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Murder at the Manor

Published on October 8, 2015
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Yeah, there’s some cracking murder mystery parties to look forward to, but there’s also some fab festive feasting to be found at Rosewarne Manor this Christmas


Picture the scene: You’re sitting around a makeshift table, knees rubbing against great Auntie Ethel, facing a plate of cumbly turkey, cardboard stuffing and over-done sprouts. Not this year my friend! We’re waving goodbye to disappointing dinners and saying hello to Rosewarne Manor’s festive line-up.

With a calendar bursting with glitzy parties and festive events, and a tempting Christmas menu available throughout the season, the picturesque country house in Hayle is pulling out all the stops this winter. Head chef Phil Thomas and his team are busy sourcing an abundance of top quality Cornish ingredients and masterminding tempting festive dishes for the merry guests over the coming months.

Should you decide not to get your hands dirty this year, you could be tucking into West Country turkey with chestnut seasoning, kilted sausages and pan gravy. Or, if you fancy breaking tradition, there’s Terras Farm duck breast, duck leg bonbon, red cabbage, roast pear and juniper, and grilled fillet of turbot, Cornish shellfish broth and lobster and ravioli to choose from.

Of course, Christmas isn’t all about the food, the parties are just as important. And with its grand setting, it’s no surprise the manor hosts murder mystery parties, sometimes it’s the classic Cluedo soiree, and occasionally something a little different, like the Poldark event (sadly no chiselled Cornish hunks included). Over a sumptuous three course meal, guests put their detective skills to work while mingling among fellow diners –some actors, some genuine- and at the end of the evening dessert is served with a whodunit conundrum.

The first Christmas Murder Mystery night is set to take place on November 28, kicking off the Christmas party menu which runs right up to Christmas Eve, with a special menu on Christmas Day. Guests can get cosy among Christmas trees and roaring fires, while the award winning chefs put in the hard work in the kitchen.

Think we’ll be bypassing the supermarket chaos and heading straight down to Cornwall this Christmas.

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