LATEST NEWS FROM LANGRISH HOUSE
The biggest excitement last year was the building of the new Wedding Bothy so that we can now hold Wedding Ceremonies outside. It was finished just in time to be Licensed on the 31st August and we have ALREADY had 2 very special outside weddings there. The view over the lake is wonderful and the sound of bird song, a perfect backdrop. My Siamese cat made a surprise appearance in the middle of one of the weddings as she trotted past all the guests on her way to do a spot of hunting.
Boring but important! We have upgraded our television aerials, the telephone system, the electrics and the fire alarm. All vital things (and believe me, very expensive) but, alas, there is nothing obvious to show for the outlay.
Keith Kitcher, our wonderful Head Gardener, continues to work miracles in the gardens and keeps the place looking fantastic. In November, he and his wife Shirley, celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary with a family dinner here. When asked for the secret to such a long, happy marriage, Keith said ‘Plenty of give and take’ and Shirley said ‘Lots and Lots of patience!’ Excellent advice for us all.
Head Chef Nathan Marshall, (who has a Michelin star background), has been performing miracles in the kitchen too. He and his team are producing wonderful food and we are all enjoying the happy feedback from our guests.
In November we held a Village Party at Langrish House to mark a very special centenary. On 14th September 1914, Ernest Horlock, who lived with his parents in Laundry Cottage next door to the house, was awarded the VC for conspicuous bravery at Vendresse. As his parents had worked for Nigel’s great grandparents we felt incredibly honoured to be able to help commemorate such a remarkable Langrish man.
Tonga, the ‘guard dog’, has recovered from her illness and appears to be in good health but is now on borrowed time. She continues to greet guests with enormous pleasure and makes a much better ‘Greeter’ than Guard Dog!
We have an exciting year ahead and we do hope to see you at Langrish House soon.
Nigel, Robina and the team.
Dear Friends of Langrish House
We took full advantage of the glorious summer and thoroughly enjoyed watching our guests relish the gardens. As I write, beautiful autumn leaves – yellow, gold and red – still cling to their branches providing an unusual backdrop to the Rosemary Foundation Lights of Remembrance shining in front of the house.
In August a group of local students, led by Jack Sheeran, made a brilliant and very professional film here. It was called ‘Prime Motive’ and set in 2015. We were thrilled to be invited to watch it and enjoyed seeing our house transformed into MI5 and hosting the ‘Prime Minister’! (See full details below)
We had a group here for a gloriously sunny Yoga Weekend when guests were able to do their ‘stretches’ on the lawn. We had a tremendous visit from the Bentley Drivers’ Club and were proud to have been the venue for a ‘Thank You’ party given by the village for nonagenarian, John Hopewell, who has done so much for the community.
Our Manager, Andy Foot, left us last Autumn to pursue his career. After six months away he reconsidered and to everyone’s delight returned here in March!
Tonga the guard dog has had a bad time… She developed an auto-immune disease that attacked her eyes. One eye had to be removed but the sight in the other was saved by massive doses of steroids. We are grateful that she is, for the moment at least, back to her old self, but whilst on steroids she spent all day drinking and all night waking us up to let her out!
As to refurbishment… We are always painting rooms – replacing carpets and curtains – but this year we have also upgraded the passageway to the Hideaway and – MOST exciting – have ordered lots of new armchairs for the bedrooms!
The kitchen is now in the brilliant hands of Nathan Marshall, who arrived here from a Michelin Star background at the end of September. His food is drawing extremely happy comments from our diners, which, of course, gives pleasure to us all.
Nigel and I were much enjoying an evening at the East Hampshire Business Awards at Old Thorns in October when we were overwhelmed to be presented with a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’. Proof, if ever it were needed, that we have a hard working and truly dedicated team behind us.
With best wishes Nigel and Robina Talbot-Ponsonby
17th October: Langrish House owners, Nigel and Robina Talbot-Ponsonby received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the East Hampshire Business Awards 2013. Pictured here left to right: Cllr. Ferris Cowper, Leader East Hampshire District Council, Nigel and Robina Talbot-Ponsonby, Damian Hinds, MP for East Hampshire.
We are very proud of this film, Prime Motive, much of which was shot on location at Langrish House by local students … We think they were all brilliant!
Set in 2015, a year after the referendum for Scottish Independence – which has failed. A group of Scottish extremists decide to take direct action to secure their nation’s independence.
Jack Sheeran – Prime Minister.
Tom Mason – Leroy (Head of Mercenary’s)
Hattie Field – Emma (Head of MI5)
Henry Williams – Toby (Head of Police)
Alex Yelland – Malcolm (Secretary of State for Scotland)
Abi Knee – Prime Minister’s Wife & MI5 Agent.
Will Cummings – Svet (Mercenary 2nd in Command)
and also: Will Stratford, Spencer Lawrence, Jess McCluskey, Huon Mackley, Jed Simpson, Alice Hiller, Zoe Pringle, Sophie May Baker, Jemima Tyssen Smith, Elizabeth Hourahine, Joe Topp & Joel Knee.
CREW and Production Team:
Jack Sheeran – Producer
Charlie Essex – Director
Johnny Street – Soundman
Joe Spong – Cameraman
Josh Vest & Jack Sheeran – Scriptwriters.
Joel Knee – Composer
Joe Topp – Music Producer
Jess McCluskey – Costume
Friday 18th October is Italian Day at Langrish House. Click here for details or call Laura on 01730 266941.
We have two of our very popular Dinner Lectures this Autumn. Our first is on Thursday 24th October: “The Gilt Before The Guillotine”, Life in 18th Century France by Christylle Phillips and on Friday 29th November, Douglas Skeggs returns to Langrish House with an illustrated talk on Venice. These evenings sell out very quickly, so please call early to reserve your place.
JUNE 2013 We are very proud to have won “BEST RESTAURANT” Award in the Petersfield Food & Drink Awards 2013 – for the second year running. Thank you to everyone who voted for us!
JUNE 2013 We are having a stall at the Petersfield Festival of Food & Drink on 15th and 16th June at Queen Elizabeth Country Park. We do hope you will join us at this event where we are planning a few surprises for you! All proceeds from the Festival this year go to the wonderful Rosemary Foundation, Hospice at Home charity.
APRIL 2013 Results are out for the second Wedding Industry Experts Awards, and we are delighted to announce that Langrish House won the “Best Small Wedding Venue in Hampshire” award, coming third overall in the UK and taking an amazing 7th place in the World!
The awards are an annual competition recognizing some of the most popular wedding professionals at a local, national and international level. Voting commenced on April 23rd and concluded on April 30th.
This year wedding professionals from 29 countries participated in seventy categories. Supporters voted on our page set-up at WeddingIndustryExperts.com. We sincerely appreciate the support we have received from past and current guests, family and friends. Thank you to everyone who voted for us.
Our new menu is out! Take a look at some of the delicious dishes we have for you this Spring all photographed by the very talented Chris Pearsall who we would like to thank for his patience. We are very pleased with the results!
FEBRUARY 2013 Our first “Tea Party With Hats” was a great success thanks to Rachel Drewer who shared her secrets on how hats are made, putting together an occasion outfit and choosing the perfect hat. She talked about her inspirations and the adventure she took to become a millinery designer. We all had the opportunity to try on a range of hats and discover their elegant and flattering forms and, of course, enjoy a delicious cream tea. Let us know if you are interested in attending this event in the future!
What a Summer! The rain has certainly kept the lawn green and growing, but wonderful Head Gardener Keith Kitcher has kept on top of it somehow! We have also planted a small orchard… (but this has not proved a good year for fruit!)
During our January closure we built a new BRASSERIE BAR in the Vaults – guests may now enjoy a lighter menu in the evening if they so wish. We also put down further acres of new carpet!
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
We celebrated the QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE in style! Thanks to our family archives, we know exactly what happened at Langrish House in June 1897 for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and decided to replicate it for this Jubilee. On Tuesday 5th June nearly 170 villagers assembled on the lawn for a 60 gun salute at 12.00 noon precisely. After every volley of 20 shots we sang the first verse of the National Anthem and had a loyal toast! The weather remained dry (but cold) for the salute but immediately afterwards the Heavens opened and it poured. Undeterred and undaunted, Langrish Village continued to party for a couple more hours!
We have hatched six Guinea Fowl eggs so now have a total of 10. The chickens are well and have been joined by a couple of Runner Ducks. The ducks, at least, have had a wonderful Summer and relished the rain! Do not worry – none are destined for the menu – nor alas, thanks to stringent rules from Brussels, are their beautiful eggs!
The lawn sported a massive marquee a couple of times this ‘summer’. One was for a wonderful (sunny) wedding when we had the pleasure of the resident pianist from the Ritz playing for the Bride and Groom and the other occasion was for ARRK Engineering who held a huge party to showcase a new £1.4 million machine tool.
Best Restaurant Award
Our 5 Chefs are all working hard and have a new – super – stove on order so should be very happy! Frederick’s Restaurant with its 2 AA Rosettes for fine dining was delighted to win the BEST RESTAURANT Award at the Petersfield Food Festival in June. Lynda Bellingham, the OXO advertisement lady, came to stay for the Festival and very much enjoyed her time here (and the food)!
Escape to the Country
We have also had ‘ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY’ film crew and Nicki Chapman here. They were filming in the garden and Tonga the Labrador did her best to join in!
We are now a designated Charge Point for the ELECTRIC BICYCLE NETWORK for the South Downs. Drop in to charge your battery and enjoy a cup of coffee (or more) at the same time!
Christmas is now on the horizon – and we have some terrific Special Events.