One Wedding and a Swiss Chalet 12th September 2009

Last Saturday we set off with great excitement to Buxton for the wedding of first Devanney (Rebecca)of her generation to get hitched. The girls(Dawn, Julia and Tess) packed wedding outfits plus extra dresses just in case……….

We arrived at the hotel at 12.05 and the church was a 15 min drive away. By the time the girls were dressed and Tony decided which trousers to wear it was a case of “get me to the church on time”! Wedding to start at 1pm we were seated for 12.59pm………..phew. The wedding ceremony was very personal and fun with giggles from the bride and groom who looked fabulous. A special mention has to go the Vicar of Chinley.

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After the Wedding we had a gap to fill until the evening do so we returned to the hotel and as the sun was out we sat on the lovely lawn for a drink. We decided to go find somewhere for lunch in Buxton, at the end of the hotel gardens we crossed the road and found an Italian/Swiss restaurant by the name of “St Moritz”. The staff were very friendly and seated the seven of us straight away. We ordered Prosecco for the ladies and a Moretti for the fellas. Starters included a shared antipasto, squid, pasta arrabiatta, melon and parma ham as well as parma ham with figs, all were very good.

The mains were varied with Jess and Julia opting for the Sea Bass special, Tony had Black pasta ravioli, linguine gamberetti for G, D and P had Spaghetti bolognese, T had Pizza Margarita all were well presented and tasty. We shared 2 bottles of the house red(Lupo Nero from Puglia) at £13.95 per bottle an absolute steal!

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We were asked to go look at the upstairs dining area(downstairs was traditional stylish Italian) and what a surprise, lots of wood and stained glass with skiing stuff, just like a Swiss chalet. Various choices of Fondue were available on the menu.

After a super lunch we wandered back to hotel and decided against a nap as we may have slept and missed the evening do so we had one(perhaps two) more drinks whilst watching football. After refreshing showers and a change of clothes we met in lovely big room to celebrate some more. Live band and top DJ(Chris) plus a hog roast, a fantastic day all round.

Congratulations and thanks to Mr Ben and Mrs Rebecca Timperley!!

G&D

Cath and Matthew’s Wedding at East Riddlesdon Hall 10th July 2009

D and I were invited to the wedding of Cath who is the daughter of our very dear friend Maggie. We hadn’t been to East Riddlesden Hall before so were very surprised that in the middle of Keighley is this little heavenly sanctuary complete with pond, beautiful gardens and spiritual old halls(East Riddlesden Hall is a National Trust property and is licensed to hold civil ceremonies). 

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The wedding ceremony was designed by Cath and Matthew and was truly unique and the whole day was possibly the most joyous we have been to!  The food was very good and service spot on which for a big event can be a challenge. Special mention has to go to the most unusual wedding dessert ever, an assiette of fruit brulee served on a spoon, chocolate cup and a fruit trifle  served in a shot glass.

Thanks Cath and Matthew.

G&D

Rookery Hall, Nantwich, Cheshire Dec 2008

G an I had a fabulous weekend at this magnificent country house hotel. Set in 38 acres it was an ideal setting for a wedding and the weather was fantastic, frosty and very sunny…Friday eve was spent in the bar area which has a lovely open log fire and a decent wine and drinks list! We decided to eat in the old oak dining hall, a market menu is available at £34 for 3 courses with coffee or the a la carte approx £40-45.. I had seabass which was fantastic and G had perfectly cooked lamb (well, for him anyway! A bit too pink for me) washed down with Bruno Paillard Vintage 1999 Champagne and a very nice Brunello. Those who know me will be very surprised to learn that I did not have a dessert but I did have….. a dessert wine, figs, nuts and treacle toffee! pudding in a glass(Pedro Ximenes Viejo Napoleon, Jerez, Spain) wonderful..

We will return..D and G.