Over 18 guests attended the dinner and were hosted for the entire evening by Claire Lily John, Membership Manager and Mickaela Lennon, Head of Sales at Hoar Cross Hall and by STAR Your World’s Managing Director Sarah Tennant.
Guests enjoyed pre dinner drinks outside in the gardens before heading inside for a 7 course dinner. Agents and their corporate clients enjoyed starters of chilled melon and ginger soup and heritage tomato salad. Followed by courses of home cured smoked salmon, coriander marinated sea trout and slow cooked pakington pork belly. And to top of the evening a strawberry split, consisting of textures of peach, strawberry creme, macaron, ruby chocolate snow, Staffordshire strawberry and pink peppercorn gin, followed by a selection of British cheeses and biscuits.
Hoar Cross Hall is a Grade II listed stately home that pairs period style with modern luxury and attentive service. Commissioned by Hugo Meynell Ingram as a family home, the hall was completed in 1871. Elizabethan in style with Jacobean overtones, the lofty gables, turreted water towers, 48 chimneys and mullioned windows.
The stately home boasts a grand entrance hall and decadent oak-panelled Long Gallery, which spans more than 100 feet in length. Boasting an ornamental ceiling designed by Victorian architect George Frederick Bodley. Thanks to a painstaking restoration programme, all the public rooms radiate the same sense of splendour as they did during the years when Hoar Cross Hall was a private residence. Many are still touched by the presence of the Meynell Ingram family, from the assertive family motto in the entrance hall to the hand-carved monograms in the Ballroom, along with the grand staircase and stunning Chapel.
It offers corporate clients both 8 hour and 24 hour meeting packages, including a Dedicated Events Coordinator , main meeting room hire, morning Tea and Coffee break with biscuits, still and sparkling water, working lunch or three-course buffet lunch. Afternoon Tea and Coffee break with cakes, LED TV with HDMI & Wireless connections, flip chart, pens and delegate stationery, fresh fruit & sweets. With the following additions for the 24 hour package, a gourmet three-course dinner, accommodation in a Classic Room and Breakfast the following morning.
Jacquie Freer, Sales and Commercial Director, Absolute Corporate Events said: “ACE were the first agency to work with Sarah when she set up STAR your world, with her DMC from Portugal.
“Hoar Cross is a hidden gem in the Midlands countryside. Over recent years they have become less of a leisure day spa to a corporate or incentive space offering a five star service. We enjoyed an excellent meal and reviewed the renovated space. Easy access to London via Lichfield Trent Valley.”
Katie Stephens, Senior Event Manager, noble events said: “The dinner with Star Your World was a fantastic opportunity to learn more about Sarah’s DMC portfolio and how they can work alongside us. An extra added bonus was discovering Hoar Cross Hall, I was very impressed with what they had the to offer there for corporate guests – it is far more than just a spa hotel! “
Sarah Tennant, Managing Director Star Your World, commented, “It was a fabulous opportunity to work with the Hoar Cross Hall team to jointly host MICE agencies and their corporate clients. We wanted to allow the chance for agencies to spend time with their corporate clients in an informal way we know how important customer relationships are. The hotel continued to impress from arrival with the warm welcome, exceptional service levels and the Hall’s stunning surroundings. The feedback we have received as a result of this event has been superb.”
STAR Your World currently represents TA DMC, Portugal; Destination Arabia, STUDIO ITER DMC, Incentivos Ibiza and Discover India.