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16 February 2017

Valentine's Theme Ambassadors' Dinner

I couldn’t have been more delighted when Chef handed me the menu for this Ambassadors’ dinner; every element was designed with my taste buds in mind – unintentionally, but never the less, I was absolutely head over flats in love with every dish that was on offer.

The evening followed the usual format of drinks and canapés on arrival from 7pm. We chose a Passionate cocktail, in keeping with the Valentines theme and an elderflower spritz for the no-alcohol drinkers.



Charlotte from Variety with friend Dally from Ideas That Work

Tess from Right Angle Events with partner Tom and David from Dine

Jane & Ben, Owners of New Craven Hall with Irene from Dine

Danni from BBC news with Sister Charlotte


Confit Duck Arancini, pumpkin & amaretti soft centre

Gazpacho Flavours, heart shaped jelly with fine dice of gazpacho

Swordfish Ceviche, yellow courgette & yuzu lime salsa

Confit Duck Arancini – 123photography.co.uk
Gazpacho Flavours
Gazpacho Flavours – 123Photography
Swordfish Ceviche
Swordfish Ceviche – 123Photography


Shortly after polishing off the last of the canapés, Dan Gill (Dine Founder), ushered us upstairs to the Fountain Room, where we were welcomed by a table adorned with stunning flowers by Daisy Chain and abundance of candles shimmering against the back drop of the sequinned table runner; the perfect setting for a romantic dining experience.

Sequin runner, candle & floral table decoration


This was the menu we had the pleasure of enjoying with wines paired by Hoults:


Whitby Crab Lasagne & Lobster Ravioli

Vodka bisque, fennel foam


Pale straw yellow in colour with a nose of crisp apples, citrus zest and some mineral tones.


5 month Aged Beef Sirloin

celeriac fondant, charred baby leek & onion

herb gel, horseradish crème, red wine emulsion

Wine – Nieto Malbec, 2015 – Red Wine

Our best loved Malbec is possibly even juicier, fresher and tastier still!


Pistachio Flavours

Pistachio & olive oil cake, pistachio panna cotta, pistachio crumble & pistachio ice cream with lemon olive oil emulsion & a shot of strawberry juice

Dessert Wine – Brown Brothers Orange Muscat & Flora

From Brown Brothers Mystic Park Vineyard in Victoria this is an exciting blend of late-harvested Orange Muscat along with the little known Flora.

Whitby Crab Lasagne & Lobster Ravioli
Whitby Crab Lasagne & Lobster Ravioli







5 month Aged Beef Sirloin
5 month Aged Beef Sirloin
Pistachio Flavours
Pistachio Flavours

At the end of the dinner, small personalised boxes were given to each guest – containing handmade (by our chefs) truffles to be enjoyed with coffee.

Dan from 123Photography captured the evening beautifully.

If you are planning an event and would like to know what Dine can offer at The Mansion or at a venue of your choice, please get in touch with our team by calling: 0113 269 1000 or email: themansion@dine.co.uk

Alternatively, if you are an event planner and would like to find out more about how you could join us at the Ambassadors’ table, please email: marieclaire.power@dine.co.uk