Highlights 2013

What a year! So many great moments filled with lots of laughter, incredible weather,  and of course good local food - here’s a small selection of memories that made us smile in 2013

 AWARDS

We are delighted to have received the following awards in 2013:

Taste of the West - Silver Award for the 5th year running in recognition of our commitment to local food.

Sustainable Restaurant  Association- awarded 3 stars as a Sustainability Champion for the 2nd year running.

Shortlisted for the Somerset Life Food and Drink Awards 2013 – Restaurant of the Year.

The Theo Paphitis Small Business Sunday Award

WEDDINGS

What a fantastic year for weddings – with perfect weather for our lovely couples. So many wonderful weddings it's difficult to choose a few as they all were so much fun.

From Kendall & Stephen's fun filled wedding that ended up with Stephen's best man, a 6ft 2 ins Marine, asleep under a table in the marquee on Sunday morning. To... Cara & Grant‘s triumphant wedding – a traditional pole marquee which looked amazing. Grant had everyone in tears as he said it was his dream to get married here – he had played in our fields as a child when visiting his grandparents nearby. And, so many more fabulous weddings, you can read all about them here »

The wedding that stands out the most for us in 2013 is Stephanie & Tom's beautiful 'Country Tea Party' themed wedding which was featured on Rock My Wedding and photographed by the lovely Rachel Hudson.

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The sun almost started to come out from the behind the clouds just as the guests arrived and the wind died down. The jazz band played as Tom waited nervously for the arrival of his bride. Stephanie looked absolutely stunning in her beautiful dress and as she walked across the lawn on the arm of her brother Courtney to Tom, the clouds parted and the sun shone brilliantly. There was not a dry eye in the place! As Stephanie reached Tom, the only sounds to be heard were birds singing and a woodpecker drumming – an unforgettable moment.

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And, another 'not a dry eye in the place' unforgettable moment....

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After the meal, it was eventually time for the first dance – an important moment on any wedding day but especially so on this day. Stephanie’s father, George Williams who sadly died 8 years ago was lead singer with a motown/soul group called The Tymes. So Tom & Stef’s poignant choice of song for their first dance was one of his songs – famous in the 60’s and called “Wonderful, Wonderful ”.

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Then time for live music with local band “Snappa” (snappa.co.uk) who were brilliant and had everyone dancing all night – especially Stef’s Grandad, who at 89 was keen to dance with all the pretty girls! There was even a fantastic dance off between the woman and men in the wedding party, Steph’s brother Courtney showed them how it was all done when he busted out a few Michael Jackson moves. No-one wanted the party to end including us!

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WORKSHOPS

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So many great workshops this year! From Italian Bread Making to Cheese Making, Smoking & Curing, Food Photography, Printmaking, Christmas Wreath Making. We were amazed at how much we learnt, and how much fun we had.

We are looking forward to all our 2014 Workshops which will be recommencing in January. You can find all the details for our workshops here »

POP-UP RESTAURANTS 

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2013 saw the start of our very popular Pop-Up Restaurants. From the Italian Night, to the outdoor Pizza Night, and the splendid Somerset Supper which celebrated our love for fresh, locally produced, delicious Somerset food.

We have some exciting Pop-Up Restaurant nights planned for 2014. So make sure you pop by our blog in early 2014 to find out the details.

 MUSIC NIGHTS

Another extremely popular event we had in 2013 was our fun live Music Nights. We were thrilled to host a number of talented local bands including Bare Bones Trio from Bridgwater - the band responsible for causing a re-enactment of a scene from the film Big Night . The one where all the customers in the restaurant get up and dance. A night to remember!

We have many more fun Music Nights planned for 2014, stay tuned for details.

PRIVATE PARTIES

Lots of them and all a pleasure. From laughter-filled Corporate Christmas/Workshop parties (photos coming soon!), to sweet engagement parties, family celebrations and the lovely Sarah's 21st Birthday Party. We had a wonderful time at each and every one of them. Thank you so much for choosing Clavelshay Barn and for letting us share your very special days with you – it was an absolute pleasure.

Which brings me to the New Year –  with lots to look forward to. Thank you all for your support in 2013 – we look forward to seeing you in 2014.

We wish you all a Happy & healthy New Year

Sue x

Weddings 2013

We have come to the end of the wedding season at Clavelshay – it has been so hectic that I haven’t had time to think, let alone blog!

What a fantastic summer – with perfect weather for our lovely couples. Am just looking back on the past couple of months and have some wonderful memories – here are just a few…

A perfect June day for Paul & Liz – sunshine all the day – and I have to say Clavelshay has never looked  better  with all the flowers in full bloom. A small but perfectly formed wedding!

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Another sunny day for Gill & Peter  - a happy ever after story for them – 2nd time for both. It was a happy, happy day with weather to match.

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IMG_5065 IMG_5104 IMG_5102 IMG_5103July saw Kendall & Stephen getting married – a fun filled wedding with plenty of laughter. Stephen is in the Royal Marines and looked extremely smart in uniform, as did his fellow Marines.  One of the highlights for me was finding the best man, a 6ft 2 ins Marine, asleep under a table in the marquee on Sunday morning. He had asked if he could sleep there as he had missed all the lifts home- still surprised me though.

We will be sharing more beautiful photos from Kendall and Stephen's wedding taken by local talented photographer Aran Jefferies, so make sure you pop back!

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A busy, busy August, with John & Sarah starting it off with a lovely intimate wedding for just under 50 people. Live music from Bare Bones Trio gave everyone such a great evening that no one wanted to leave.

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Cara & Grant‘s wedding was  a triumph – a traditional pole marquee which looked amazing. Grant had everyone in tears as he said it was his dream to get married here – he had played in our fields as a child when visiting his grandparents nearby.

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Carolyn & Graham ‘s wedding was a classic! They had been together for 23 years and finally got around to getting married.  Another beautiful sunny day with an evening to remember, with music from The Man from Funkle echoing  across the valley on a starlit night.

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The following day we had a superb wedding with Kayleigh & Tim organising it all in 9 weeks. Their dream meal was – pie and mash with mushy peas & gravy. All made here by Head Chef Guy – I have never ever seen such clean plates in my life ! The weather was not so good but did not affect the mood at all – a great party -  I got to bed at 4.30am!

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September brought  a very special wedding with Mark & Amie. They think of Clavelshay as their special place as they started coming here when they first met. Mark proposed here earlier this year and I was delighted when they told me they wanted their wedding reception here.  Amie said it was a perfect day and everything they had dreamed of... And Mark still wears the best after shave of all my customers…

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A quieter end to the season with a small family celebration for Jane & David, which was enjoyed by all.

We are happy to cater for all tastes and that is what makes weddings special here – every single one is completely different and very individual. That is why I love it!