Thursday, 13 December 2012

Top 3 Ways to Propose

Christmas and Valentine's are wonderful times of the year to drop down on one knee and propose to your loved one. Everyone's already in good spirits and many families are together to celebrate the season. So why not add your special news to the party atmosphere and ask you partner to marry you?

The Best Way to Propose

Whilst it will be a special moment in your life, there's no need to get your knickers in a twist. Just show you've put in a bit of thought and effort - that will mean more than anything.

Luckily Holdsworth House has done a lot of the homework for you. As somewhere used to lots of love and romance, we've put our 50 years of weddings, engagements and hospitality together and come up with some romantic proposal breaks.

Our special proposal breaks incorporate plenty of magical moments sure to make any potential bride or groom giddy with goosebumps.  All you have to do is remember the ring and pick the right moment to ask the big question.

We'll happily work with you to fulfill any special requests or ideas you have.

Ideas for marriage proposal

Holdsworth House has three packages to choose from. Pre-booking is essential so we can help get everything set up for you.

The Ultimate Proposal £349 per couple
* Available any night of the week, subject to availability
* Arrive at 2pm and check into your Suite
* Afternoon tea with homemade goodies served at 3pm in the lounge
* Professional makeup application for your partner, with our beauty therapist
* At 7pm make your way outdoors to the private, historic, candlelit Gazebo
* Champagne served by your own personal waiter
* Candlelit 3-course a la carte dinner
* If you have an engagement ring, why not tie it with ribbon around the champagne bottle or we can serve it with your dessert under a silver tray
* Coffee served in the hotel lounge
* Full cooked breakfast in your room the next day served with chocolate dipped strawberries, bucks fizz and a red rose

Up Close & Personal Proposal £249 per couple
* Available any night of the week subject to availability
* Check in from 2pm to your suite
* Spend the afternoon at leisure
* At 7pm make your way to your private dining room in the house, set with a warming fire and candles
* A bottle of Champagne will be served by your own waiting staff
* Enjoy a 3 course a la carte dinner
* If you have an engagement ring, why not tie it with ribbon around the champagne bottle or we can serve it with your dessert under a silver tray.
* Full cooked breakfast in your room the next day with a red rose on the tray

An Audience with… Proposal £199
If you like the idea of other restaurant diners (or your family) sharing your good news, then why not opt for this more public way of announcing your engagement?
* Available any night of the week subject to availability
* Check in from 2pm to your luxurious double room
* Spend the afternoon at leisure
* Dine in the restaurant with a bottle of Champagne, we’ll reserve you a prime position table
* 3 course a la carte dinner
* If you have an engagement ring, why not tie it with ribbon around the champagne bottle or we can serve it with your dessert under a silver tray. You tell us when and how you want to pop the question and, if you want, we can line up our restaurant team for a round of applause!
* Full cooked breakfast in the restaurant the next day

To book a proposal package, please contact us on 01422 240024. We can avoid sending out any postal details to help keep your secret. Just call us to discuss them.

Friday, 9 November 2012

Nothing So British As Afternoon Tea

"If your are cold, tea will warm you;
If you are too heated, it will cool you;
If you are depressed, it will cheer you;
If you are exhausted,it will calm you."

Here's a man who liked his tea. We're sure 19th Century Prime Minister William Gladstone, who quoted the above, would have given his approval of the afternoon tea served at Holdsworth House. For 50 years the historic hotel in Halifax has been serving up traditional afternoon tea on a collection of silver tiered cake stands. 

Afternoon tea is one of those things that never really goes out of fashion, but more recently the platters are an increasingly regular sighting and have even made it onto the wedding menus of many Yorkshire brides.

Not to be confused with cream tea, afternoon tea is a filling selection of sandwiches, elegantly cut into slender fingers, homemade cakes, pastries and fancies and the best homemade scones, jam and clotted cream that you can muster up.

Introduced in Britain in the 1840s afternoon tea was the meal that bridged the gap between lunch and dinner, which might not be eaten until 8pm onwards. It became popular amongst society ladies especially, as a way of gathering socially and entertaining guests.

Since 1963 Holdsworth House has been rocking the afternoon world with its stunning version, using an eclectic collection of vintage crockery to add a wonderful charm and elegance to this grand affair. Everything is home baked and created with precision and attention to detail - just as the Victorians would have wanted.

Today you don't need to don a dinner jacket or gloves. Smart casual is the attire of choice.

We have a choice of two afternoon teas - the traditional afternoon tea and the new 3 Kings Christmas Afternoon Tea with some delicious seasonal spices and fruits hitting all the right notes.

If you're wondering about what to buy friends and relations for Christmas, then afternoon tea really is the classy gift to give this year. At Holdsworth House tea for two is from £25.50.

You can buy the afternoon tea for two experience as a gift voucher. Valid for 1 year from the date of purchase.

Friday, 26 October 2012

How Mo Can You Go? Movember

These have to be the coolest participants of Movember this year. John The Gardener (above left) and Mick the Mo Man (below left) have signed up to the world-wide moustache growing challenge Movember.

How Mo can you go? John can definitely go all the way looking at his one day's worth of stubble, and we've not even started yet.

Of course Movember is all about raising money for and awareness of prostate cancer. You can find out more about Movember by watching this film. This fun way of raising awareness of the killer disease should bring a smile to everyone's face and has its own etiquette and rules:
  • Team members must be referred to as Mo Bros
  • Moustache growing can only begin the 1st of Movember
  • All team members must start with a clean shaven face
  • No upper lip shaving for the entire month
  • There is to be no joining of the mo to the sideburns (that’s considered a beard)
  • There’s to be no joining of the handlebars to the chin (that’s considered a goatee)
The team needs sponsorship and you can give online with a debit or credit card or paypal here on our Mo Space web page. We've teamed up with the Lucky7 Movember network; Lucky7 create custom-made baseball caps favoured by Jamie Oliver and is an official sponsor and hatter to Movember. So you'll spot our chefs in their exclusive designer caps, with weekly photos being posted on the Mo Space site. There's no prize for the biggest moustache, or the smallest - just encourage our boys in this brilliant effort.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Afternoon Tea Wedding

Tea for two went out of the window yesterday when Holdsworth House took centre stage at an afternoon tea wedding for 60.

Instead of a traditional sit down meal guests enjoyed a magnificent treat of slender sandwiches, crusts off of course. Guests were seated across 3 interconnecting restaurant rooms, creating a wonderful atmosphere. Speeches then took place in the Long Bar with a few tipples.

The bride had acquired a beautiful collection of glass cake stands for Chef and his team to adorn with homemade goodies:  Tier 1 was dressed with watercress leaves and sandwiches - succulent salmon and cucumber, sweet pickle and cheese, tender beef and horseradish . Tier 2 featured home baked mini lemon meringues and (oh so melt in the mouth chocolatey) fudge cakes. Tier 3 shone with beacon like scones and jars of fresh strawberries and cream.

In fact there were over 80 scones freshly made and served warm.

This was a wedding with a difference, very 'on trend' with the afternoon tea and superbly delivered ;)

Afternoon tea cake stands being prepared with precision.

Getting ready for the drinks reception.

The historic restaurant filled with superb ideas from the bride and groom.

Sandwiches being prepared just before serving.

The Panelled Room being set for afternoon tea, just candles to add.

The Restaurant, awaiting the wedding guests.

Behind the scenes jars of strawberries and cream are being created

The masterpieces being put together in the kitchens.

Freshly baked scones keeping warm.

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Under the Duvet, the sequel to Between the Sheets

Who needs Fifty Shades of Grey to give you a good night's sleep when our guests are having the most peaceful slumber in our beds?  If you read our previous blog Between the Sheets - and many of you did - you'll know that so many of our guests comment on what was the best night's sleep of their life.

Well, the praise continues to stream in from guests, including this lady who is putting her order in direct from the manufacturers...

We held our daughters wedding at Holdsworth House in April 2012 and, along with many of our guests, stayed overnight. I have been meaning to contact you ever since about how comfortable the beds were. A lot of our guests said the same and I noticed that you had very thick mattress toppers on the beds. Can you tell us which brand they are and what type they are? I would like to buy one for myself. We were in room 8 if that helps. Thank you.

Name and address supplied.