We had our wedding on 26th May at the Belle Époque.
Overall we had a fabulous day, the food was beautifully cooked and the staff were wonderfully attentive and cannot be faulted- particularly Albert and Claudio who are so lovely and so professional. The building and atmosphere is wonderful- it is very intimate and romantic.
Unfortunately wedding planner Collette took MAT leave during the run up to our wedding, it was taken over by Kelly who did not work weekends so misses the actual weddings- she does act as link person for relevant forms and payments.
The only regret for us is that we did not see samples of the evening food, sorbet or canapés. The sorbet which we ordered is not what I would class as sorbet- it was more of a mousse and was served in a shot glass. The canapés were tiny crackers with mousse apart from the tempura vegetables, which were lovely.
Most disappointing was the evening mini's, which were part of the package we selected; when it says mini they mean it- they were very small, more like canapés. The bacon rolls were rolls that looked like they had been cut into quarters, the fish and chip cones held about 3 chunky chips in them and the fish was similarly small- I didn't see the Welsh rarebit but I was informed by someone who managed to get a piece that it was a small strip of bread.
The food was circulated around the building, which is perhaps the reason why many people reported they didn't get any of the evening food. Most other people reported they tried one or two of the items but when you have paid for 70 + 40 evening guests to have 3 items of evening food and then 6 evening guests did not attend there should have been more than enough food for everyone.
People ended up bringing take alway food into the building (2 evening guests who had travelled from Bournemouth) others went out to look for food. This was such a shame and we really didn't realise the extent of this until speaking with people after the wedding- we have found it hard to understand how so few people had any food but as Bride and Groom you are so busy speaking to everyone.
The 3 course wedding dinner was lovely and beautifully cooked- we had sampled this in advance and the Belle Époque's reputation for wonderful food shines with this example. If I could do it again I would have skipped canapés & sorbet and put the money towards an evening BBQ after checking how much food a BBQ would provide- so that is my tip to potential future customers.
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- Also Known As:
- Belle Epoque Brasserie Knutsford
- Belle Epoque Knutsford, Cheshire