We had our wedding reception at The Grange on 1st July 2011 and it was absolutely perfect.
We looked round many different venues and decided on the Grange because of the location, price and the fact that I knew our wedding photos would be fantastic.
The owner, Vipal, took it upon himself to be at every meeting we had prior to our big day which we were really impressed by. They offer a few different wedding packages but we decided we would rather pay for each thing singularly as we had a friend doing our disco and another friend making our cake. The Grange were very accommodating and pretty much let us do whatever we wanted. The owner himself had loads of really good ideas which we were impressed by. The Grange are clearly very experienced with dealing with weddings. I (of course) was a very fussy bride and they delivered on request after request. The only thing they couldn’t do was have the chair ribbons we wanted, but they were happy for us to buy our own to match our colour scheme. They did have 5 different colours but as we had such an unusual colour they all clashed!
We used the Granges flower lady – Janice from Flowers with Flair and everyone agreed we had the best wedding flowers they had ever seen. She was simply fantastic, and we will be using her for our sisters weddings in the future.
We got married at our local Church and arrived at the Grange for 3.15pm. The Grange had put cones in front of the hotel so no one could park there so we were able to get some lovely pictures. We had Pimms and lemonade, and a fruit punch as our arrival drinks. A lovely waitress was waiting for us with the drinks. A bunch of staff worked efficiently to make sure all my guests had drinks quickly.
Starter: A fan of seasonal melon with a raspberry coulis
Main: Roast chicken, with roast potatoes, parsnips and stuffing, cauliflower and broccoli in a medium cheese sauce, honey glazed carrots and fine beans wrapped in leaks.
Vege Option: Mushroom tart with above potatoes and veg
Dessert : Strawberry cheesecake with a white chocolate sorbet
We had 95 guests, and everyone was so impressed with the food, even the people who were served last. It looked fantastic and tasted gorgeous. We had a chef as one of our guests who works in a Michelin star restaurant, and even he was impressed. We provided the Grange with our own wine (we were charged corkage), and instructed them to make sure everyone’s glass was always full, and boy did they manage this!
I only wish I could eat the meal again!
We were told that the staff would need an hour between finishing dinner and the room being ready for the disco, but this wasn’t a problem as everyone could either go in the garden (we did for more photos) or stay in the bar. In actual fact, it only took them about ½ hour to sort the room. We had hired the main room, and also another room so that guests who didn’t want to party could relax, and the staff moved some of the tables and table decorations in there and it still looked great. As well as a cake (which they kindly cut up for us) we had a chocolate tower. They stored our chocolates (we had 20 BIG boxes) for us the day before, and even though they told us we would have to set it up ourselves (bridesmaid job), one of the waitresses helped.
We didn’t stay at the hotel, as we wanted to actually leave so everyone could wave us off. The next day we came back to collect all our decorations and found that they had all been neatly packed up for us.
Thank you to Vipal and everyone at The Grange for making our special day so perfect. I highly recommend you for weddings and food to everyone.
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