I went to dinner at Stirk House the week before last and I mentioned in the blog post about it that I had an upcoming date there for Festive Afternoon Tea with my mum. Well we went earlier this week and it was just as wonderful as I expected. Previously when I’ve eaten there, it’s been in Prime Restaurant, but on this occasion, we ate in the fire lounge. It was sleeting outside, so imagine how welcome the roaring open fire was. Particularly so, because I’d returned from a sunny weekend break in Malaga just hours earlier and I was feeling cold and deflated! (Malaga blog posts will follow when I’ve looked through photographs- we took almost 1000 in a weekend!)
The gorgeous Christmas tree and decorations throughout Stirk House are by Sonje Jones, a local design team.
Festive Afternoon Tea
Seasonal Afternoon Tea costs £17.50 per person, (£21.95 if you’d like to add a glass of Prosecco or mulled wine). It comprises quaint finger sandwiches, savoury items, (pigs in blankets), freshly baked caked and homemade scones with jam and cream. I’d eaten often enough at Stirk House to know that the food would be exquisite; always wonderfully fresh, locally sourced and beautifully presented. This was no exception.
Every single thing was delicious. The sandwiches are always heavenly, no matter what they are. I enjoyed all of the cakes too, particularly the mince pies and lemon posset. Everything was utterly delicious.
Weddings at Stirk House
While we were there, the team at Stirk House were preparing for a wedding fayre. We couldn’t resist taking a look. Business development manager Amanda-Jane Arends and director Kevin Maree were delighted when a member of the Hollyoaks cast recently chose Stirk House for his grooms day. (And it was photographed by OK magazine no less and is in the current issue!)
The spacious ballroom, which can accommodate large parties, looked absolutely wonderful.
But it was the smaller and more intimate Gallery that really captured my heart. Simple, tasteful and romantic.
Thank you to Amanda for inviting us for Festive Afternoon Tea. It’s available from December 1st and it’s advisable to book. The Christmas Day menu is available now too and sounds divine.
Stirk House Hotel & Restaurant is located on the A59 in Gisburn, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 4LJ. It’s on the border with North Yorkshire and is very easy to get to. I love it there and could never tire of going.
(Oh and by the way, my burgundy velvet midi dress is £59 from Marks and Spencer. If you’re between sizes, do size up. It’s not easy to get in and out of!)