Welsh Rarebits will be hosting the Historic Hotels of Europe General Assembly on April 6 & 7.
The event takes place at the beautiful Bodysgallen Hall & Spa in north Wales, with a dinner on the second night at the atmospheric Old Bull’s Head in Beaumaris, Anglesey.
Launched 15 years’ ago, HHE now represents 600 properties throughout Europe, from countries as diverse as Switzerland, Norway, Austria, Greece, Sweden, Ireland and Slovakia.
Welsh Rarebits is a member of the Historic Hotels of Europe organisation thanks to the fact that its properties include gems such as magnificent stately homes, venerable townhouses and ancient coaching inns such as The Old Bull’s Head.
Welsh Rarebits was founded by Emyr Griffith, whose dislike of anything bland and corporate spurred him on to produce a guide that lauded individuality.
“The Welsh Rarebits ethos reflects that of the Historic Hotels of Europe,” he explains. “We both celebrate diversity, individuality, historic richness, hospitality, good food, comfort, and of course, hosts who create a welcoming and convivial atmosphere.”
This is the first time in a decade that the Historic Hotels of Europe event has been held in Wales.
To celebrate its inclusion in the prestigious foodie publication Relish!, the Falcondale Hotel, near Lampeter is staging a special dinner on March 21, featuring some of the special recipes showcased in the book. (which will be published in April).
Wines to accompany each course will be carefully selected by Simon Awdry of Bibendum Wines, to bring out the distinctive flavours that infuse each dish.
The evening will kick off with a selection of canapés, and will be followed by a starter of ham and eggs – served as never before!
Red mullet with clam and mussel broth comes next, while Celtic Pride beef provides the meat course (although this recipe is not included in the book), with a glorious dessert of white chocolate and green tea mousse with lemongrass and lime sorbet to bring a zing to the palate.
“We felt that a celebratory dinner was in order as we will be featured in Relish along with the top restaurants and hotels in the country,” explains Lisa Hutton, owner of The Falcondale.
“The dinner has been crafted to showcase the wide-ranging skills our team of chefs has to offer.”
Dinner costs £45 per person to include the four-course dinner, and a glass of wine with each course, coffee and handmade chocolates.