My fiancé booked a surprise trip to Coombe Abbey for Valentine's Day. We stayed at the hotel in a "feature bedchamber" which was huge and very lovely, decorated in keeping with the historic building. We were a little surprised at only a standard double bed in such a large room but it was very comfortable, beautiful bathroom with a large roll top bath. Included in the package was an evening's entertainment at the medieval banquet held in The Abbeygate and breakfast the following morning. The banquet was a four course meal (with only a knife to eat it - well they didn't have much cutlery back in Tudor times!) with mead and wine and loads of hilarious entertainment - not fine dining but very tasty - the wine was a little rough though. We had hired Tudor costumes but this is not compulsory - about 50% of the guests were in costume - however, we felt it really added to the atmosphere and the evening to dress up. Photos were taken by a professional photographer on the way in to The Abbeygate with no obligation to buy, but we did purchase one as it was a fab picture of us both. The food was very filling, a little tricky to eat with just fingers and a knife, but it did add to the hilarity. They did supply a spoon for pudding :-) After the meal there was a disco to boogie the night away. We really enjoyed the evening and it seemed everyone there had a great time - including the staff! Thoroughly recommended - but smuggle in a fork if you can't bear the idea of eating with your fingers!
Big applause to all the entertainers, with a special thumbs up to Johnny - aka Sir Nicholas Crapper - who was absolutely marvellous.
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