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Bredbury Hall gourmet evening

Lynda Moyo goes from glamour to tequila slammer at the Bredbury Hall gourmet dinner evening

Written by . Published on February 16th 2010.

Bredbury Hall gourmet evening

SET among a residential area, those unfamiliar with the Bredbury Hall experience may not immediately spot the venue, set back amid the houses. When they do, they still won’t have any idea of the revelry that is about to be revealed. A visit to Bredbury Hall is a step into a parallel universe.

Hotel cabaret can sometimes come across as a bit too ‘Butlins’, but somehow it just all fits at Bredbury Hall, like a dinner dance scene in a Hollywood flick. It’s cheesy yet charming.

New to the Bredbury Hall universe is the Gourmet Evenings with live entertainment followed by free reign of the renowned club night in ‘The Club’.

We checked into our Bredbury Hall suite straight from rush hour traffic on a Friday. On a typical Friday night out, the rush hour doesn’t end there. It’s normally the rush to get ready, rush to get a taxi, bar hopping rush as your hair rushes from fab to frizz in the constant change in temperature. Then there’s the foraging for change to get home and returning to the flat which, in your rush to get ready, now looks like the Tasmanian Devil broke in while you were out. Luckily, Bredbury Hall is an all together more seamless experience.

After getting ready in our huge, luxurious suite, we made our way down to the dining room. We were welcomed by the sounds of pianist Greg Morton who looked like if he lifted his hands, the keys would keep playing. They didn’t though. He is just extremely talented.

Fresh Bredbury bread rolls adorned the table as we sat down to scan the set gourmet menu which costs £29 per person. The room was filled with like-minded diners seeking an excuse to exercise some grown-up glamour without having to go to an actual ball.

Like something taken straight off the Great British Menu TV show, the crispy soft boiled egg wrapped in fine strands of potato to start, was a well packaged treat. Asparagus soldiers, crunchy pancetta and borlotti beans gave a sophisticated twist to this otherwise cheekily childlike breakfast-inspired dish. As an alternative, the Cornish lobster and king prawns with a chicory salad, offered a fresher, cleaner starter with homemade chilli and avocado ice cream to test the tastebuds. It passed the test but is certainly an acquired taste.

I have often turned my nose up at set menus in the past as they can lack choice and originality – a bit more like Come Dine With Me. However, the variety on the gourmet menu was impressive. The only ‘set’ dish as such was the fish course, which consisted of a buttery piece of steamed Scottish salmon with king scallops. For mains, there was something – if not more than one thing – to please all.

We went for the home-smoked chicken breast on a bed of creamed leek, served with saffron new potatoes, and the prime fillet of beef centred with smoked cheese, sweet potato with vegetables and a Burgundy red wine sauce. The other options included Cumbrian lamb and baked fillet of seabass – both tempting additions to a very well-rounded menu.

As we enjoyed a platter of mini homemade desserts, we were joined by local singer Simone, a petite girl with enough vocal ability to melt my chocolate mousse. Belting out diva classics from her tiny frame, and occasionally duetting with the now multi-talented pianist, she finished the evening off as pleasantly as coffee and petit fours. Hotel cabaret can sometimes come across as a bit too ‘Butlins’, but somehow it just all fits at Bredbury Hall, like a dinner dance scene in a Hollywood flick. It’s cheesy yet charming.

Stuffed full to the neck with a comfy bed awaiting, we took a diversion to The Club– as you do. It was one of those moments where sense tells you to leave it at that but after being so refined all night, the disco devil lulls you down the tunnel to a place where adults can club without getting ID’d for being over-age.

What happened in there is now somewhat of a blur of rum and cokes and various shots. As I scanned the room it became clear that the whole experience was euphoric escapism from the daily grind for a different generation of clubbers. A generation that appreciates a good night out much more than the 18 year-olds in the city centre. The dance floor, bars, pool tables and seated areas mean you’re never short of a change of social scenery and everyone has the same goal- to let their hair well and truly down.

Exhausted, we decided that we’d leave as soon as a bad song came on. We were still there two hours later as the DJ churned out classic hit after hit. See, that’s the thing about Bredbury Hall – they know the formula for an entertaining night out and the best bit is that you don’t have to step foot outside, so it is hard to leave. Well, not without the full English breakfast in bed in the morning anyway.

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Greg MortonFebruary 16th 2010.

Hi Lynda, are you still coming back for the Bredbury Hall swingers party next month?

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