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A Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebration at The Mansion

January 10, 2017

We have had the pleasure of getting to know Clive and Angela Jordan over the last few months, following their visit in September 2016 to the Garden Room Cafe at The Mansion. This lovely couple came to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with their children, in the place where it all began 50 years ago. We are all hopeless romantics at Dine, so on hearing their story we wanted to do something really special for this couple and decided to recreate their wedding menu from 1966, with a Dine twist! On Friday 6th January, 18363 days after their original wedding day; Clive, Angela with their daughters and husbands visited us at The Mansion for an intimate dinner in the Barran Room.

“We thought that it was a wonderful evening and we are so grateful to you all for putting on such a lovely event for us. The best, in every sense of the word, meal any of us have ever had.” Clive & Angela Jordan

Owned by Leeds City Council for many years, The Mansion was previously leased out as a hotel and restaurant until its closure in 2004. Dine took over the lease in 2009, sympathetically restoring the venue to its former glory. We have been hosting weddings and celebrations at The Mansion since 2009.

Both Clive and Angela were brought up in Leeds and met at Westminster Bank on Park Row where Clive was a cashier and Angela a ‘chatty’ customer.  Clive bought the rings on the day of Winston Churchill’s funeral and the couple were officially engaged in the Easter of 1965, just ten days after they met. They married at The Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Moortown, before holding their reception at the Mansion Hotel, as it was then. Clive’s career in banking subsequently took the couple all over the country but they came to live in Wetherby in 2005, sometime after Clive’s retirement.

Recreations of the original wedding photographs taken on The Mansion’s grand staircase.

Back in 1966 Clive and Angela’s wedding breakfast menu was cream of vegetable soup, followed by Aylesbury duck and apple sauce and stuffing with pomme Parisienne, creamed potatoes and garden peas.  Dessert was Peach Melba.

We recreated Clive and Angela’s wedding breakfast with a contemporary interpretation. Elements from the original menu were kept in all three courses; however more modern components were incorporated into the dishes. Vegetable soup was served as a starter alongside a shot glass of brunoise vegetables and olive ciabatta. The main course was duck breast with plum stuffing, chateaux potatoes, peas and heritage carrots with port and redcurrant jus. Peach tart tatin was combined with homemade raspberry ripple ice-cream, freeze dried raspberries, chocolate sauce, peach purée and a meringue shard to finish off the menu.

Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebrations - Soup Starter

 

Twisted Willow recreated Angela’s bouquet, incorporating red and yellow roses chosen for their wedding day.

Floral bouquet by Twisted Willow floristry

Clive Jordan said: “We thought it was a wonderful evening and we are so grateful to Dine for putting on such a lovely event for us. It was definitely the best, in every sense of the word, meal any of us have ever had.”

Clive and Angela still regularly visit The Mansion, often eating in The Garden Room. According to Clive, “While the exterior of The Mansion looks very similar to when we got married, the inside is another matter and much improved. The remodelled rooms are elegantly furnished to a very high standard and the attentive staff always look after us. We continue to create new memories at The Mansion which we recall with great fondness.”

Dan Gill, founder of Dine said: “The Mansion has been a place for making special memories for many years and we are thrilled to welcome back Clive and Angela and to celebrate their milestone anniversary with them. We really enjoyed getting creative and putting a modern twist on their wedding breakfast menu.”

Asked the secret to a long and happy marriage, Clive says: “The secret is to say ‘yes, I agree’ and do as you are told.  It’s worked for us!”

 

If you are newly engaged and would like to find out more about weddings at The Mansion, please do get in touch with our events team by calling: 0113 269 1000 or emailing: themansion@dine.co.uk

 

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