Cheshire Life Luncheon - The Mere Golf Resort and Spa, Knutsford
PUBLISHED: 00:00 01 May 2019
Sunshine on the terrace and treats to eat put guests in a holiday mood at the Mere Golf Resort and Spa in Knutsford.
Mere Golf Resort and Spa Luncheon
Cheshire Life Lunch at Mere Golf & Spa
Angela Halligan, Julie Ravell, Lindsey Woolstencroft and Emma Murray-Gyte
Canapes - Cheshire Life Lunch at Mere Golf & Spa
Martina Harrison and Lesley Turner
Cheryl Haywood and Kathryn Clare
Marie Humphreys with Gary Johnson , Mere's GM, and Cheshire Life's new Editor, Katie Mulloy
Exec Chef, Mark Fletcher at Mere Golf & Spa
Exec Chef, Mark Fletcher (seated) with his team; Zahra Mohammadi, Rebecca Rault, Rafal Dziewonski and Mark Fletcher
Les and Julie Wassall
Marie Humphreys with Katie McCarthy
Cheshire Life's new editor, Katie Mulloy, with Leila Bibby and Mary-Jane Greenhalgh
Mary-Jane Greenhalgh with Janet Reeder and Leila Bibby
Mel Sheehy and Laura Ball
Craig Henton and Cora Maddock
Les and Julie Wassall with James Green of 'Tea from the Manor'
Angela Halligan with Rachel Foster, Kristen Drummond, Tina McLoughlin and Emma Murray-Gyte
Simon and Karen Perry
Ewan Kearney and Lesley Turner
Janet Baines, Gary Johnson (GM of Mere) and Jane Devine
Devilled mackerel, heritage tomato salad and shallot dressing
Roast saddle of lamb, wild garlic and minted peas, whipped potatoes, mushrooms and lamb glace
Chocolate entremets, sesame ice cream and honeycomb
Anne Dobie and David Jeans
Ashley Reynolds and Jonathan Hughes
Charlotte Lang and Danny Gale
The Mere Golf Resort and Spa in the heart of the Knutsford countryside is just the place to ease yourself into a holiday mood, it's a place to relax, soak up the sunshine and sip fizz on the terrace overlooking the lush green of the golf course.
Specially invited guests at the recent Cheshire Life lunch held in the elegant Mere Suite, took advantage of glorious spring weather and enjoyed a reception on the terrace, sipping prosecco and nibbling on canapés, whimsically created to look like miniature ice cream cones by executive chef Mark Fletcher and his team. These were actually filled with a choice of either a smoked salmon and caviar or a whipped cream cheese, but proved a fun way to tee off a lunch that was full of culinary delights.
Chef Mark Fletcher, who has over 20 years experience creating dishes within Michelin starred restaurants and leading hotels around the UK, loves to push boundaries and challenge his team to create new menu ideas and innovative flavour combinations, as well as use lovely seasonal produce.
The menu he had devised for this occasion was the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of spring, starting with a beautifully judged combination of devilled mackerel and the fresh sweetness of heritage tomatoes cut through with the piquancy of a shallot dressing.
For mains, roast saddle of lamb kept things classic and seasonal with crowd-pleasing accompaniments of wild garlic, peas, fresh mint and soft creamy potatoes.
If chef Mark wanted to create a desert that was irresistible he certainly succeeded. Chocolate entremets - a multi-layered milk chocolate mousse-based cake was served with a sesame ice cream and, for texture, honeycomb (which made the whole thing a little reminiscent of a Crunchie chocolate bar) proved a luxurious finale.
For those who wanted to linger longer there was fresh coffee and chocolates and of course those views to imbibe.
The Mere has long been a favourite destination in the heart of the Cheshire countryside, not only with golfers who love to face the challenges of the 18 hole championship course but also with those who want an oasis from which to make their escape from everyday stresses.
Visitors come to enjoy the spa facilities and restaurant, as well as alfresco dining and under its relatively new ownership there are ambitious plans to make it an even more irresistible venue in the future.
The Mere was sold to a Gulf-based investor in January 2018 and the aim is now to give it a £20m refurbishment over the next two years, increasing the number of bedrooms.
General Manager Gary Johnson said: 'We are hoping to take all the banqueting facilities up to 1,000 people so we will have the largest in the area.
'We want to make the resort a leading destination in the north of England. That's our vision.'
From the menu
Devilled mackerel, heritage tomato salad, shallot dressing
Roast saddle of lamb, wild garlic and minted peas, whipped potatoes, mushrooms, lamb glace
Chocolate entremets, sesame ice cream, honeycomb
Coffee and Mere chocolates
San Abelo Sauvignon Blanc
San Abelo Merlot
Mere Golf Resort & Spa
Chester Road, Mere, Knutsford, WA16 6LJ 01565 830155