Ok so I have to admit I am a little biased regarding the title. I hope everyone has the most wonderful experience at their wedding and it was most certainly the case for ours at Auberge du Lac, Brocket Hall on 7th July 2018. We were late planners regarding the wedding, when my partner proposed to me after being together for 25 years in February.
We knew we wanted an intimate wedding for a party of our closest friends and family. As many of our guests were travelling from Scotland, Ireland and Spain we originally looked at venues in boutique hotels in London, but nothing matched our hopes for a stunning venue which could deliver a fine dining experience. Having exhausted our list of possible venues we thought that perhaps Auberge du Lac could accommodate us, but with the only downside that there may be other guests in the restaurant. We know the venue well, having enjoyed many visits on special ocassions over the last 15 years. We arranged to visit to see what was possible and were met by Molly Tello the wedding and event coordinator and Pedro the maitre d’ at the time. Excitement grew as we discussed the options and we realised that exclusive use of the venue for 30 guests was an option. Molly suggested that we use the wine cellar for the ceremony itself, the terrace outside overlooking the lake for the drinks reception and the main part of the dining room for the meal, with the front part set up with a dance floor for the disco afterwards. We really hadn’t thought all that would be possible and it took us very little time to make our decision to hold our wedding there and agree the date. Molly also arranged a pianist for the ceremony, the disco afterwards and the most stunning flowers by Kim (the florist who supplies Brocket Hall). Rooms were unavailable on the estate for the weekend we had booked, so Molly coordinated the booking of 12 rooms, for us and those staying overnight with Luton Hoo (reviewed separately) and the transport between the venues for us and our guests. I can completely recommend Molly as a wedding coordinator who is friendly, warm, welcoming, professional and above all organised!
Before we knew it it was time to meet with Matt Edmonds the chef, whom we knew from previous meals at Auberge, to discuss the menu and wines. Matt simply asked us to tell him what ingredients we wanted to incorporate in the meal and he would develop a menu, with wine pairings around our choices and budget. All we asked was that he blow us and our guests away with his food and the wine pairings..no mean task!
When we visited in June For our tasting, we were indeed blown away...
Matt had developed a 9 course tasing menu with individual wines matched to each course, which was outstanding and we immediately agreed was absolutely perfect for our day. This was also when we met Nelson for the first time, he was the new Maitre d’ at Auberge. We had such high expectations from our warm relationship with Pedro, the previous Maitre’d that we may have made him a bit nervous! However we immediately saw his professionalism and desire to make this the best experience for us and our guests.
And so to the day itself. Molly was on hand to oversee everything and make sure all ran smoothly. The venue was beautiful, perfectly prepared by the Auberge and Brocket Hall team. The Wine cellar was an intimate and characterful venue for the ceremony itself. The weather was beautiful and we mingled with our guests on the terrace overlooking the lake and the main house, drinking Rose Champagne and enjoying delicious canapés. We have so many awesome photographs from those moments.
Then in restaurant terms, it was time for the main event. I know tasting menus are outside some people’s comfort zones, so I was hoping our guests would enjoy it as much as we knew we would. I can honestly say that over a three hour period we all enjoyed the finest food and wine anyone could hope for at a wedding (or indeed at an intimate fine dining experience for two). 9 courses including: heirloom tomatoes, Weymouth crab, asparagus and prosciutto, crayfish bisque with crispy chicken wing (to die for), fois gras, scallops, sumptuous turbot, mouthwatering filet of beef and a desert which I can’t begin to spell but looked and tasted amazing.
I can still remember the presentation and taste of all those courses as I write this review. Matt was desevedly applauded by our guests for what I know was some of the finest food they had ever tasted. He fulfilled the brief we gave him...he (and his team in the kitchen) blew us away.
I can’t end this review without mentioning Nelson and the front of house team. Their service of wine and food was immaculate. Glasses filled, plates presented and cleared with perfect timing and aplomb. For us, the way food is served is every bit as important as the food itself.
If you are still reading this (thank you!). I hope you get a feel for why, for us, this was the most wonderful wedding. The evening ended with speeches, cake cutting, dancing and a few more glasses of champagne on the terrace. My only regret was that for us it all passed too quickly, but I think that’s a common experience.
We have the most wonderful memories thanks to Molly, Matt, Nelson and their teams. We could not have asked any more from them, they gave us everything we could have hoped for and more.
And you know the best thing, as Auberge is only 15 minutes from home, we can go back anytime we want to rekindle those memories, by tasting the wonderful food and experienceing the excellent service they provide. How lucky are we!
See you soon guys!
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