We asked Cyril Eustice, Rosewarne Manor manager and wedding planner supremo, for his top tips to plan the ultimate foodie wedding …
Research a venue thoroughly, then research it again
Don’t assume that the quality of the wedding food will match the venues normal restaurant standard, cooking for 150 is very different to a usual night’s service. Extra checks now will ensure less stress later, take some time to make sure your venue is perfect in every way. Review sites such as TripAdvisor are always a good shout, but be wary that everyone has different tastes and preferences.
Check how much choice a venue can offer your guests
At Rosewarne Manor, we recommend four choices for guests in each course – this allows for two meat, one fish and a good vegetarian option when it comes to mains. Make sure the venue has a good selection to choose from – we have around 40 starters, 50 mains and an indulgent selection of puds to choose from, which ensures your wedding is unique and tailored to your individual tastes and preferences.
How fresh is fresh?
Any good restaurant, let alone foodie wedding venue, will prepare every meal fresh in its kitchen – always ask if the venue will be making everything from scratch. Not only will this mean better quality food, but it ensures guests with allergies are catered for too.
Nothing puts a downer on a wedding like food poisoning
It may sound simple, but you’re intrusting the kitchen staff with all your nearest and dearest, so make sure its food hygiene score is up to scratch. You can find every food establishment’s food hygiene rating here.
It’s not just about the food
No foodie wedding would be complete without impeccable service and friendly staff to make sure the day goes smoothly. The team in the kitchen is vital too, if you’re planning a wedding a year or two ahead, you’ll want to know that the venue has a stable team with a great reputation.