The pre-dinner speaker was warm, engaging and brief which is exactly what you need when you've not yet been fed and it is after 7pm!
We had a delicious 4-course menu.
Goats cheese tartlets
Beef medallion, mashed potatoes, green beans and gravy
Ginger creme brulee
Cheese and biscuits
I normally can't eat more than 2 courses, however the portion sizes were such that I ate 3 of the 4 courses (I had grapes instead of cheese and biscuits) without feeling over-full.
The goat's cheese tartlets were tasty, but nothing out of the ordinary. The beef main course was cooked well to suit the mass-catering nature of the event, and was accompanied by dark, wine-enriched gravy which pulled the whole thing together. I was (no-one will be shocked at this) most impressed with the creme brulee.
Normally I am the kind of person that does not like creme brulee messed about with. I do not like fruit included, I don't like fancy sauces etc etc. I am prepared to go back on that now. The ginger flavour was included in the thick, crunchy sugar topping and was warm, rich and a perfect foil to the cool, thick cream below. I stand corrected. Mr pastry chef - you did good!
If only all mass catering were like this!
Food: European classic
Price: No idea - this was a catered event!
Atmosphere: Tasteful decor that allows for a convivial atmosphere without being overpowering, swift and discreet waiting service