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Henry Yates Thompson Charity Event 2019


This year Dine had the pleasure of coordinating and catering for the Henry Yates Thompson Dinner at Sefton Park Palm House in Liverpool.

The annual dinner is a celebration of the Palm House, and raises money for the upkeep of this truly unique building. Named after the man whose generosity allowed the Palm House to become a reality in 1896, the Liverpool publishing entrepreneur gifted £10,000 to create the ‘great conservatory’ of Sefton Park for the benefit of the people of the city. The Palm House hosts an array of exotic plants and artistic statues and is now a grade ll* listed building.

Last year’s celebration went down a treat, but this year we decided to crank things up a notch. The beautiful venue was transformed from the calm green space we know it as into an illuminated underwater themed paradise. With delicious food served throughout the night and a whole host of entertainment, guests were wowed at this spectacular event.

A big thank you to Kenny from Raw Photography for supplying imagery for this post and New Venture Productions for the amazing video footage of the night.

Judging from the people who were there having a wonderful time it looks like we’ve already got a loyal following for future years.

Dine’s food was fabulous and the service extraordinary, very controlled and impressive.

You should all be very proud of yourselves. Thank you.

Fran Parkinson - Board SPPH for HYT event

The theme

The theme of the evening was underwater and as it is the 50 year anniversary of The Beatles ‘Abbey Road’ album, Absolute Lighting & Events decided to link this to the famous song from the album ‘Octopus’s Garden’.

Dining table decor was inspired by ‘The Titanic’ dining room, dressed with golden sparkly candelabras decorated with seaweed, pearls and sea shells.

The arrival area for the drinks reception was themed around the harbour-side with steamer trunks and vintage travel accessories, baskets and dockside lanterns and jars.

‘Under the Sea’ decor

Titanic Inspired table setting

Octopus’s Garden


A whole host of acts performed throughout the night, keeping guests thoroughly entertained. From Aerial Merman acrobat Paul Curran and his show stopping performance whilst suspended from the architecture of the building to amazing dance performances from MD Productions and Salsa Liverpool.

MD Productions

Aerial Merman acrobat Paul Curran

Salsa Liverpool


Liverpool-based tech house producer and globally touring DJ Yousef had guests up on the dance-floor all night.




Baked Tartlet of Caramelised Shallots & Goat’s Cheese (v)

Tomato & chive concasse, balsamic dressing


Roast Baby Lamb “Renaissance”

Roast lamb rump, blushed heritage tomato & king olives, sauce verjuice


Chocolate & Orange Torte

Candied orange zest, orange infused “chantilly” cream & crushed berry crumb



You can watch the highlights of the evening here.

The next Henry Yates Thompson Annual Dinner will be held on 17th of October 2020 and will be 20’s themed. If you would like to reserve places or tables for next year’s dinner please call the Palm House on 0151 726 9304.

Alternatively, if you would like to find out more about using using the Palm House for your own special event don’t hesitate to contact Dine on 0113 275 4545.

A big thank you to Kenny from Raw Photography for supplying imagery for this post and New Venture Productions for the amazing video footage of the night.

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