The weather could not have been kinder for our Garden Party on Sunday 23rd July. Held to mark the change of ownership at The Elms – now an independent country house hotel and restaurant – more than 600 guests arrived to enjoy the beautiful gardens and legendary Elms barbecue.
As General Manager, I thoroughly enjoyed personally welcoming everyone as they came up our red carpet! It was an ideal opportunity to understand where everyone had come from and whether they’d visited The Elms before. Many were keen to understand who now owned The Elms and what the plans would be for the venue going forward. More on that later.
Guests of all ages enjoyed sipping a glass (or two) of Prosecco whilst mooching around and gazing at the splendour of our Queen Anne manor house, whilst many soon found themselves in the warmth and relaxation of the gardens and lawn, where a live band headed by Jamie Knight was creating a truly special atmosphere.
Outdoor catering in style
Up at our huge, hand built barbeque facilities amongst the kitchen gardens, Head Chef, John Brandon was catering in style and character, cooking complementary barbecue delights to keep hunger at bay. His stamina was impressive!
Many guests took advantage of the chance to enjoy a free manicure or a tour around the fabulous spa facilities, with membership or spa days in mind. Meanwhile, the youngest visitors were quick to find the bouncy castle and families could be seen wandering past the tennis courts, perhaps hitting a ball or two on their way to the fruit orchards and woodland beyond.
New local ownership
It’s a very exciting time for The Elms, which is no longer part of a hotel chain. As an independent venue, entirely owned by a local Worcestershire businessman who lives just a few miles away, there’s passion and enthusiasm in abundance, alongside great pride for what the county of Worcestershire has to offer both local guests and those that visit from afar.
Having recently opened the Brookes Restaurant for lunch, seven days a week, The Elms is also able to offer an ever-developing range of fine dining in addition to more casual eating occasions such as afternoon tea and light lunches in the Garden Cafe. Local events are to be planned, whilst the spa will receive many enhancements and continue to be an indulgent draw to those that live locally.
The manor house itself is to receive a significant level of investment, with much focus on essential maintenance and refurbishment which is so important to protect such a unique, grade 2 listed building in the years to come. Yet it will also ensure that every luxury is provided in what is certainly one of Worcestershire’s finest country house hotels.
If you took the time to come along to the Garden Party, we thank you for your interest in our exciting venture. Let’s hope that we see you again soon. Of course, whether you enjoyed the sunshine with us on the 23rd July or not, we’d love you to be our guest and show you everything that we can offer from this delightful historic, country hotel.