28. April 2011 12:57
"Better tapas than Spain.."
We had a wonderful evening of tapas and Spanish music last week and to top it all one of the Spanish musicians 'Synergy' who provided the entertainment said it was "..better tapas than I had all last month in Spain". What a complement!
As you can imagine it was very busy evening in the kitchen with all hands on deck but even the staff had a great time. I love the challenge of organising this type of event, experimenting in the preceding weeks with new recipe ideas, sourcing as many of the ingredients as possible from Shropshire, then the team pulling everything together on the night to ensure all of our guests enjoy themselves. It's stressful but a lot of fun.
Just in case you didn't manage to join us we've put a little video together to show you what you missed. Take a look at our Events page to see what's coming up soon. We'd love to see you again.
14. April 2011 13:49
A few months ago we wrote about how winter was affecting The Hundred House gardens. Now we’re well into spring and even having a few summery days the gardens are in full bloom so we thought it was time we gave you a little update.
Take a relaxing wander along ‘Lovers Walk’ and you’ll be greeted by a myriad of colours and scents.
The first things to catch your eye as you enter the gardens are the wild cherry trees in full blossom. Then as the path meanders around the flower beds and ponds you’ll be see the aquilegia coming through, primroses, cowslips, penny royal and euphorbia.
The hellebores have flowered magnificently but are now going over, as are the early daffodils; however, the Lily of the Valley are about to bloom and the roses are showing signs of vigorous growth.
Fortunately, we’ve now wheeled out the garden seats so feel free to take a break. You could even bring a sketch book or camera to capture the majesty of the pond’s skunk cabbage in full bloom or the herbaceous border that is showing signs of limitless colour for the rest of the season.
In the herb garden we’re now cutting sorrel, marjoram and variegated lemon balm for the kitchen. But it hasn’t all been plane sailing. Sadly, winter devastated the rosemary and seriously curtailed the sage so we’re now replanting. All our bay trees were totally burnt off by frost and have been cut down to ground level in the hope they will re-grow.
On a brighter note the vegetable patch is looking very healthy as vegetables should. Chives are in abundance with last year’s Italian parsley, carrots, leeks and little gem lettuce coming up.
Next time you’re visiting The Hundred House Hotel for a cream tea, lunch or early summer’s evening meal, allow a little extra time for a stroll around the gardens and Lovers Walk to enjoy the beauty nature has to offer.