0S5A3408I was lucky enough to have recently visited the mansion located in Roundhay Park Leeds. It’s beautiful building set just at the edge of the park, near one of the huge gated entrances. Before I get into the food and flowers, the whole event was preceded by a beautiful invite created by Jane Beadnell from JB Creatives, delivered and tied in a pretty ribbon.

blognew---1Before I get into the food and flowers, the whole event was preceded by a beautiful invite created by Jane Beadnell from JB Creatives, delivered and tied in a pretty ribbon. I have to shout Jane out, as it was a gorgeous surprise to get through the post – I was so excited for the event and it more than lived up to expectations.

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On arrival, I was greeted by the lovely stuff from Dine as I admired the beautiful interior of The Mansion, and was whisked into a room with a Hot Toddy in hand, to have a go at some floral crown crafting. Whilst awaiting our meal we went into a room filled with flowers, where we met the lovely florist from Twisted Willow, who gave us a tutorial on how to build flower crowns.0S5A3776

They make these for weddings and other events and they’re incredibly beautiful made with fresh flowers and better than any Snapchat filter ;).  It was lovely to hear all about the different types of foliage and flowers that go into creating a special event.  The crown whipped up by Twisted Willow was rather impressive, I worried mine would end up looking like a mess rather than a lovely flower crown.

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But – each of us ended up with something that was unique and beautiful adoring our heads before we slipped to the lobby for wine and canapés. The nibbles and wine hit the spot – I particularly enjoyed the overall presentation of the canapés, especially the Caprini Goats Cheese Cones with Tomato & Dill Concase, Fig & Balsamic Caviar. They were presented like a cute mini savory ice cream! You can let your mouth water over the full menu and the rest of the post below…

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Ambassadors’ Dinner at The Mansion 19th January 2017

  • Reception drinks… Domaine J. Laurens Blanquette de Limoux ‘Le Moulin’ NV ~ Limoux, FRANCE (Sparkling White)
  • Or Elderflower spritz for the non-alcohol drinkers

Canapés

  • Venison Tartare on Chocolate Spätzle Discs
  • Ham Hock & Smoked Wensleydale Croquette with Apple Gel, served in a smoking dome 
  • Caprini Goats Cheese Cones with Tomato & Dill Concase, Fig & Balsamic Caviar

Starter

  • Crab & Saffron Risotto, Pan Fried Scallops & Tempura Soft Shell Crab 
  • Wine – Hugel ‘Classic’ Pinot Blanc 2013 – France – perfect for seafood!

Main Course

  • Fallow Deer with Spiced Umbrian Lentils, Choucroute, Smoked Kale & Chocolate Jus
  • Wine – Domaine Terres Georges ‘Quintessence’ Minervois 2014 – predominantly Syrah red forest fruit flavours

Dessert

  • Dark Chocolate & Rosemary Tart with Fennel Ice-Cream, Orange Sherbet & Baked White Chocolate 
  • Wine – Quady Elysium Black Muscat 2015 -modern wine suits chocolate
  • Lauden Chocolates served with Tea & Coffee

On entrance to the main dining room, it felt like entering a forest! I started to feel like something from a Shakespear play and settled in for some good food, admiring the attention to detail, down to the little bronze leaves that adorned the table.

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The butter dish even had the event name and date printed on it, which is only a small thing but really something quite adorable, one of the lovely ladies from Dine told me that they actually print these for each event, which I think is a nice touch.

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After some wine and chatter, we were presented with an incredible seafood selection – I loved it so much. Even writing about it is making me hungry. I couldn’t stop eyeing up my neighbours dinner plates to see they could spare a bite!

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It was nice to hear a little introduction from the chefs at the start of each course telling us what we are going to be having. You could tell how passionate they were about the food they had created.

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Moving on to the main, we had venison, which again, was absolutely incredible. Now I’m not someone who actually likes venison usually – but they changed my mind! It was cooked medium rare and melted in the mouth.

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It was just the right amount of food – the portion sizes were small but after a few mouthfuls, you realise how filling the food was! I didn’t go home hungry that’s for sure.

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Next – on to dessert – the most important event of any meal – Death by Chocolate. It really was exactly what it said on the tin and then some. It arrived beautifully presented and was rich and incredibly delicious, down to the aromas to create an even more delicious sensory experience.

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Underneath the dessert, there were preserved oranges which just added to that beautiful chocolate orange taste.

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At the end of the meal, the chef who came up with this lovely menu came out and we were all incredibly impressed and genuinely appreciate the effort that they put into the food.

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All the staff just seem so enthusiastic and full of passion for good food and good drink. It was much appreciated! I have to say whether booking a wedding or a big birthday bash, The Mansion is a lovely place to have a nice meal in beautiful surroundings. I hope that I have a chance to try food at The Mansion by Dine again because it was truly a perfect experience. Ticked all the boxes for a fun evening after a stressful day at work!

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A massive thank you to all involved in the event. It was lovely to meet all of the other talented people in the room and I hope to see you all again soon!

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Photos by myself & from Daniel Thubron from 123 Photography.

Sarah x