New Years Eve, 31 December 2019, 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, which is the bridal suite 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 drench feature 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 black and gold glitter top with matching plain black trousers and black patent leather court shoes. I completed my assemble with a small black patent handbag. I wore a lovely gold Italian design necklace with matching bracelet and gold watch, which my husband had given me as a gift some years ago.
At 7.00pm we went down to the Champagne and Canapés Reception in the Baronial Hall. A Scottish piper was playing the bagpipes and at 8.00pm he piped us in to dinner in the marquee. We had a lovely dressed table with crackers, hats, whistles and party poppers. Our wine was waiting for us on the table.
Dinner was excellent; My husband had the smoked mackerel pate with cucumber, lime gel, capers and radish salad for his starter. I had the honey roasted Swede soup served with a warm bread roll and creamy butter for my starter, which was real comfort food. My husband and I for our main course had Red Wine Braised Blade of Beef served with mashed potatoes, rosemary roasted carrots and red wine gravy and served with a nice selection of vegetables. The beef just melted in the mouth and was delicious.
My husband had the croissant and banana pudding served with creamy custard, for his dessert, which he said was really nice. I had the vanilla crème brulee which came with home-made shortbread biscuits for my dessert, it was delicious and lovely and light and was the perfect finish to the meal. My husband and I did not bother with coffee, as we continued drinking red wine for most of the evening.
After dinner we moved into the Stanford Room for the disco, where we chatted to Barry, Shirley, Derick and Lynda and danced the night away drinking red wine, whisky and Contreau and ice 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 2020, My husband and I went for breakfast in the Stanford Room. My husband had a full English breakfast and I had Eggs Benedict with tea and coffee. We chatted away with Barry, Shirley, Derick and Lynda 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 2021, we then said our farewells to the very attentive and caring staff of Salford Hall Hotel.
THANK YOU TO ALL THE STAFF AT SALFORD HALL FOR MAKING OUR NEW YEAR SO SPECIAL. less