A beautiful sunny Saturday in August of last year, saw us at the breath taking venue of Coombe Trenchard, not far from either Tavistock or Okehampton in Devon.
Monica and Rohan chose to marry at Yelverton Church and travel to Coombe Trenchard for their reception. The couple wanted a quintessential English wedding as Rohan is from Indian descendants and two weeks later the couple and their guests would enjoy an Indian marriage celebration in London.
Thankfully the weather was kind to us and we were able to serve a selection of drinks which included Pimm’s, Prosecco and bottled beers on the beautiful terrace at Coombe Trenchard. Here the guests could mingle in the shade of the bell tower or wonder around the amazing gardens. We also served a selection of homemade canapés to be enjoyed, which were smoked salmon and cream cheese blinis, savoury choux buns filled with creamy wild mushrooms, goats cheese and red onion tartlets, Caroline’s famous chicken satay with dip, mini toad in the hole with caramelised red onion, a particular favourite with the Indian guests and tempura prawns with a sweet chilli dip.
The newly married couple chose to have a Hatch marquee set on the adjacent terrace, which was out of site to the guests until they were ready to sit down.
The marquee was set with flowers from the Coombe Trenchard cutting garden, very colourful and natural which went perfectly well with the cricket theme that the tables were named after, along with stumps and flowers on each place card. All looked stunning!
At 6pm the wedding breakfast was served, to begin with we placed sharing platters down on the tables for the guests to help themselves. This included foods of prosciutto and salami, fresh melon, tomato and basil bruschetta and homemade arancini stuffed with mozzarella, olives and a selection of breads with Devon butter.
Main course was a choice of dishes, the first being one of our favourite dishes of rump of Devon lamb with a herb crust and a rich port sauce, chicken breast with a white wine, mushroom, tomato and tarragon cream sauce or a vegetarian dish of sweet potato, mozzarella, sun dried tomato and basil filo tart with a tomato pesto, this was all accompanied with dauphinoise potatoes, roasted seasonal vegetables, carrots and broccoli.
For dessert we served trios with something for everyone, which had a classic crème brulee, chocolate and salted caramel brownie and the perfect dessert for an English wedding a pavlova with cream and fresh local strawberries from the Tamar valley.
In the evening the guests moved to the Coach House where we ran a bar for them and they danced the night away. They also enjoyed nibbles of local cheeses and toasted marsh mellows from the fire pits.
It was great to work with Sarah and Emily from Coombe Trenchard and to have our favourite cake lady deliver another stunning, yummy cake, Hannah’s Cornish Cakes. We also met the fab photographer that is Lucy Wallace.
A truly beautiful English wedding, exactly what Monica and Rohan had hoped for. Once again many congratulations and it was a pleasure catering for your special day.