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Venue Spotlight – Hornington Manor

22538803_941231482700855_1834881763268109374_o Image credit - Joel Skingle Photography We're at Hornington Manor almost every week for both corporate events and weddings and we're not surprised - this is such a fabulous venue! Hornington Manor is a Grade II listed manor house that was built in 1770 and is set in 300 acres of peaceful North Yorkshire countryside. The house is located in the historic village of Bolton Percy close to the city of York. The 17th century manor farm house and associated buildings have been lovingly restored to their former glory to provide luxury self catering accommodation. The manor is set on a working farm and offers a total of 16 bedrooms split over four areas of the house including the Hornington Lodge, Manor House, West Wing and the Servants Quarter. hm manor-house-kitchen The most recent addition to Hornington Manor is their charming, rustic wedding barn. Previously home to our new born lambs, the barn has been lovingly transformed into a beautiful wedding venue that seats up to 150 guests comfortably. The wedding barn still provides a few clues to its former use such as the huge double doors which open out onto the courtyard, and the wonderful exposed beams. But the beauty of the wedding barn is that you can really put your own personal style into your day. The mezzanine level could be the perfect place for a soft-seating area, for guests to give themselves a break from dancing. Whatever you decide, our motto is \'your day, your way\'.  hm-bar There are literally too many good things about Hornington to share - you really need to see it yourself, trust us on this one. The team are incredibly friendly and helpful and they'll be more than happy to introduce you to the delight that is Hornington Manor. If you're lucky, you'll even get to meet the alpacas! lamb-joe-stenson Image credit Joe Stenson Photography
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Christmas Is Coming.. And We’ve Got A Present For You!

We've said it before and we'll say it again, we're incredibly lucky to work with some fabulous industry suppliers. These are the people we know will do an amazing job and we're happy to recommend them. Ultimately, on the day, they become an extension of our team as we are for them, and everyone works together to provide the highest level of service. If you want to see who we already recommend, check them out here. There'll be some new additions to the list very soon but we'll keep you posted on that! In the meantime, we've put our heads together with the team at Elite Marquee Services to bring you a fantastic wedding offer. 24067894_147121452587404_2805677214422406941_n The team at Elite provide beautiful canvas and pole marquees, which feel spacious and airy whilst still remaining cosy and intimate and the beautiful look of the canvas doesn't need to be dressed with linings, allowing you to pretty the space up with flowers, lights or bunting - the options are endless. elite-night-image Now to news of the offer as that's what this is really about! Confirm your wedding marquee and catering with Elite and F4D before the 31st January 2018 and receive 15% off the cost of your marquee AND 10% off the cost of your wedding catering (or free evening food if you prefer). Terms and Conditions do apply of course - you must have sent completed booking forms, paid your non refundable booking fees and received confirmation that both companies have secured your date. The alternative evening food option can only be taken when full catering is booked with us. f4d-elite-marquees-offer Make sure you don't miss out on such a fantastic offer - get in touch today!
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What’s Hot for Wedding Catering in 2018

2017 has definitely been a year of couples choosing to show their personalities through their wedding and with their menu's too. Your whole day should be a reflection of you both as individuals and as a couple, giving your guests an insight into the things you enjoy the most, and your wedding catering is an excellent place to start! wedding-caterers-gallery8 This year we've seen a huge increase in sharing board courses as couples are wanting a relaxed, friendly vibe to their day, veering away from the more traditional plated three courses. A sharing platter course always looks amazing and is a real wow when brought to the table - it certainly gets your guests chatting! We've introduced some new Sharing Boards to our menu's including 'Pig Out', 'Winner Winner' and 'I'm Game!' Pig Out consists of Belly Pork, Scotch Egg with Scratching Crumb, Marinated Pork Fillet, Sausage Lollipop with Pancetta, Black Pudding, Savoury Apple Crumble, Sage & Onion Roast Potatoes, Roasted Roots and a Café au Lait Sauce - is your mouth watering yet? Or how about Paella, cooked in the large pans outside and then served to table or even as evening food in cute bamboo boats? Tapas is one of our most popular menu's and yet again has that relaxed, sharing vibe - there's always plenty to go around and who doesn't love tapas? paella-bamboo-boats And talking of evening food, how about our current team favourite - Yorkshire Pudding Wraps? Trust us - these are absolutely delicious. You can guarantee you'll have happy guests when these make an appearance! yorkshire-pudding-wrap We'll bring you our predictions/favourites for desserts next week but in the meantime, if you're wanting to have something a little different for your wedding menu's, give us a call. We're full of ideas and love nothing more than creating menu's you and your guests will love! Image credits: Image One - Olivia Brabbs Photography, Images 2 and 3 - Pinterest (we're so busy making the food we forget to take the photo's!)
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Real Wedding – Kate & Jimi

We're taking a little trip down memory lane today, back to the wedding of Kate & Jimi in early September last year. Despite the heavens opening and the team having to deal with a few 'weather related' issues (including vehicles getting stuck!) it really was such a beautiful day and one we'll remember for a long time. kate-jimi The menu for the day was enjoyed by every one with a selection of canapés to greet the guests on their return from church followed by a Thai Style Slaw with Fresh King Prawns, Coriander, Ginger and Sweet Chilli, a Seared Loin of Venison served with a Red Wine and Chocolate Jus accompanied by Roasted Chantenay Carrots, Fine Green Beans and Dauphinoise Potatoes and to finish, a Trio of Traditional Scottish Cranachan with Shortbread, Rich Chocolate Brownie and Lemon Posset served with Fresh Raspberries. Here's the lovely message we got from Kate, Jimi and Bev (Kate's mum)... 'A formal thank you will follow, but on behalf of Jim, mum, I and our whole family and friends thank you SO SO much for putting on the most wonderful wedding breakfast last Saturday at our wedding. Not only was the food excellent, the service couldn’t be faulted and the comments from almost every single guest was centred on how excellent the food and service was. Not only did you go above and beyond on the day, however, you (Allison in particular) was superb in fixing last minute mishaps that weren’t always your direct responsibility (e.g. the faulty generator on the morning of the wedding…!) and took all the stress away from the bride, groom and mum. We could not recommend you more and I hope / am sure more business will come your way as a result of catering at our wedding. The Thorner lot love a good party and you proved you can handle it and go beyond expectations!!!!!! Thank you again, for everything. Kate, Jimi & Bev' We'll be bringing you more real weddings soon but in the meantime, we hope you've enjoyed this glimpse into Kate & Jimi's day. Shout out to Chris Milner Photography for such fab images. Flowers by Wild Floral Couture Much love from all at Team F4D to Kate, Jimi & Bev. kate-jimi-2
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Venue Spotlight – Unique Occasions at Loversall Farm  

Today we're bringing you details of the very lovely Loversall Farm, set in the pretty village of Loversall, near Doncaster. If you haven't already checked this venue out you really should. loversall-1
'Dream it, we do it. With a beautiful, rural village backdrop, our own private land & venues and a truly creative team of event consultants at our disposal, your celebration, event or party will be truly unique! From the most intimate of dinners for two and a romantic overnight stay in our Hideaway Hut to the most stunning formal marquee wedding, we work with you to create an amazing, memorable experience. Whether hosting a themed fantasy wedding, a summer fete event with antique ice-cream vans and candy floss or an atmospheric blessing in our ancient stone barn and courtyard, Unique Occasions cater for your every need. Our team has over 25 years of experience in the bridal industry, party & event organisation, design, catering, engineering and land management. It is a joy and a rare privilege to use these diverse skills to produce the ultimate of events.'
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Nestled away, just outside the village, is the private land set aside for wedding celebrations, glamping, camping and other occasions.  Accessed through lockable gates, private road and track, the 35 acres is available to hire for the sole use of you and your party.  Tucked attractively next to St Katherine's Church and Loversall Hall, the Meadow consists of gently undulating grassland, bordered by trees, a copse and well established pond.
  loversall-3-totally-tipi We're very excited to be one of the approved caterers for this fantastic venue and we're really looking forward to working with Stephanie and the team soon. Check them out by clicking on the links here... Website Facebook or email Stephanie via Stephanie@loversalloccasions.com