One Year since our Corporate Launch!

This September, we celebrated our first year since entering the corporate hospitality market. So we thought we’d chat to our Corporate Sales and Marketing Manager, Lynn Sanderson, who moved to Ellingham Hall last August to drive our move into the sector.


How long have you been in corporate hospitality?

I had worked in the hospitality industry for 7 years, from 2005 to 2012. I was a supplier to most venues in the North East, rather than working at a single venue. But I learned a lot about what goes on behind the scenes during that time.


What drew you to corporate hospitality?

To be honest, I fell into the sector by chance. I took a job with an events company and was tasked with providing a linen hire service to all hotels and venues within the region. I quickly developed excellent relationships with the venues and began supplying them with our full event services (not just linen). It is a very friendly and sociable industry, which I enjoyed, and it gave me great job satisfaction knowing that both my clients and the venues were impressed.


What is the first thing you’d advise anyone who is thinking of putting on a business event?

Planning is key! Allow enough time to properly plan the event and cover all bases. Also, factor in a contingency plan, as things don’t always run perfectly. You need to be clear on both the objectives of the event and what you want to get out of it.

There is also a need to have an event budget. This will help you to make certain decisions about the event and what you can afford to include

Finally, think about timings! This will help you determine a structure and who you may need to involve to help make the event a success. Put yourself in the shoes of your guests and imagine what their expectations would be if attending.


What made you decide to work for Ellingham Hall?

I worked with Ellingham Hall previously supplying event planning services for weddings and events. I developed very good relationships with the team and had a good knowledge of the venue. I had great memories and that, coupled with my love for the venue and great working relationship, encouraged me to go join Ellingham when I was offered the post. I had been out of the industry for 6 years, but during that time I had gained more transferrable skills, particularly in corporate sales development.


What is your favourite room at Ellingham?

This is a difficult one because I’ve seen significant improvements to the venue since returning last year. However, I think I would say the Chapel because this I feel is the biggest major change. Not only does the restored chapel still retain the major historic features, but it also now has a modern look and feel, which makes it more appealing to prospective clients. It is clever how the team made the best use of this space by adding a quirky mezzanine level, which leads out onto a rooftop terrace with stunning views. You could not access that area before the renovation and its added two extra spaces perfect for use for all occasions.


What do you like about working at Ellingham Hall?

It has to be the happy, relaxed working environment, which is key to getting the best out of people. The team constantly strives to improve the venue and the service levels offered. You can’t ask for more! You get a feeling that you’re a very important part of the team, no matter which position you have.


Chef’s Dish of the month – August

Plum Clafoutis and Clotted Cream

Cook Time – 20-30 mins

Serves – 8 persons



900g x British ripe plums

4 x free range eggs

1 x teaspoon of vanilla extract

2 x heaped tablespoons of plain flour

100g x whole milk

150g x double cream

50g x caster sugar

50g x flaked almonds

20g x clotted cream



  1. Pre heat oven to 160°C
  2. Grease the inside of the ramekins with butter then roll sugar around and coat well
  3. Cut each plum into 8 pieces and remove the stones
  4. Share the plum pieces out between all 8 ramekins or small pots
  5. Whisk eggs until fluffy, then add all the other ingredients and mix into a smooth batter
  6. Place ramekins onto a baking tray and fill them ¾ full with batter mixture
  7. Top with flaked almonds and place in an oven for 20-30 mins until they are cooked in the middle
  8. Take out of oven, cool then serve with clotted cream



LTG Award

Gobsmacked! Delighted! Amazed! That pretty much sums up how we felt when we were told that we’d been given another award.

This time, we’ve joined an elite club by picking up the top accolade by the Luxury Travel Guide.

We beat off competition from across the UK to be awarded Wedding Venue of the Year in the historic venue category.

It means we’ve joined some of the most recognised names in the wedding industry, which is a real feat for such a small venue.

Now we know we’ve won a lot of awards lately. And every single of one of them is as important as the last! Most of those we have entered have required feedback from our guests, so they mean the world to us because it shows us we’re doing the right thing.

We will never rest on our laurels, however. We’re always making sure we improve where necessary and do even better than we are doing in many cases.

Our clients’ feedback is always what we love to hear and is hugely important. But it is nice when industry peers tell us they love what we’re doing.

We would like to thank all our past guests and corporate clients for all their kind words and input that has helped us collect a string of awards this year.


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.”


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


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



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




  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



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.”


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.


Chefs Dish of the Month – May

Bramley Apple and Blackberry Crumble with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream 

Prep time – 20 mins. 

Cooking time 40 mins.   


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   



  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!  

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!”