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Pickering Park Country House Hotel
Catterall (on the B6430 south of Garstang)
Tel.: 01995 600999, Fax.: 01995 602100
Murder Mystery Evening
We arrived early and were the first there. We had a couple of drinks whilst waiting for the others to arrive - they soon started turning up, with the first batch in period costume. Drinks are as expensive as youd expect in a hotel.
When we retired to the dining room, we were set out as four teams of eight - we ended up with the foursome in period costume.
As starters were being served, the leader of the "Murder Squad" explained the format of the eveneing: Scene setting, then a one-act play in the dining room, followed by each member of the play visiting each table in turn to allow themselves to be subjected to interrogation. Following the main course, another round of one-act play and interrogation. Dessert was accompanied by a final act, and scoring.
This was the first time any of us had been to a murder mystery evening, but we were all impressed by the quality of the set-up, acting and ambience.
Now to the food:
Set menu for the event, with three options for each course.
Home made Tomato and Basil soup. (Verdict: Not tried)
Pan Seared Fillet of Salmon. On a bed of Courgette ribbons, surrounded by a
tomato and fresh Basil Coulis. (Verdict: Not tried)
White and Dark Chocolate Profiteroles
Coffee and Petit Fours
We managed rough three bottles of the House Red - Whispering Hills, I seem to remember - quite passable, especially at £9.95 per bottle.
A very enjoyable evening - good food, good company, good hosts and good entertainment - all at a good price.
Recommended: 7.5 e's
Sandro (and Marg, Rae and Karl)