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Pass the fairy cake, say Holmewood Hall delegates

24 September 2010

Never mind posh Italian delicacies, give us old-fashioned sticky buns and Granny-inspired baking any day. That’s been the plea from the hungry business delegates of Holmewood Hall recently – and it’s been answered in spectacular fashion.

With Baking Fever in full swing thanks to TV’s latest success story ‘The Great British Bake Off’, it seems the Great British public are more keen than ever to indulge in some homespun baked goods which remind us of the cakes and muffins our granny used to make so well.

Holmewood Hall staff know a thing or two about a taste for sweetness – given that the beautiful historic venue is owned by British Sugar – and with a new chef on board and a resurgence in baking-passion, its delegate menu has been revised to incorporate truly traditional and delicious sweet treats.

It was when accomplished chef Lee Osborne joined the Hall’s team a few weeks ago, that delegates were asked to give their views on what they’d like to see more of on the catering menu.

“It’s easy to think that with our coffee-culture modern obsession these days, we all want a latte and a pain-au-chocolat for a snack-time indulgence,” said Lee. “Actually, what we’ve discovered is that our delegates really want to have that nostalgic reminder of the delicious cakes and treats that Grandma used to make.”

Lee set to work on a menu of cakes and bakes which could be served during conferences at the spectacular meeting venue – and his edible array has certainly been well received.

He went on: “I think one of the major factors that people love and appreciate is that we’re creating baked goodies here in the kitchen from scratch.

“There’s been so much talk about local sourcing of vegetables and meats in recent years, but so many venues still get cakes and pastries sent to them. I’m really proud that we’re turning out our baked treats right here on the premises.”

Karen Wagg, Conference Manager for Holmewood Hall, said: “We have always been very proud of the great food and hospitality offering at Holmewood Hall and this is a reflection of our constant desire to create exactly the menus which are delegates are seeking.

“We’re looking forward to sharing the variety of cakes and bakes with the community at future events, and also as part of the Wartime Weekend in Holme, which takes place early in October.”

* Holmewood Hall is a thriving conference and events venue. It was built for the distinguished Wells family, who inherited the manor of Holme in 1752. It was bought by British Sugar in 1951, initially to serve as little more than a document warehouse. The Hall subsequently became an agricultural research and development base for the company, before being fully restored to its former glory.

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