Fine food, excellent wines and good company
We hold a series of gourmet nights throughout the year, usually every six to eight weeks. These all feature a superb six-course gourmet dinner with carefully chosen wines but each has a specific theme. In the winter, we have a Venison Night featuring estate-reared Swinfen venison and a New Year Game Supper. In the Summer there is the Midsummer black-tie Champagne Dinner and The Good Life Gourmet Night showcasing an abundance of produce from the walled garden as well as the talents of the young guns in the kitchen. Although good food and fine wine is the founding principle of these evenings, live music often plays a part.
The format is always the same – a Champagne reception with canapes at 7.15 pm in the cocktail lounge or out on the terrace and then it’s through to the ballroom for dinner at 8.00 pm. Each course is matched with a different wine – a combination of new discoveries and old favourites from the Swinfen cellars. The evening is hosted in-house or by a guest speaker who explains the menu and the rationale behind the food and wine pairing with a gentle mix of wit and wisdom.
These are very sociable evenings and we limit the numbers to ensure a house party atmosphere. Tables can be booked of any size and we offer a 30% accommodation discount to all guests attending the gourmet nights so you can turn a fabulous evening into a weekend treat.
On these occasions, the emphasis is on the wine with visiting wine makers describing their vineyards and techniques or merchants introducing new wines and varietals to the table. There is usually the opportunity to taste a variety of wines as well as seeing how different grapes team up with the food.
Our concert suppers generally fall on a Friday or a Sunday evening with a performance in the ballroom followed by a three-course supper in the restaurant. You can attend the concert without booking supper but post-concert dinner makes a splendid end to the evening.
There is limited availability in the restaurant but tables can be booked of any size. As with the gourmet nights, we offer a 30% accommodation discount to all guests attending the supper concerts.
These informal supper parties are great fun and very sociable. Enjoy a three-course meal whilst enjoying top session musicians and singers. Performances take place in the ballroom with tables for six, eight or ten ranged around the dancefloor. Sharing tables available for couples and smaller parties.