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Spring Lamb and Wedding Fever

Royal wedding fever hit the UK last week. Hope it’s inspired lots of you to take the plunge and tie the knot.

We had our own weddings to cater for so there was no sitting in front of the TV for us for us all at Vanilla. Saturday saw Tania and Steve take their vows at Farbrige barn near Chichester. Farbridge is an absolutely fantastic venue, with views of the rolling countryside. This time of year it’s even better as the adjoining fields are full of spring lambs so as you take your vows you can hear the cute little lambs bleating away. It really is magical. ….probably best not to have spring lamb on your menu at this venue though !

Farbridge also has a major advantage over lots of other venues in that it has 10 bedrooms so no need to book a hotel, check out this venue further on www.

Tania and Steve picked this wonderful multichoice menu as below:


Brie, Asparagus & Caramelised Red Onion Tart

Champagne Risotto on a Baked Field Mushroom

Honey Roasted Duck Breast & Rocket Salad with Spiced Plantain Crisp

Main Course

Roast Fillet of Beef with a Red Wine Jus

Chilli & Rosemary Aubergine Parcel

Creamy Mushroom & Blue Cheese Filled Chicken Breast Wrapped in Prosciutto


Dark Chocolate Mousse with Orange Crème Brulee & Almond Crumble

Apple Tart Tatin with Madagascan Vanilla Ice Cream


All of food is hand made and bespoke and we offer a complimentary tasting once you are committed to us.

Mike and Franchesca also had a multichoice menu at their wedding in Winchester.

There have been so many bank holidays lately unfortunately for the hospitality industry there is no such thing as a day off on a bank holiday

As an aside did you know ?

A bank holiday is a public holiday in the United Kingdom or in Ireland. There is no automatic right to time off on these days.

The first official bank holidays were the four days named in the Bank Holidays Act 1871, but today the term is colloquially used for public holidays which are not officially bank holidays, for example Good Friday and Christmas Day. Bank Holidays Act 1871

Prior to 1834, the Bank of England observed about thirty-three saints' days and religious festivals as holidays, but in 1834, this was reduced to just four

So there you have it, I personally don’t  do bank holidays I would rather work which is just as well as I had no choice !

Other Vanilla news is we have a new addition the team. Ben has joined us as one of our event chefs, he was previously at Chewton Glen so we feel very privileged to have him on board.  

Yesterday we had a photo shoot where our professional photographer Al came down from London and took piccys of our new dishes, the chefs all scrubbed up well so watch out for a new photo of the brigade on the website along with our yummy dishes.

Don’t forget For every guest at you wedding or event we will donate 20p to the EllenMacarthur Trust ( so we hope that a happy occasion such as a wedding or party will bring a little happiness for young people aged between 8-24 by allowing them to sail to help them to regain their confidence, on their way to recovery from cancer, leukaemia and other serious illness.

If you need any advice or help organising your Christmas party, wedding or corporate event please feel free to give us a call. Our office is manned 7 days a week, by a team of professionals …and me !

Have a great week  

Sally and the team


Tuesday 3rd May 2011

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