The Art of Dining turns dining into an art form…
The unique duo that comprises The Art of Dining have, once again, treated and captivated guests with a wonderful sensory-dining experience.
The setting this time round was Sutton House, a lavish and opulent 15th century Tudor home. The National Trust property was built 1535 and is dripping in traditional oak-paneled rooms, mullioned windows and open fires, the perfect backdrop to this opulent night.
The evening started with a warming mulled cider and the opportunity to have a leisurely wander through the house. The dining room was lavishly dressed with an eye catching centrepiece sculpture with skulls, burning candles soap bubbles and decaying flowers – an homage to the Vanitas genre reminiscent of the late Renaissance.
Chef Ellen Parr designed a superb menu, a five course modernized concept of a traditional Tudor feast.
To start there was a succulent Vietnamese style roast quail, sans cutlery, with warm finger bowels, an all round hands on dish that was perfectly executed, and heavenly to eat.
The anchovy butter and radish salad was light while the cold garlic and almond soup was crisp and palate cleansing. The main course, mixed poached meats with garlic fruits, provided an insightful glimpse into the feasts of years gone by. The meal was finished off in appropriate festive style – pears poached in wine with a delicious bay leaf ice cream.
There was a great selection of wines available to order to further accompany the meal and vegetarians can breathe easy as they provide an altered menu to accommodate everyone’s needs.
The evening overall was decadently delicious, rich in character and colour. The mood was fantastic and the buzz in the air was palpable. It’s not often I say this but an evening spent with the team from The Art of Dining is something everyone simply has to experience.
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Tickets are £55 per person.