LATEST NEWS FROM LANGRISH HOUSE
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.