Wedding breakfast @ Carlton Towers, North Yorkshire

Now I wouldn’t normally blog the food at a wedding, but it been suggested by the newlyweds and they very kindly gave me their permission. The food at a wedding is always a very important part of the day, and the wedding breakfast is one of the traditions of the celebration. I had been invited to a family wedding at Carlton Towers, a Grade I listed Gothic style, Victorian county house in North Yorkshire.

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The demands of a kitchen to produce memorable food, whilst being hot (serving every one at virtually the same time), cooked well and satisfying 100+ wedding guests is a tough job.

I was expecting a high standard of food and service, on the menu was a smoked salmon blini with creme fraiche and a dill and mustard dressing, followed by Carlton grazed fillet of beef with a thyme scone, dauphinoise potatoes and a burgundy and oxtail sauce and a trio of miniature desserts.

DSC_0731As customary wine was already on the table – a 2009 Cotes du Rhone and a Martín Códax, Albariño 2011.

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Waiting staff came and poured champagne for the toasts and brought a selection of bread to choose from. The starters came out, a plate of smoked salmon blini looked pretty as a picture.

Smoked salmon blini wth creme fraiche, a dill and
Smoked salmon blini with creme fraiche and a dill and mustard dressing.

They seemed to able to serve the whole room at a good pace, I’m a huge fan of smoked salmon and was very pleased when I saw this on the menu. A decent sized portion for a starter, it had lovely soft and creamy smoked salmon, the blini was slightly soggy from the creme fraiche, but had a very good flavour to it. The dill and the honey and mustard dressing complemented the salmon well, a well-thought out starter.

The wine was going down very well, I decided to go for red, mainly because I was having beef. The Cotes du Rhone was full bodied but not too overpowering, a good wine to suit lots of palletes.

Our second course was a fillet of beef, the beef was still pink in the middle (a feat much appreciated by myself and fellow guests), the potato dauphinoise tasted nice, the potatoes soft but for my taste could’ve done with more garlic and cream.

Carlton grazed fillet of beef with thyme scone, dauphinoise potatoes and a burgundy and oxtail sauce
Carlton grazed fillet of beef with thyme scone, dauphinoise potatoes and a burgundy and oxtail sauce

For desserts we were served a trio of miniature of desserts. The desserts were light but satisfying, my favourite was the sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce. Served warm, the sponge was really soft, the sauce sweet without being too sickly. You could taste the dates and the sponge was saturated in a lovely toffee sauce, not normally a dessert I would order out but it was fab!

Trio of miniature desserts - a vanilla panacotta with a raspberry jelly, a chocolate mousse and a sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce
Trio of miniature desserts – a vanilla panacotta with a raspberry jelly, a chocolate mousse and a sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce
Sicilian muscat
Sicilian muscat

There were a couple of little niggles on our table, but on the whole a very lovely wedding breakfast that the wedding party and wedding guests I’m sure would have enjoyed very much. I know I did!!!

Carlton Towers,
Carlton,
Yorkshire,
DN14 9LZ
01405 861 662
http://www.carltontowers.co.uk
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