The View From The Salthouse
A new baby on its way is one of the greatest causes for celebration, but organising an event that will please a large and diverse group of people can be difficult!
When my best friend announced her pregnancy earlier this year, I immediately thought ‘I better start planning the baby shower!’. With the baby due not long after the festive period, it made sense to organise the event for early December (before the majority of the guests said goodbye to their hard-earned money on Christmas gifts!). With a guest list of 14; ranging from grandmothers to teenagers, finding somewhere suitable to celebrate could have been a real challenge.
Fortunately, I had previously visited The Salthouse for afternoon tea with a friend, and knew the spread they put on was the envy of establishments in the area. I sent an email to The Salthouse enquiring about prices and availability, and received a very helpful response confirming the date and time I required, along with a price for the perfect package. Often, if you book an event for a large group, a venue will require a deposit to confirm the booking – luckily, I was saved the stress of having to co-ordinate this as a deposit was not requested. Relief could take over – the hard part was done!
Upon arrival at The Salthouse on the day of the celebration, I was thrilled to see a beautifully-laid table across a large area of the restaurant – nothing worse than being crammed into a corner of the room when you are the largest group there! We were able to decorate the table with balloons and accessories and had a good amount of time to do so before the mother-to-be arrived; perfect to ensure no last-minute dilemmas.
We were handed the menus prior to ordering our drinks, and the extremely helpful and friendly waiting staff explained that hot drinks were unlimited, and every food item on the menu would be included in our teas. One of the party was a vegetarian (and also pregnant!), which posed no issues to the kitchen as they prepared her her own selection of vegetarian- and bump-friendly foods to dine on.
The food was amazing; with all the party commenting on how beautifully presented and tasty the spread was. Smoked salmon finger sandwiches, decadent chocolate brownies, zesty lemon meringue tarts and fresh cream scones all featured on the substantial cake stands laid out for us – only two managed to polish theirs off!
We were blown away by the attentive service we received alongside incredible food: nothing was too much trouble, and we left feeling thoroughly spoilt. Most importantly, the mother-to-be had a wonderful time, and we will certainly be back (baby in tow!) for more.