Birthday Party At Home, May Hill, Gloucestershire

Two Saturdays ago saw a very happy occasion celebrating a milestone birthday in style! A barn on a beautiful farm in the rolling Gloucestershire countryside was the venue, which had been emptied and beautifully decorated for the party. Festoon lighting was strung from trees in the garden where a chill out area with fire pit and comfy chairs had also been set up. The hosts had thought of everything!

We started with canapes and cocktails in the garden, and then guests were invited through to the barn via a heaving buffet table laden with delicious, locally sourced meats and seasonal salads. During the main course, we set up a decadent cheese, fruit and chocolate brownie grazing table to satisfy cheese-lovers and sweet-toothed guests alike - a few of which were spotted making many return trips throughout the evening!

A wonderful, laid-back affair then gave way to karaoke and dancing until the wee small hours…I hope the cows were as entertained as the guests!

Sirloin of Beef, Roast Pork with Crackling, Poached Salmon

Horseradish Sauce, Apple Sauce, Green Goddess Dressing


Creme Fraiche, Wholegrain Mustard and Lemon Potato Salad with Chives

Rainbow Tomato Salad with Fresh Herbs, Pomegranate and Red Onion

Minted Pea, Sugarsnap and Chicory Salad

Middle Eastern Fattoush Salad with Toasted Pita and Soumac


British and Continental Cheeses, Crackers and Artisan Breads

Rosemary and Garlic Baked Camembert

Chutney and Quince Jelly

Raspberries, Strawberries, Cherries, Figs and Celery

Peanut Butter, Biscoff, White Chocolate and Macadamia and Plain Brownies with Cream

Delicious Canapés

Delicious Canapés

Cheese and Brownie Grazing Table

Cheese and Brownie Grazing Table

Shrovetide Dinner Dance, Osmaston Park, Derbyshire.

Last Saturday it was my great pleasure to provide the catering for the very first Shrovetide Dinner Dance at the breathtaking venue of Osmaston Park. The event was expertly organised by Laura Jones and at 6.30pm 550 of Ashbourne’s finest arrived to raise money for the Shrovetide game and to enjoy a wonderful evening. The priority at charity balls has to be to serve the meal quickly, so that the speeches, raffle, auctions etc can be done whilst still leaving time for the guests to party the night away. With 550 guests that is no mean feat! I chose the menu carefully to make sure that the service could be fast and that the meal was good value, so that as much of the proceeds as possible could be donated to the cause. Focussing on fresh, locally sourced ingredients and preparing them simply meant that we were able to produce a crowd-pleasing meal with hearty Derbyshire sized portions! Heading up a team of 10 in the kitchen and 50 waiters and waitresses we managed to serve all 550 people a three course meal in just under 2 hours. The event managed to raise an amazing amount for the charity and, most importantly, a fabulous time was had by all.

Ardenne Pate, Toasted Ciabatta and Red Onion Chutney


Hearty Beef Bourguignon and Creamy Mash


Vanilla Cheesecake and Berry Compote