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GALA DINNERS - ON LAND
For that extra special event, Go West can arrange an unforgettable evening as you enjoy a gala dinner in some of the most prestigious venues in the British Isles. Below are just three examples of what we can offer in famous British castles.
Gala Dinner at Glamis Castle
Glamis Castle, Childhood Home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, is set in the rolling hills of Angus, approximately 20km from the North Sea, in an area of considerable ancient history. From the 14th century the castle was connected with the Royal Family. And from the very beginning it was connected with lots of myths and legends starting with Macbeth, Grey Lady and the Secret Room. You can listen to these stories during a sightseeing tour of the Castle.
From the moment you are greeted by the Castle piper and step inside this fascinating building you will experience the warmest of Scottish welcomes and hospitality. A gala evening at Glamis will remain a treasured memory with you long after the event.
Sample Gala Evening
The Glamis Welcome
After your guests have been driven down the mile-long majestic avenue, they will receive a traditional Scottish welcome from the castle piper (optional).
Reception in the Drawing Room
Entertain your guests - as the Strathmore family has done for generations - with pre-dinner hospitality in the warmth and elegance of the 17th Century Drawing Room.
Your guests will be enchanted by the magic of Glamis as they set off on a private tour of the State Rooms and Royal Apartments before dinner.
Basking in the rich glow of a roaring log fire, your party will enjoy the finest local produce and Scottish cuisine in the panelled splendour of the Victorian Dining Room.
Personalised Place Settings
Menus and place cards embossed with the Strathmore family crest will be personalised to suit the occasion.
Adding to the magnificent setting will be silver candelabra arrangements combining the seasonal flowers and foliage from the Castle gardens.
A selection of after-dinner liqueurs, brandy and The Strathmore malt whisky can be served at the end of the evening (optional).
Gift from Glamis
Ensure that the memory of Glamis remains by presenting your guests with the castle's beautifully illustrated guidebook. Other gifts are available at extra cost.
As a spectacular finale, we can arrange a Pipe Band to perform the Beat the Retreat ceremony in front of the floodlit Castle.
Kingmaker's Medieval Feast at Warwick Castle
Overlooking the River Avon, Warwick Castle in the historic town of Warwick is located in the heart of England. The history of Warwick Castle began in the 10th century, since when it has played a very important role throughout English history. Now it is arguably Britain's greatest medieval fortress.
We invite you to spend wonderful evening experiencing the life of the medieval knights.
Join the Kingmaker's household as the Earl's loyal followers prepare for battle by celebrating the occasion in spectacular glory. Extra places are set at the Earl's table, where you can take your place alongside the Earl's great army for an evening of merriment, delicious food and free flowing wine and beer.
The year is 1471 and you are preparing to face the Yorkists in tomorrow's battle for supremacy. The evening begins when you are led into 'Kingmaker' where Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick and his busy household are making last minute preparations for battle. See the Blacksmith hard at work forging new shoes for the Earl's warhorse, walk through the Carpenter's workshop and see the Seamstresses at work.
Then the troops are rallied up for the festivities taking place. Wine and ale flowing freely amongst the tables gets the evening off to a great start before your five course feast is served.The celebrations include plenty of tales, music, singing and revelry, but when the evening draws to a close, will you decide to march for glory with the Earl?
Medieval Banquet at Stirling Castle
One of Scotland's grandest castles due to its imposing position and impressive architecture, Stirling Castle commands the countryside for many miles around. It towers over some of the most important battlefields of Scotland's past including Stirling Bridge, the site of William Wallace's victory over the English in 1297, and Bannockburn, where Robert the Bruce defeated the same foe in the summer of 1314.
Upon arrival you will be welcomed by a piper and the representative of one of the clans. Then Enter the Chapel Royal through an imposing doorway in Italian renaissance style. The room is beautifully decorated with a painted frieze depicting the Honours of Scotland and a wooden ceiling - a beautiful room with intricately painted walls and a wooden vaulted ceiling. Welcome drinks and canapes will be served here followed by the short sightseeing of the castle.
Then you will be invited to the Great Hall, Scotland's largest medieval banqueting hall, which has recently been restored to its 16th century splendour. It is now considered to be one of Scotland's most prestigious banqueting venues comprising a hammer beam roof and high table fit for a King and Queen. Dinner will be served here. After dinner guests can return to the Chapel Royal for dancing.
During the course of the evening, guests can enjoy either a tour of the Castle, focusing on the external architecture, or if the weather is poor a talk by one of the experienced stewards about the history of Stirling Castle. The Castle also affords spectacular views over the surrounding area including the Lomond Hills and the Wallace Monument. During the feast you will be entertained by piper, jester and clan representative as well as by Scottish musicians and dancers.
Clear chicken soup with leeks, prunes and rice
Seared fillet of sea bass with tomato and chilli salad
Haggis, neeps and tatties
Roast fillet of Scottish beef with wild mushrooms and Marsala gravy, or grilled chickens with chateau potatoes and roasted root vegetables
Soft honeyed chocolate cake with clotted cream
Selection of Scottish cheeses with quince paste and oatcakes
Coffee and petit fours
Wine and ale served to the meal
Raspberry delice with Drambuie, mixed berries and praline
Coffee and petit fours
Gala Dinner at Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace in London is a working Royal residence. Of great historical importance, Kensington Palace was the favourite residence of successive sovereigns until 1760. It was also the birthplace and childhood home of Queen Victoria and the birthplace of Queen Mary (grandmother of the present Queen). The Palace was the official residence and office of Diana, Princess of Wales from 1992 up to her death.
Today, Kensington Palace accommodates the offices and private apartments of a number of members of the Royal Family and is also home to the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, with items of Royal, ceremonial and court dress dating from the 18th century to the present day. A Gala Dinner here is an unforgettable way to celebrate any prestigious event.
Sample Gala Evening
The Kensington Palace Welcome: upon arrival guests will receive a warm welcome from the Master of Ceremonies.
Pre-dinner drinks will be served in the Sunken Garden or Queen's Gallery, then the guests will have the opportunity to take a private guided tour of the State Apartments and Palace's exhibitions before dinner.
The dinner will be served in The Victorian Garden Rooms. They consist of the Red Saloon, seating up to 80 guests, the Teck Saloon seating up to 40 guests and the North Drawing Room which will accommodate 50 guests.
Personalised Place Settings
Menus and place cards will be personalised to suit the occasion.
Adding to the magnificent setting, combinations of seasonal flowers and foliage will be arranged.
A selection of after-dinner liqueurs, brandy and single malt whisky will be served at the end of the evening.
During dinner a violin quartet or band will play top musical standards (according to the clients' preferences).
Irish dinner at Brazen Head
Situated in the heart of medieval Dublin, with an old world charm and a history dating back 800 years, The Brazen Head is a 'living', authentic Irish pub which is popular with locals and visitors alike. Enjoy delicious food in the Egon Ronay Guide's listed restaurant which features tender Irish beef, and fish fresh from Dublin's famous fish markets. Continue the evening listening to traditional Irish music from some of Ireland's top musicians.
At the beginning you are offered a selection of Ireland's finest whiskeys before enjoying a sumptuous 4 course meal.
Soup of the Day or Smoked Salmon with Lemon and Dill
Traditional Irish Stew or Beef and Guinness Stew or Salmon with a Basil Pesto Cream
Traditional Apple Crumble or Bailey's Cheesecake
Tea or Coffee