As Mere Brook photographers we were delighted to be invited to attend the special Burns Night event recently, celebrating Scotland’s revered bard and poet. A perfect combination of enjoying food, good company and photography! It was our first time at a Burns night and it was thoroughly enjoyable. Plenty of tartan evident in the decor too.
We were also commissioned to capture some images on the night too, snapping for our supper! Archie Peat said the Selkirk Grace and then the gastronomic evening commenced! For starters there was a prawn and scampi salad or cock-a-leekie soup After this the haggis, carefully carried in by chef, was piped in by the band and toasted in true Scot’s style by Archie A tasty second course of haggis tatties and neeps was then served
The meal continued, in Mere Brook House way being served in the kitchen. As always could sample a some of everything and go back for seconds! Fare on offer was Slow cooked beef stew, more haggis, salmon, roast potatoes, carrots red cabbage and other accompaniments – all delicious. For those that had room …oh always leave some room! – there was sticky toffee pudding, drambuie trifle and Cranachan with scottish raspberries …scrumptious! Sorry was so enjoying the puds forgot to photo!
Final Burns Night Toasts
To end we had amusing toast to the laddies from Archie and a storytelling reply from our host Lorna Of course the tipple of whiskey went down well before our coffees. Finally a fare well from Archie with the Holy Willie’s Prayer to end an entertaining evening
Mere Brook House ticketed events are always extremely popular so book early to avoid disappointment The link will show their diary of events – next up on Thursday 21st Feb 2019 is a French inspired menu Don’t miss out !
Have you been to any Mere Brook House Events? Do you know about this welcoming Edwardian country house? Its a real gem set in the Cheshire countryside. A five star Edwardian country house venue. It has extensive gardens , almost 4 acres with its beautiful trees, quirky little statues dotted around and the brook it is named after.
Mere Brook House Weddings
Mere Brook House is also available for business meetings, special events such as anniversaries and of course elegant relaxed weddings You can check out a wedding we covered at Mere Brook House this summer Plenty of opportunities and locations for Mere Brook House wedding photography – we liked the swing and cute rustic garden shed too.
Mere Brook House Guest Rooms
There are 8 bed and breakfast rooms, all en-suite rooms and each unique. Luxury and comfort combined. Ideal for Bride to get ready here with her maids before a wedding. There are beautiful gardens – lawns, woodland, paddock and brook for guests to enjoy a break in. Perfect also for those group shots and bride and groom portraits.
Mere Brook House Events
Also popular are their Ticketed Events, generally occurring spring and autumn seasons. We went to the pudding extravaganza last May. It was fabulous with a light main and 12 puddings to sample – all delicious. It was hard to select our top 3. Good topic of conversation with fellow dining guests. Such a memorable relaxed evening and perfect for Sandy as a cake fan!
These events recommenced again in September. – we have since been to a street fusion BBQ meal and an Italian Evening Previous events also included afternoon tea, an Indian meal and a polish menu – ooh hope they do that one again Their ethos is good home cooking in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Guests are invited to come hungry and to leave full – seconds always available!
They utilise much of their own grown food from their vegetable garden. They have their own delicious honey, apple juice and Mere Brook cider and home made shortbread is one of their specialities. Hampers are available for Christmas – ideal foodie presents, supporting local business
The Christmas event in December is already a sell out ..why not try the event in January 2019 which will be a Burns night! Booking is essential with Mere Brook House. You will be sure of a wonderful evening.