I love when I get a chance to visit Virginia Park Lodge. When Richard first bought this amazing property I got a guided tour. The place was a mess and it needed alot of TLC. Over the last 16 months I have seen so many great changes. All amazing of course. He still has alot to do, but my god what he has achieved in so little time. I’m very proud every time I visit.
This trip was for Afternoon Tea. I couldn’t wait to spoil my friend. She recently got engaged and a girly day was needed. I knew she would love it here. The grounds are truely magical.
Champagne and Sweet treats, kids for the afternoon. The place was full and everyone was enjoying . Coffee and Tea topped up. Very friendly local staff.
We got a lovely tour of the newly refurbished bedrooms and the bridal Suite was just perfect. So much so that I want to get married again.
It was so nice to have Richard join us for Tea. I have always been a fan of Richards work and Poilosophy, ever since I can remember. Food should be about “Who we are and where we are”
Thank you so much for having me again at your castle Richard. I’m looking forward to catching up again soon.
Christmas is my ultimate favourite time of the year. I love when families and friends get together to celebrate. You can imagine my excitement when I seen that Virginia Park Lodge was hosting a Christmas Lunch on 30th November. I have had the pleasure of dining in The Lodge early this year and have eaten in Corrigans Mayfair in London. So I think it’s fair to say that I’m a big fan of Richards cooking and philosophy of food.
Delighted to see all the changes made to The Lodge since my last visit. We arrived and we were greeted by Richards sister Deirdre with a big smile and a lovely festive feel to the bar. The fabulous Christmas tree and candles everywhere really gave a very magical feel to the afternoon. We were starving and really looking forward to our lunch.
We were seated in the board room. A fabulous room with one large table. The table setting was stunning and we started to pull our Christmas crackers. Christmas had offically started for me.
We were treated to some lovely home made breads, sausage rolls and cheese canapé to start. Followed by a lovely grilled prawn and chickpea soup. There was a lovely spice to the soup and it was a welcome starter.
It was a lovely idea to have lots of people sitting at the same table. As we all got chatting, it was nice to here everyone’s stories about their connection to either The Lodge or to Richard. Really nice table conversation. Of course Richard was popping in and out to check how our afternoon was going. The service was flawless and very professional.
Next up was our main course, everyone got a lovely plate of Turkey and Ham. For me however I was treated to a lovely plate of veg from Richards Kitchen garden. The carrots were so sweet. I was very happy.
It was nearly dessert time, now I never eat dessert. Usually too full on stuffing myself with starters and main courses but everyone really enjoyed what they got ” Christmas in a Bowl” Christmas pudding and ice cream.
After dinner we sipped on mulled wine and enjoyed some lovely mince pies while we listen to Carol singing from the Virgina Choir. This was my favourite part of the day. I secretly shed a tear or two as I taught about someone very special. Christmas always reminds me of how lucky I am to have great family and friends but also reminds me of who I have lost. One special little guy was on my mind, and I was remembering all our special Christmas together.
A big thank you to Richard and all his team for giving me a very special start to the Christmas season. Another great memory.