New Years Eve, 31 December 2016, my husband and I travelled down to Salford Hall Hotel in the pretty village of Abbots Salford near Evesham for a New Year’s Black Tie Gala Dinner Dance.
We arrived late afternoon and were greeted by the lovely receptionist who welcomed us with a big smile. We checked in and were given Room No 12 on the second floor of this lovely old Elizabethan manor house. Room No 12 ‘Woodchurch’ was oak panelled and had lovely old black and white beams, with a lovely stone Elizabethan fireplace and lovely old dark wood furniture in keeping with the style of the house. The bedroom also had a huge canopied four poster bed with lovely snowy white bed linen and a deep damask red bed runner and matching curtains on the bed.
The Bathroom was state of the art with a bath big enough for two, with a rain shower shower, piping hot water, lovely hot fluffy towels and complementary toiletries. My husband and I unpacked and bathed together and dressed for dinner.
My husband looked very smart in his white tuxedo with black tie, trousers and shoes. My husband said I looked very elegant in my long black dress with matching black and gold jacket and black patent leather court shoes. I completed my assemble with a small gold sequin silk handbag.
At 7.00pm we went down to the Champagne and Canapés Reception in the Baronial Hall. Sadly, this year there was no Scottish piper to pipe us in to dinner ( as some bar humbugs had complained about the noise last year – So A Bit Of The Special Magic At New Year Was Lost )
At 8.00pm we went into the marquee for dinner. We had a lovely dressed table with crackers, hats, whistles and party poppers. Our wine was waiting for us all on the table.
Dinner was excellent; My husband and I had the Tiger prawn salad with lemon emulsion for our starters, which were delicious. My husband and I for our main course had Oven Roasted Chicken Supreme with Dauphinoise potatoes, sautéed Savoy cabbage and truffle cream sauce served with a selection of vegetables.
My husband had the cheeseboard with a nice selection of British cheeses and served with grapes, celery and chutney for his dessert. I had the rich chocolate tart served with Cointreau cream and fresh berries for my dessert, which was a perfect finish to the meal. My husband and I did not bother with coffee, as we continued drinking wine for most of the evening.
After dinner we moved into the Stanford Room for the disco, and we chatted and danced the night away drinking red wine, whisky and Creme de Menthe into the wee small hours. We were the last people off the dance floor to seek our beds around 2.00am. We then went into the bar and continued talking to friends we had made until around 3.00am when we finally went to bed.
New Years Day – 1 January 2017, My husband and I went for breakfast in the Stanford Room. We indulged in a full English breakfast with tea and coffee. We chatted away with Jackie, Gwen and friends we had met until 10.30 am. My husband and I then went back to our room to pack the last of our things.
We then settled our bill and as we had enjoyed ourselves so much we booked there and then for New Year 2017, we then said our farewells to the very attentive and caring staff of Salford Hall Hotel.
A BIG SPECIAL THANK YOU TO TONY, LUCY & BEN & ALL THE STAFF WHO MADE OUR TIME HERE SO SPECIAL xx less