We’re all still very much on a high from such an amazing first event. Saturday 11th June was the night that we had all been building up to and it certainly didn’t disappoint! The event was organised by the social committee for a group of junior medics, across three hospitals based in the South West. Rockbeare Manor had been chosen as the venue to host their Summer Ball – a well earned celebration for them all.
140 guests arrived from 6.45pm, greeted by the Rockbeare Manor team (and of course a chilled glass of Prosecco!). A close-up Magician wandered from group to group, captivating them all, whilst a harpist played under the archway of the South Pavilion.
It had been a bit cloudy all day with some showers, and so we were all so relieved that the guests could enjoy the drinks reception outside by the fountain. At the call for dinner you could see the excitement on everyone’s faces, keen to see what they were going to be eating that evening and they certainly seemed impressed when the starters arrived, a real feast, created by our dedicated kitchen team lead up by Head Chef Ben Upton, along with Troy Johnson. All the food at Rockbeare Manor is sourced locally in Devon, Somerset and the South West – always fresh, and organic where possible and prepared in our brand new fully equipped professional kitchen.
The menu for the evening:
Antipasti Sharing Boards
Milano salami, mortadella, prosciutto, chorizo, smoked chicken, Quickes Vintage Cheddar, basil pesto bocconcini, asparagus, marinated artichoke hearts, mixed olives and ciabatta
Dartmoor Ale marinated beef, Lyonnaise potato, roasted shallot and buttered spinach
Puff pastry tart stuffed with mozzarella, sun blushed tomatoes, pesto and pine nuts with a rocket salad
Trio of milk chocolate brûlée, dark chocolate brownie and white chocolate mousse
During dinner an artist created hilarious caricatures of those at the party – the atmosphere throughout the event was brilliant. Everyone was so friendly – a really fun bunch, and they all very much enjoyed themselves (our Strawberry Mojito’s and or Gin and Elderflower Fizz seemed to go down very well!).
Soon after dessert, and before the rest of the evening’s entertainment commenced, all the guests were invited to go around to the front of the house for a group photograph. Rockbeare Manor, and the acres of private parkland in front of it make the most memorable backdrops for any special occasion.
Then it was time to party!! The DJ began and from the start the dancefloor was packed, and the great tunes just kept on coming. Not only that, there was a chocolate fountain, stand up comedian, bucking bronco in the garden, and ‘Alfie’ the Black Cab Photo Booth which was busy all night capturing funny poses of those that jumped in!
So all in all – a huge success and so there are lots of smiling faces here at Rockbeare Manor. We love nothing more that welcoming people into a venue which we are very proud of, and at the heart of it, for us, it’s about listening to our clients in order to help them create an event that is extraordinary, that far exceeds any expectation that they had, and leaves all who attend positively ‘wowed’!
“I just want to say a really big thank you for Saturday night! Everyone had such a great time and really enjoyed themselves. Thank you for all of your effort and hard work and making sure that the night ran as smoothly and as stress-free as possible. I really did appreciate it greatly! Rockbeare Manor is a beautiful venue combined with such an incredible team!”
– Gabriella, Organiser.