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Wood Hall’s Winning Wedding Co-ordinators

Wood Hall’s Winning Wedding Co-ordinators

Following their success in winning Yorkshire Wedding Co-ordinators of the year for the second year in a row we asked the team what it is that makes their jobs so rewarding!

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Donald Russell - Hand Picked Supplier

Donald Russell - Hand Picked Supplier

Ever wondered where our steaks and sausages come from? Donald Russell our meat supplier shares with us their history and recipes and an exclusive special offer for readers!

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Autumnal Tea Treats!

Autumnal Tea Treats!

Matthew Ashton, Group Executive Head Chef, reveals his favourite autumn treat along with the recipe for you to try at home!

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Meetings and Events at Stanbrook Abbey Hotel

Meetings and Events at Stanbrook Abbey Hotel

Stanbrook Abbey is an impressive meetings venue that is guaranteed to wow your delegates from the moment they arrive.

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Hand Picked Health Club & Spas Raise Over 2k For Macmillan

Hand Picked Health Club & Spas Raise Over 2k For Macmillan

On Friday 27th September, the teams at Hand Picked Spa & Health Clubs took part in Macmillan’s largest coffee morning, raising £2,287 for the cancer charity.

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Native Woodland Project at Crathorne Hall

Native Woodland Project at Crathorne Hall

Crathorne Hall in North Yorkshire has been working with The Woodland Trust on their 'Plant Trees; MORE Woods' scheme to introduce a new native woodland into the grounds of the hotel.

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How to host the perfect dinner party

How to host the perfect dinner party

Hosting a dinner party is a skill in its own right and something that can be quite a task. Read on for some handy hints and tips for hosting.

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Ten Minutes with Senior Wedding Coordinator, Alex Iceton

Ten Minutes with Senior Wedding Coordinator, Alex Iceton

There's no doubt that your Wedding Coordinator will play a huge part in your plans for your perfect day, so working with someone who is as excited by your big day as you are, but who has all of the experience and knowledge to help you to fully enjoy your day and the planning that goes into it is invaluable.

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Recipe of the Month: Aloo Gobi

Recipe of the Month: Aloo Gobi

by Andrew Soddy, Executive Head Chef at L'Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa

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The Classic Daiquiri

The Classic Daiquiri

The classic Daiquiri is a super simple rum cocktail that’s well-balanced and refreshing, read on to learn how to make your own.

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