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Q. Where can we enjoy a festive Cornish mini-moon?
A. Claire Ridley says: Editor of Your Devon & Cornwall Wedding Claire Ridley suggests enjoying a Scarlet Christmas. This Xmas, why not book a four-night, laid-back luxurious break at the adult-only hotel and spa, Scarlet? Located on the Cornish clifftops of Mawgan Porth, Scarlet is a peaceful coastal escape and the ideal option for those looking for a slower pace this festive season.
Guests are invited to relax in the hotel's lounges, soak up the coastal views, venture down to the beach for walks, pamper themselves in the spa and indulge in the finest festive food, including a five-course tasting menu on the night of arrival, daily two-course breakfast and a three-course, sea-view dinner on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day. Each night, guests will receive a specially selected gift and a special Scarlet hamper to take home on their departure.
On Boxing Day, guests can go for an invigorating dip, hosted by King Surf on the beach just a short walk from the hotel. For those who would prefer something warmer, why not enjoy a Clifftop Hot Tub, or Candlelit Copper Tub experience to round off this truly memorable Christmas getaway?
Why not make the most of those festive days between Christmas and New Year with a three-night stay at Scarlet? Guests can indulge in a spa treatment or experience, rest up in a sea-view bedroom with gifts delivered nightly and enjoy the mouth-watering dishes on the menu at the Scarlet Restaurant plus take home a special Scarlet hamper on departure. An invigorating sea dip taking place on 28th December at the nearby Mawgan Porth Beach will be hosted by King Surf.
Rates start from £2,670 for two people in a Just Right room for four nights from 23rd - 27th December 2022.
Rates start from £1,885 for two people in a Just Right room for three nights from 27th - 30th December 2022.
Claire Ridley, The Scarlet Hotel
Food, glorious food
Q. Can you suggest some ways for us to create a sustainable winter wedding menu?
A. Sarah-Jane Payne says: At West Country Caterers, we pride ourselves in embracing both seasonal and local produce wherever possible. Our suppliers are all based in the West Country which minimises the food travel time. Our menus are designed around using local suppliers and embracing a very British style. Food at this time of the year needs to be warming and packed with flavour. Winter vegetables and herbs from our garden add to the flavour of our home-cooked fayre. We pride ourselves in using suppliers that help to reduce our carbon footprint but still supply great local produce of the best quality.
A sample menu for a winter wedding would be caramelised red onion tart with West Country goat's cheese, Red Ruby Exmoor beef in beer served with a selection of seasonal vegetables, our own sticky toffee pudding recipe for dessert teamed with homemade ice cream, and coffee and Devonshire fudge to finish.
Sarah-Jane Payne, West Country Caterers
Food glorious food
Q. Can you give us some menu ideas for our upcoming micro wedding?
A. Sarah-Jane Payne says: I have created some menu ideas to make a smaller wedding day memorable, especially for couples who have had to downsize their celebration this year.
I have created a special silver service-style menu that includes the hire of all staff, a drinks service and the use of stylish crockery and glassware. The dishes include seared smoked salmon with avocado salsa, pea shoots and sweet chilli sauce, fillet steak served on a Portobello mushroom, wild mushroom risotto and pan-fried sea bass. Guests with a sweet tooth will love the trio of desserts including crème brûlée, chocolate cheesecake with a cherry compote and meringue topped with mango and passion fruit. Coffee and mints are also included, and we can add a selection of six canapés for each guest served before the wedding breakfast which is usually a choice of two meat, two fish and two vegetarian ones.
At West Country Caterers, we can meet any dietary requirements, and delicious vegetarian and vegan options can be discussed at the time of choosing your dishes. We have considerable experience catering for all types of weddings so if formal dining is not what you require, we can provide a romantic picnic served from luxury hampers for guests to enjoy outdoors, seated on rugs. Street food such as paella is another option, and so is a barbecue with salad, all of which can be served to guests seated at their tables.
Sarah-Jane Payne, West Country Caterers