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Cheshire Life Luncheon - Ciro’s Brasserie, Grosvenor Pulford Hotel, Chester

PUBLISHED: 11:10 15 August 2016

Line caught trancon of turbot, warm fricassee of English peas and broad beans, Claremont Farm asparagus, Anna potatoes and sauce vierge

Line caught trancon of turbot, warm fricassee of English peas and broad beans, Claremont Farm asparagus, Anna potatoes and sauce vierge


Ciro’s Brasserie at the Grosvenor Pulford Hotel near Chester gave Cheshire’s businesswomen the chance to recharge their batteries over a delicious lunch and sample some gorgeous fragrances too.

Ciros Brasserie at the Grosvenor Pulford Hotel Ciros Brasserie at the Grosvenor Pulford Hotel

Even the most in-demand exec needs to take time out from her hectic schedule and Cheshire Life offered the perfect excuse – a fabulous businesswomen’s lunch at Ciro’s Brasserie at the Grosvenor Pulford Hotel and Spa.

With stunning surroundings, a fascinating talk from Ormonde Jayne perfumier Linda Pilkington and gorgeous goodie bags, guests were well and truly pampered at this very special occasion.

Part of the Nelson Hotel group, the Pulford Hotel and Spa is situated in beautiful landscaped grounds about five minutes drive from Chester city centre, an ideal spot to get away from it all and kick back and relax.

With its glamorous lobby and bar and restaurant reminiscent of a little place you might dine if you were visiting a chic Italian city, this was the perfect location to indulge in a feast of the senses.

Ciro’s executive chef Paul Prescott, took time out from the kitchen at the start of our culinary journey to tell us how, in spite of the fact the Mediterranean has been the inspiration behind the menu, this AA Rosette awarded brasserie endeavours to source its produce much closer to home.

And the freshness spoke for itself in dishes that enhanced a fine, warm summer day.

One of the pleasures of a ladies’ lunch is the chance to catch up with old friends or network and so after being greeted with a delicious glass of Duca D’Alba prosecco, guests mingled and nibbled a selection of canapés before being led into the dining room for the main event.

A choice of either Ten Rocks Sauvignon Blanc 2015 from New Zealand or Ederra 2013 Rioja was poured by the sommelier as we were served starters of black legged chicken and morel mushroom ravioli with sage butter and summer truffle and for the vegetarians morel mushroom and summer truffle ravioli, artichoke barigoule and sage. The delicacy of the pasta and powerful mushroom flavours with a hint of musky truffle was as good as anything you would be served in a trattoria in Italy.

Janet Reeder with Linda Pilkington of Ormonde Jayne Perfumery Janet Reeder with Linda Pilkington of Ormonde Jayne Perfumery

Conversation flowed as we were treated to a line caught trancon of turbot that brought with it the fresh flavour of a seashore warmed by the sun. A fricassee of English peas, broad beans, Anna potatoes and asparagus from Claremont Farm in a sauce vierge added up to a light but satisfyingly delicious main course.

The meat free option was a Delamere goats cheese croquettes, three substantial patties which tasted of sharp cheese enhanced by a mint pesto and served with beetroot carpaccio and a beetroot reduction and given added crunch with a hazelnut crumble, all coming together beautifully.

Only the most self-disciplined dieter could have resisted the finale – a Valrhona chocolate and orange torte with Grand Marnier and Cointreau syrup.

Over coffee and petit fours – more chocolate in the shape of truffles and macarons special guest Linda Pilkington entertained the gathering with the story of her life as a schoolgirl growing up in Bowdon and her career as a perfumier. With a boutique in London’s Bond Street and a lifestyle that takes her around the globe with her Ormonde Jayne fragrances, she was a really inspiring speaker and guests couldn’t wait to test out some of the fragrances.

After the talk in which she explained how she made her mark by sourcing unusual ingredients to create fragrances that really do stand out from those in the mainstream, everyone got the chance to try them out. They also took away a real treat of a delicious Tolu body lotion and bathing oil from the bath and body range.



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