fbpx

News

Meet our new apprentice!

We recently welcomed an apprentice to our catering team thanks to an exciting new partnership with Northumberland College.

Our Head Chef, Chris, was instrumental in recruiting Andrew Edwards to his team. His 15-month apprenticeship programme means he will work as a Commis Chef and will shadow Chris, who has many years of experience working to the highest standards within the industry.

Chris said: “I am really keen to help young people in the local area to progress. It’s great to have a new member of the team to train up and by providing live, hands-on experience in the hospitality sector it gives a great foot in the door for those wanting to progress.”

Andrew will learn about all areas of the industry, including catering for a variety of events, menu design and how to work with local fresh produce, something Chris strongly advocates. Andrew will also attend college one day per week to supplement his learning.

Andrew is delighted and said: “I’m much more hands on when it comes to studying and learning, so an apprenticeship was by far the best path for me to take. The team here are being very supportive and I’m really enjoying it.” 

Andrew will also have the opportunity to participate in the North East Culinary Trade Association (NECTA) Awards, a competition for the Hospitality & Catering Industry, in which Northumberland College takes part annually. This year the college won seven gold, five silver, five bronze awards as well as two Merit Awards, winning the overall competitions and College Champions for 2019.

Alan Oliver, Hospitality and Catering Lecturer, said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for Andrew and we are thrilled to be working with Ellingham Hall.

“Ellingham Hall is a fantastic local business and it’s wonderful to give our students the chance to learn from talented professionals to gain top-quality experiences. I am looking forward to collaborating with Andrew throughout his exciting apprenticeship and to further develop our links with Ellingham Hall.”

Our General Manager Anthony said: “It is vital that employers provide opportunities like this to the next generation and we’re fully committed to give young people like Andrew a chance to prove themselves.”

News

A Very Special Naming Day

At Ellingham Hall, we always like to think of our team as a family. So, we were delighted when we welcomed a new addition to our General Manager’s family late last year.

Anthony and his wife, Jane, decided to host their special naming ceremony at the Hall for their beautiful daughter, Theodora.

For everyone here, it was like welcoming a new member of our extended family and we had a wonderful day.

A stunning carousel at the front of the Hall greeted guests as they made their way to the Entrance Hall, where welcome drinks were available, before they headed to their seats for the ceremony.

One of Anthony’s family friends carried out the naming service for ‘Teddy’ who was the star of the show.

There was something for everyone during the day of celebration: children enjoyed the carousel, a bouncy castle, rustic tree houses and explored the grounds. An acoustic singer, magician and photo booth stand offered entertainment for the adults.

The Chapel was decorated by the Whole Sch-Bang event stylists in ivory and pale pink with bunting, silk tablecloths and stunning blossom trees and balloons. Imagery from the day couldn’t have been more perfectly captured by Phil Smith Photography.

Our Head Chef, Chris, and his team cooked and served a tremendous barbecue, while the sweet-toothed adults (and children, of course) were offered treats from the candy cart along with popcorn and candy floss.

Anthony said: “We had a great afternoon with friends and family, and I want to thank all of the suppliers who helped us to create this very special day.”

We can’t wait to welcome you and your family to Ellingham Hall. So, if you have a new addition, we’d be happy to make your day as special as Teddy’s!

Catering for celebrations for up to 140 guests, we offer a wide range of tailored catering and drinks packages to suit your occasion, from champagne, canapés, right through to buffets and fine dining.

Our Naming Day Sunday Afternoon Packages run from 2-5pm and are based on a minimum spend of £450 on food and beverages. No venue hire charges apply and dates are subject to availability.

To request our private hire enquiry pack, please call the team on 01665 568118 or email info@ellingham-hall.co.uk

News

Chefs Dish of the Month – July

Roasted Red Pepper and Plum Tomato Soup with Crispy Mozzarella Bon Bons and Pesto

 

Prep time – 20 mins

Serves – 8 persons

 

Ingredients:

10 x red peppers

10 x plum tomatoes on the vine

2 x shallots

1 x carrot

2 x cloves of garlic

200ml vegetable stock

16 x mini mozzarella

100g x panko breadcrumbs

10 x basil leaves

1 x clove garlic

25g x shaved parmesan

25g x toasted pine nuts

100ml x olive oil

 

Method:

 

  1. Roast pepper and tomatoes in a oven at 200°C until golden brown, then set aside to cool
  2. Fry carrot, garlic and shallot until soft, add vegetable stock and bring to the boil
  3. Mix in the roasted vegetables to the cooked vegetables and blend until smooth
  4. Dip the mini mozzarella in milk then into breadcrumbs and place in the fridge
  5. To make the pesto blend basil,garlic,parmesan and pine nuts together, then add a touch of olive oil and salt and pepper
  6. To serve bring the soup to the boil, deep fry the mozzarella balls until golden brown and drain on kitchen roll
  7. Place the balls on top of the soup then top with the pesto

 

About

Celebrating two National Awards

Celebrating two National Awards

We’re all celebrating at Ellingham Hall after being named runners-up at two prestigious National awards ceremonies.

Firstly, we were delighted to be named Highly Commended in the Best Independent Hotel/Venue category at the Corporate and Hospitality Show Awards 2019. Being the only North East venue shortlisted and competing against a large number of well-established and long-standing corporate venues, we were honoured to be recognised on such a national scale.

Our Corporate Sales and Marketing Manager Lynn said: “We’ve put in real effort to stand out in corporate hospitality.  The venue only re-launched in the corporate sector late last summer, so be recognised in such a short space of time is a great achievement for our team”.

We were also runners up in the National Weddings Awards’ UK Countryside Wedding Venue of the Year category.

Again, shortlisted as the only North East venue in its category, we flew the flag for the region and were praised for our commitment to our couples and the first-class service we provide.

Our Wedding Marketing and Communications Manager, Rachel, said: “We’re extremely proud to be named Highly Commended in this category. It’s a real achievement and a testament to the countless hours our Weddings Team puts into making each and every wedding experience as special as the last.

We also wanted to take the opportunity to thank everybody for their kind comments during the selection process and for taking the time to vote for the venue since the shortlisted was announced in March.”

These achievements follow 18 months of recognition in wedding awards.

Our General Manager Anthony is delighted with the success. He said: “We have enjoyed real success and it’s always fantastic to be recognised by our peers for our hard work.

“We keep on proving how good our attention to detail is when it comes to weddings, which is now extending to corporate hospitality. It’s amazing how quickly we have made an impact in that sector in less than a year.

“There is a considerable amount of competition in both sectors, and I am immensely proud of what we are achieving. Unlike large venues that have separate teams, we all pull together as a family here at Ellingham Hall, and I’m convinced that is what is getting us the recognition our team deserves. We care so much about our guests’ big occasions – whether that’s a wedding or corporate event – that they receive an unparalleled service.”

Events

Ellingham Hall helps attract delegates to seminar

Ellingham Hall helps attract delegates to seminar

Last month, around 90 delegates were welcomed to Ellingham Hall for an informative seminar, discussing intergenerational wealth and personal finance.

Sage Wealth Management along with Warcup Law Firm organised this joint event. The talks highlighted the importance of making wills and powers of attorney to help their delegates plan how to pass on their wealth to future generations and plan for long term care.

Michael Sage, Director of Sage Wealth Management, was delighted at the comments from delegates and said: “The hall catered for everything we needed, from the luxury entrance rooms, to the grounds outside, which we used to talk with clients in more detail afterwards. It was exactly what we wanted to allow us to host a presentation of this size.

Guests were welcomed with a selection of drinks and canapés in the entrance hall and then again on departure. The seminar itself took place in the Chapel, while the dining room and drawing room provided the perfect spaces for relaxing.

Mark Warcup, principal and owner of Warcup Law Firm said “I believe some guests may have chosen to come along to experience one of our events at Ellingham Hall. The grounds here are really lovely and its nice to give those local to the venue a chance to enjoy them.”

Ellingham Hall are able to cater for a range of exclusive, corporate events of all sizes. If you are planning something for your business, then contact a member of the Events team to find out how we can make your event a success too.

News

Chefs Dish of the Month – May

Bramley Apple and Blackberry Crumble with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream 

Prep time – 20 mins. 

Cooking time 40 mins.   

Ingredients:    

8 x Bramley apples

4 x punnets of blackberries

1 x clove

1 x tsp mixed spice

1 x tsp cinnamon spice

1 x tsp ground ginger

100ml x water

1 x vanilla pod

50g x brown sugar

100g unsalted butter

100g castor sugar

200g plain flour   

 

Method:  

  1. Peel and core the apples
  2. Place apples in a saucepan with all the spices, water and vanilla and bring to a simmer – cook until tender
  3. Take off the heat and add the blackberries so they slowly bleed into the apple mixture
  4. Meanwhile crumb the butter, sugar and flour together
  5. Place on a baking tray and bake the mixture in an oven for 15 mins at 160°C (until it looks like a large biscuit)
  6. Set aside to cool, then break up into small pieces for the crumble topping
  7. Take 8 large ramekins (or 1 large cake tin) and fill ¾ of the way up with apple and blackberry mixture
  8. Top with crumble, and place in an oven for 10 mins at 180°C
  9. Serve with either clotted cream or vanilla ice cream or both!  
News

We’re shortlisted in top national awards

We’re shortlisted in top national awards

We’ve been overwhelmed with the number of awards we’ve picked up over the past year. And now we’re being shortlisted for one of the UK’s top titles.

This week, we were told that Ellingham Hall will be vying for a coveted award in this year’s Conference & Hospitality Show (CHS) Awards.

We have been shortlisted as one of finalists in the Best Independent Hotel/Venue category which we have been advised was the busiest category.

The venue re-launched its Corporate offering last summer and received some fantastic feedback at their VIP Corporate Showcase in November.

Corporate Sales and Marketing Manager, Lynn Sanderson, said she was delighted to find out about the shortlisting at this week’s CHS expo in Leeds.

“We are the only North East venue shortlisted for this award,” she said. “We are delighted. There are only 11 venues who made the shortlist, so to be considered one of the best in the entire country is fantastic. We have developed some great relationships with corporate clients since our re-launch and their support with our award submission was greatly appreciated”

We’ll find out if we pick up the title at a glittering awards ceremony in Leeds on June 6, we are very excited to find out the result!”

News

Chefs Dish of the Month

Passion Fruit Crème Brûlée and Pine Nut Shortbread

Prep Time – 30 mins

Cook Time – 20 mins

 

Ingredients: (Serves 6)

1 pint double cream

8 x egg yolk

50g caster sugar

2 x vanilla pods

2 x teaspoons of sugar

2 x passion fruit (seeds only)

125g butter

55g caster sugar

180g plain flour

50g chopped pine nuts

 

Method:

  1. Heat the oven to 120°C
  2. Bring the cream and scraped vanilla pods to the boil
  3. Whisk eggs yolk with sugar until pale
  4. Slowly add the warmed cream to egg mixture, return to the pan and slowly bring to the boil
  5. Add passion fruit seeds and pour into 6 ramekins
  6. Place in a bain-marie and bake for 30 minutes until the cream and egg mixture has a slight wobble
  7. For the shortbread, cream the butter and sugar together
  8. Add the flour and rest for 10 minutes
  9. Cut out into finger shapes, prick with a fork and bake for 15 minutes
  10. Sprinkle sugar on the top of set Crème Brûlée and blow torch until sugar bubbles and turns brown
Events

Families had an ‘eggciting’ time!

We had a cracking day when families from across the region joined us to celebrate Easter at our Easter Eggstravaganza Family event.

Children from as young as two, up to twelve, had a fun-packed time and also got the chance to meet the Easter Bunny during the exciting day of activities.

Our chapel was the place to be for the obligatory egg decorating competition, and we received some fantastic entries from all age groups. We were delighted to award 11-year-old Gabriella as the winner with her fantastic peacock egg creation.

There were also seven different craft stations for the little ones (and, let’s be honest some parents too) to join in with, including paper plate decorating, Easter card making and build a bunny.

After a tasty barbecue lunch, the afternoon started with an Easter canvas making workshop run by Jayne Stafford from The Creation Station. There were many different designs with some parents helping little ones to use their painted hands and feet to create some fantastic images.

Face-painting was also on offer throughout the day and most children sported fun quirky designs thanks to Sue Parker at Painted Face.

Our young guests then got the chance to take part in a woodland egg hunt in our beautiful scenic grounds. They were joined by parents who helped them to work out the clues, hidden within eggs. Children had 6 coloured plastic eggs to collect, before returning them to the Easter bunny to receive a novelty chocolate egg.

Lynn Sanderson, Corporate Sales and Marketing Manager, said it was a great day.
She said: “The sun was shining, and we had a lovely time. There were lots going on and parents said they really enjoyed being here at the Hall because there was so much for their children to enjoy in a beautiful setting. This is our first family event this year at the Hall, and we are looking forward to our next event during the summer holidays.”

Photos from the day. Please click on the image to enlarge

News

Ben appointed as Head of Maintenance

We are delighted to announce that we’ve appointed Ben Larson as Head of Maintenance! Ben has been with us for four years and helps look after the grounds and Hall.

Ben was given the promotion from his job as Maintenance Engineer after our previous Head of Maintenance moved to new pastures.
We were very pleased when Ben said he would take the step up.

Ben, a local resident his whole life, has had a varied career including working as a ground worker, delivery driver and farmhand before coming to work at Ellingham Hall. Not only does he look after the Hall and grounds but also looks after its sister venue Lemmington Hall too.

We caught up with Ben to find out how he is finding his new role. He said: “I really enjoy working at Ellingham Hall. I love the fact every day is different. At the moment I’m fitting new door locks, but last week I was decorating three bedrooms and fitting new windows.
“It’s a lovely place to work, in fact it’s the best place I’ve worked. I fix most things along with the maintenance team, including plumbing. As well as the fabric of the building, we’re responsible for the security and safety of guests and staff here.”

As an essential part of the team that works behind the scenes, we were delighted when Ben agreed to be promoted. Like the rest of our family, he’s a hard worker and we are thrilled that he enjoys his work.