anyone!

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Dancing followed and a very happy couple started with a dance they had obviously been practising! Very sweet. Evening food of cheeseboards and wedding cake completed the feast! Joyce was right to get them in and moving so quickly! Lovely family, we all enjoyed being part of such a special occasion.

Dan & Ian were at Haileybury School for Lisa & Andy’s reception. Andy went to school here, so it seemed fitting to hold the ceremony there. After getting married in the schools chapel the bride and groom came down a red carpet with their friends and family to be greeted by chilled champagne and Kingfisher canapés in front of the marquee. The marquee sides were pulled back for the start of speeches to allow the sunshine to flood in.

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Another 3 course wedding breakfast was served with a choice once again over the courses. Busy prep week for the kitchen! Well done team and with JV sunning himself it can’t of been a easy week!
They started with Roasted Butternut, Rocket, Sun Blushed Tomato and Devon Blue Cheese Tart, Roasted Pepper Tapenade, Herb Salad or Poached Salmon and Tiger Prawn Tian, Lemon and Parsley Mayonnaise, Bloody Mary Dressing or Ham Hock and Parsley Terrine, Walnut Bread ,Spiced Apple Chutney, Pea Shoots.
Followed by a main course of either Roasted Breast of Corn Fed Chicken, Champ Potato, Warm Salad of Chorizo, Green Beans, Peas and Butternut, Madeira Jus or Rump of English Lamb, coleannon mash, asparagus and baby carrots and mint hollandaise or Black Olive Polenta, Roasted Vegetables and Mizuna Pesto.

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Lastly another Trio of Desserts of Pimms, Mint & Strawberry Trifle, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Salted Toffee Sauce, Clotted Cream & Lemon Posset, Raspberries, Ginger Biscuit! Delicious!

With the bar open and the sun cascading into the marquee, it was only a matter of time before everyone was dancing the night away to an amazing DJ.
With carriages arranged for midnight, the bride and groom and many friends and family made their way to their local hotels to continue their celebrations into the small hours!

So well done to all Kingfisher staff again! a huge effort this week by everyone involved! Here’s onto next week! Cheers!

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August Already!

August 2nd already! This season is flying past with us adding more and more great celebrations and weddings to our ever increasing portfolio! Saturday was again a day never to be forgotten.
My team and I made our way to the beautiful Lavender Farm nr Hitchin for Lucy & Kevin’s wedding, a lovely family who we have met on numerous occasions over the past few years, in fact we fist met them at Lavender Farm when we had an open day with Tipis for hire! The Lavender was in full bloom giving a stunning purple backdrop across the fields, it made the site seem so romantic and special.
Lucy & Kevin arrived with their son Jack to their guests toasting them with Pimms, they were a lively crowd keeping our bar staff busy even before the meal!
They feasted on a starter of Confit Lamb Shoulder Croquette, warm vegetable salad & mint dressing.

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Followed by our signature Kingfisher BBQ consisting of Beef & Stilton Burger, Summer Herb & Lemon Chicken Skewers, Peppered Rib Eye Steaks and Salmon, Monkfish & Prawn Skewer; all served with bowls & salads, cooked to perfection by John and MJ.
Lucy & Kevin partied hard, so did all of their guests, the bar was 3 deep most of the evening, even I danced with Dad! Great day had by all, so pleased for us to be part of such a special couples day!

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Team 2 with the lovely Ian, were back at the Holly Bush In St Albans for Laura & James’s wedding. The couple had been traveling for 6 months to exotic places like Cambodia, Australia, The Galápagos Islands and Brazil. They used these very personnel places to aptly name their tables in the marquee.

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Everyone looked stunning, the bride was complimented by a stunning array of bridesmaids dressed in soft green long flowing dresses. Canapés, Prosseco and freshly made jugs of Pimms greeted the wedding guests on arrival. from the lovely Vanessa & Steve. Although a brief down pour whilst the BBQ was being cooked it didn’t dampen proceedings, just the chefs got slighty wet! As always, it was a massive hit with all guests. Jeager bombs and drinks a plenty were flowering from the pubs doors, allowing guests to relax in the evening sunshine, another great day had by everyone.

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Hot! Hot! hot!

Saturday 19th will go down in Kingfisher history as being the hotest ever to day to cook and serve in a marquee! Three very different wedding this weekend for us but all of them professionally executed by the chefs and front of house teams despite everyone feeling like they’d had a fully clothed shower! At least the threatened thunder and lightning stayed away but it left us with soaring temperatures and humidity! It’s not an easy task with ovens and barbecues throwing out heat aswell! So well done everyone for keeping their cool!

So I took off with John and the team to the lovely Sandridgebury Farm in St Albans for Sally & Andys wedding reception. Marquee overlooking beautiful countryside, such a picturesque spot. With Pimms and canapés on arrival, garden games and backing music, the setting was glorious. Even my staff seemed to be enjoying it!

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Speeches started the wedding breakfast and then they all tucked into Rump of Lamb, Colcannon Mash, Asparagus and baby carrots and mint hollandaise, delicious, the bridal party agreed with me, it’s the sauce that makes this dish! Well cooked John!

This followed by a trio of desserts, Dark chocolate torte, orange shortbread, pistachio cream; Raspberry Brûlée, vanilla shortbread; lemon & ginger cheesecake, mint & raspberry Coulis. All washed down with ice cold wine and followed by tea, coffee & petit fours.

Lots & lots of evening guests arrived and danced the night away to a live band, Jodie, Amelia & Kate keep the drinks flowing from the bar with the help of our lovely chef John, who is becoming a bit of a legend behind the bar! Great day!

Ian and his team looked after Craig and Lisa’s wedding set in Tipis at Lavender Farm in Hitchin. Bench style tables set with fresh Lavender set the scene, the bridal party arrived in two white Rolls Royces.

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Canapés and champagne on arrival, followed by a lovely meal exceptionally cooked by MJ and Stewart. The Kingfisher signature trio of desserts was devoured Ian said! Evening food of Fish and chips, with disco dancing and cold beer from the bar made a memorable evening, for all apart from the guests drinking jager bombs, they may not of remembered to much this morning! Great time had by all!

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Team 3 went with a Dan & Seema to Chesham for Akexa & Ryan’s wedding celebrations! They had planned to have a very informal day with canapés and bowl food served to the guests in their parents garden. No particular seating plan was required, just a very relaxed style of service. Unfortunately due to the storm predictions they managed to secure the local church hall and moved everyone there instead, then in typical British fashion it didn’t rain a drop! Great day had by all though, they ate loads and partied hard into the night, with Tom expertly pouring and serving drinks from the bar the day flowed without a hitch!

So another trio for team Kingfisher! Well done to everyone involved, we are making these exceptionally busy weekends a great success! Long may it continue!

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Happy Couple, Tipis & Sunshine! Perfect!

We had a fantastic day yesterday for Sally & Terry’s wedding. Tipis set at the top of the hill at North Hill Farm, Chorleywood, overlooking beautiful rolling countryside. The sun shone, the champagne flowed and the food was delicious!

The Tipi was dressed with loads of wild flowers and tree stumps which accentuated the country theme. with hay bales and a bonfire lit after dark it was the perfect rustic setting.

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Their chosen menu was Ham Hock Terrine, Mini Cheese Scones, Candied Apple Purée & Salted Crackling followed by Lamb Kleftico, Roasted Baby Potatoes & Greek Salad. Dessert was a trio of Sticky Toffee Pudding, White Chocolate and Hazelnut Blondie, Summer Fruits Eton Mess, Blossom Honey, Strawberry Shortbread. Delicious!

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After the meal we moved all the tables out into the early evening sunshine for the guests to relax and enjoy the view. With dancing to a live band, a huge chocolate fountain and a bonfire ended the perfect day!

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Oh! And what a fantastic cake!

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Double wedding weekend in the Hertfordshire sunshine!

Saturday saw a busy weekend for the KF team! First double wedding day of the season with big numbers to cater for, but both I’m pleased to say, were a great success!
Ian led team 1 for Hannah & Thom’s wedding at Bayford Hall Farm for 127 guests in the beautiful Tipis.

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Arrival cocktails, Gin & Elderflower Sherbert & Madras with a selection of canapés welcomed the guests upon arrival.

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Kingfisher signature Slow Roast Hog followed served with bowls of salads & potatoes, finished off with their wedding cake, made it a perfect meal. The Tipi rocked the night away to a Madness tribute band, playing not only ‘one step beyond’ but many 80’s tunes. It was encore after encore!

Team 2 were at the beautiful Brook a Farm for Heidi & Nick’s wedding. Laying up in the rain on Friday no one could of predicted just how beautiful the day would turn out! The marquee looked beautiful but not as beautiful as the bride and her bridesmaids, all in light olive green, they complimented the decor beautifully.

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Champagne and canapés for arrival, followed by Kingfisher BBQ of Beef & Sun-blushed tomato burgers, Piri Piri Chicken Skewer, Haloumi Cheese & Vegetable Skewer, served with Cajun sweet potato wedges, baby new roasted potatoes, Greek Salad, vine tomato, baby mozzarella, red onion & rocket pesto salad. Delicious! Cooked to perfection by our lovely John!

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Desserts made by family & friends followed by a lot of dancing, helped along by drinks flowing from the bar!

Great day had by all, Well done everyone for helping to make both days a big success, especially our ‘newbies’ Dan, Anna, Chloe, Anton, Toni, Helen, Georgia and Emma!

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Top tips for our couples to be! Tip No 1!

Tip 1; Personalise your big day

Through the wedding season we cater at a wedding almost every weekend, and over the years I can honestly say that no two are the same! Or even remotely similar!

Making it personal, with little touches of your life together makes it much more special and given the freedom of having your wedding in a marquee or tipi allows you to start with that blank sheet.

So, let your personality shine through on your wedding day with these tried and tested ideas;

1. Decorate an area of your reception with pictures of you both growing up. It will make a fanstastic talking point, lots of couples do this, it works very well.

2. Personalise your wedding day menu! Perhaps use local produce to where you’re getting married or choose cuisine that has a personal memory tied to it. Met at a beach party in Thailand? Serve fish and chips and Thai noodles in boxes, Got engaged in Italy? Then serve a delicious pasta dish. We have plenty of menu choices and can tailor make that menu to suit you perfectly.

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3. Welcome drinks can also symbolise you both, we had a couple from New Zealand who flew in authentic New Zealand beers and a couple who got married in the late Autumn and collected old jam jars to serve ginger beer cocktails, these were dispensed from big glass jars, which were placed on upturned logs and decorated with apples, looked fab!

4. Name your tables after places that are special to you, such as the place where you first met or where the magic proposal occurred. Or use photos of the two of you in the special places to decorate the tables.

5. Hand-written place names will add a personal touch to your day. While you’re in the handwriting mood, take the time to write a special few guests a thank-you note for all their help in the lead-up to your special day. A couple last year had an envelope with a thank-you for each guest hung on rope with pegs, this also doubled up as their table plan and seating arrangements.

6. Incorporate something that’s special to you both, one of our couples played in a drumming band, Batala, it was a fantastic sound and very noisy, set the pace for the day!

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7. Run the theme throughout the day, Katie & Dan got married in a village hall, decorated it with bunting, arrived in a camper van and had desserts supplied by friends and family of Apple pies, cheesecakes, fairy cakes.

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8. Another good idea to incorporate your guests is what James & Hayley did by getting their guests to write wish messages for them on a big board, they even make this very personal quirky sign!

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9. Recruit talented friends and family – maybe one could sing while you sign the register and another could make your cake.

10. Finally this should really be at number 1! As this is by far my personal best! Last summer one of our grooms Ed stole the show with a 1000 origami paper cranes folded individually by himself which he hung from the tent with fishing wire, the effect was stunning! It is a Japanese legend, that promises to bring eternal good luck for the couple. It took him almost a year to make them! That’s dedication!

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I hope that’s given you a few ideas, I’m sure there will be more great personal touches over this summer, I can’t wait to see them!

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Kingfisher, Tudor Oaks Lodge! Busy busy!

Even though the Wedding Season is still a few months away, you maybe mistaken by thinking we were all relaxing! But far from it! the Kingfisher team have been very busy indeed! Working closely with the new owners of the beautiful Tudor Oaks Lodge in Stotfold, Bedfordshire, getting ready for the opening this Thursday!
Under new management, the 15th century coaching inn has been revamped to offer a place to enjoy a meal or drink or a special stay in one of the en-suite bedrooms situated around the beautiful Mediteranean courtyard.

The grounds also offer space for Wedding Receptions, Bar Mitzvah, Birthday, Anniversary or Party. The Tudor Room seats up to 80 people – set in the main house, and The Norman Suite seats up to 225 people – barn style suite with a beautiful galleried balcony floor overlooking the dance floor.

Dan and John have worked hard getting the catering side up and running and have put together some beautiful dishes from a mouth watering 3 course menu to delicious sides and bar snacks, traditional burgers and steaks, to a Sunday carvery to make anyone want to go out for lunch and not doing the washing up!

Some of the menus choices are;
Starters:
Beetroot Gravadlax, Celeriac and Coriander Remoulade Capers, Lemon Oil and Ciabatta,
Or, Chicken Liver and Madeira Parfait, Toasted Sourdough, Cornichons, Red Onion Chutney, Or, Warm Caramelised Onion, Roasted Butternut and Haloumi Tart, Herb Salad and Rocket Pesto.
Mains:
Braised Shank of Lamb served on Sticky Root Vegetables and Herb Potatoes,
Or Crispy Pork Belly, Curly Kale, Chantennay Carrots, Sage Butter Lyonnaisse, Cider Jus Or Pan Roasted Chicken Breast, Roasted Sweet Potato and Parsnips, Green Beans, Pancetta and Madeira Jus.
Deserts:
Dark Chocolate Delice, Walnut Brittle and Vanilla Ice Cream
Or Lemon and Lime Tartlet, Glazed Berries and Crème Fraiche
Or White Chocolate and Coconut Cheesecake, Pistachios and Mango Sorbet

For the full menu please see http://www.tudoroakslodge.com

To add to the fun Friday night party nights are taking place with the first this Friday! They are perfect for those celebrating a special occasion or those who just fancy a night out. Ticket price will include a KF buffet meal. Party nights will on occasion include Greek nights, tribute nights & more!!

So without a doubt I’m sure it will be a great success, the very best of luck to everyone involved!

I’m sure I will be blogging more pics and write ups from events there over the coming months, watch this space!

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Website finally finished!

We have finally finished the website! it now has pictures of all our new food and menus, with great testimonials and new venue information.
We are very pleased with the result, it shows a more personnal side of us, no stock shots here, just genuine pictures taken at actual weddings and events from last year!
I will try and update them with some of the chefs and staff in action over the year, although they are a very outgoing bunch, they do get a bit camera shy!

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Week of tastings, new menus.

This week has seen us busy at the unit meeting with new couples who have come in for tastings of the new menus ahead of their weddings this summer.

It’s a lovely opportunity for us to get to know them and understand their ideas for their special days. Now it’s 2014, it’s only months away for most of them and finalising details is so exciting!

I met with Ben & Emily yesterday who are getting married in September, they have booked Tipis, booked us and came in to decide on their canapé choices and lamb main course, they loved both! cooked to perfection by John, as always.

So will it be Braised shank of lamb, buttered mash, redcurrant and mint jus, crispy leeks, honey glazed vegetables

Or Roasted rump of lamb, chantennay carrots, asparagus, colcannon mash, mint hollandaise?

You’ll just have to wait and see!

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