Cheshire Bride and Cheshire Life luncheon, Mottram Hall

PUBLISHED: 00:00 06 September 2017

Lemon Creme Fraiche Mousse, macerated & died strawberries, honeycombe, vanilla anglaise *** Local Caption *** Cheshire Life & Bride Magazine lunch at Mottram Hall Hotel

Lemon Creme Fraiche Mousse, macerated & died strawberries, honeycombe, vanilla anglaise *** Local Caption *** Cheshire Life & Bride Magazine lunch at Mottram Hall Hotel


Lunch was served at Mottram Hall in Prestbury to mark a very special union, as Janet Reeder explains

St Andrew's SuiteSt Andrew's Suite

Mottram Hall is one of Cheshire’s most popular and elegant wedding venues so it proved a perfect location for a special union.

The ‘marriage’ between Cheshire Life and Cheshire Bride magazines was celebrated in style at the gathering, which commenced in the opulent Garden Room with glasses of Chapel Down English fizz and a selection of canapés.

It was a luncheon which showcased occasion dining at the hotel,near Prestbury, as well as marking the collaboration between Cheshire Bride magazine and Cheshire Life in the build up to one of the most anticipated events in the wedding calendar, Bride: The Wedding Show at Tatton Park.

Following the drinks reception, where guests were greeted by Cheshire Life editor Louise Allen-Taylor and Archant Bride Editorial Director Joanne Goodwin, it was time to move into the charming St Andrew’s Suite for a delightful three course lunch, a menu devised by Mottram Hall’s Executive Head Chef Colin Gannon.

Hot smoked salmon was complemented by little bursts of fruity pomegranate and the fresh flavours of creamed avocado and yellow tomato, matched by Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc, an aromatic New Zealand white wine bursting with zesty grapefruit, pear and passion fruit flavours.

The main course was chicken with lovely asparagus and parmentier potatoes lifted into summer by the addition of lemongrass broth. This was enjoyed with a glass or two of The Guv’nor, a punchy Spanish red.

There followed more glorious summery flavours as desssert was a lemon crème fraîche mousse served with strawberries. Coffee and home-made chocolates brought everything to a delicious conclusion.

‘The starter was something we’ve never done before,’ said Colin, who heads a team catering for around 100 weddings a year.

‘It was something we thought would work well for the occasion and the time of year. We went for avocado hot smoked salmon with pomegranate, which added lots of colour.’

The main course suited the time of year too - chicken in a tasty lemongrass broth - and dessert, which was a lemon mousse with strawberries all added up to a very seasonal menu. Colin explained that the venue’s wedding coordinators assist a bride and groom in devising their menu before the big day.’

‘If someone wants something in particular, the wedding co-ordinator will get in touch with me and tell me what the bride wants, then we’ll accommodate their desires the best possible way we can.

‘But most couples tend to stick to what is traditional. When the bride and groom are choosing what to have for their wedding it’s not about them. It’s about their guests so they can’t think outside the box too much. Our biggest seller is roast beef and we can’t get away from that.’


Mottram Hall

Wilmslow Rd, Macclesfield SK10 4QT

01625 828135


Salmon cream cheese and keta eggs, devilled quail eggs, tempura asparagus chilli aioli, beef fillet carpaccio, truffle and parmesan

To begin

Hot smoked salmon, quinoa and pomegranate, creamed avocado, yellow tomato emulsion

Grilled asparagus fried duck egg truffle hollandaise (vegetarian option)

To continue

Poached and grilled chicken with Asparagus, parmentier potatoes, sugar snap pea and lemongrass broth

Goats cheese and walnut tortellini (vegetarian option)

To Finish

Lemon crème fraîche mousse, macerated and dried strawberries, honeycomb, vanilla anglaise Coffee and treats

To drink

Chapel Down Brut, Kent

Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough New Zealand

The Guv’nor, Spain

Wedding Show Countdown begins...

A marriage has been announced between Cheshire Life and our sister title Cheshire Bride, organiser of Bride: the Wedding Show at Tatton Park.

The partnership was announced at a summer lunch at Mottram Hall, jointly hosted by the two Archant Community media magazines.

The show at Tatton celebrated its 15th anniversary this year with a record attendance and the 2018 event, on Saturday and Sunday, February 3-4, will host around 150 of the region’s leading wedding suppliers, a spectacular catwalk four times daily, an entertainment stage, fabulous food and a champagne bar.

Two hundred tickets for Saturday, February 3, including priority entry to the 3.30pm catwalk, a glass of fizz and other exclusive benefits are now on offer to Cheshire Life readers (see

Cheshire Bride editorial director Joanne Goodwin said: “We are delighted to announce we are now staging Bride: The Wedding Show at Tatton Park in association with Cheshire Bride. This is the premier wedding event in the area and is awash with inspiration for couples in the North West who can connect with a plethora of the finest local suppliers, indulge in a flute of fizz at the stylish champagne bar and get ideas for bridalwear, menswear, bridesmaids’ dresses and wedding outfits in catwalk show. The partnership with our prestigious sister title Cheshire Life will add even more prestige to this fabulous event.”

Free copies of Cheshire Bride and Cheshire Life magazines will be given out at the show and exhibitors will be offering exclusive deals and amazing competitions over the weekend.

Catwalk show times: 11.15am, 12.30pm, 2.15pm and 3.30pm

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