On Wednesday, May 17th, I had the privilege of attending the Midlands Meander’s very 1st Popup Kitchen boasting fine dining off grills at Granny Mouse Country House & Spa amongst a selected few fellow bloggers and social media personalities.
Granny Mouse Country House & Spa is the perfect combination of relaxation and luxury. With a heritage spanning 30 years, award-winning cuisine and wine, coupled with a host of elegant accommodation options, Granny Mouse Country House & Spa has customised their ethos of being a, “home away from home!”
After checking in just after 2 pm, we retreated to our rooms to enjoy some quiet time before the evening got underway.
I was placed in a deluxe room, which was gorgeous. As you walk in you are welcomed with the smell of lavender and you immediately feel a sense of relaxation.
My favourite part about the room is the small touches, like the fireplace, complimentary mini bar, floral accents in the bathroom and the wonderful his and hers gown and slippers.
At 5:30 pm I made my way down to the main lounge where the guests would gather at 6 pm. I enjoyed some time near the fireplace and chatted to those that had also come down earlier. At 6 pm, the bubbly was poured and canapes served and Sean Granger, the General Manager of Granny Mouse welcomed everyone with a heartfelt speech which started off with, “Welcome home family & friends…” – which made everyone feel relaxed and ready to embrace the exciting dinner awaiting us.
When arriving at the wedding chapel, a long table was set out for us with stunning decor and fairy lights that shone against the glassware to illuminate the area. (This is also such a great idea for an intimate wedding setting).
The popup kitchen was set up nearby where Culinary Artists Wayland Green and Kirstie du Toit prepared the food for the evening, with a fire on the go, to add warmth and ambiance.
With a menu to compliment the relaxed fine dining done off grills, we were presented with the following:
For the table:
Steamed mielie bread & sundried tomato, basil & mozzarella Braai broodjie accompanied by olive tapenade & sweet tomato & basil chutney.
Prawn & hake sausage, wild fennel & corn cream, corn kernels & salsa verde garnish with verbena & wild fennel.
Wood grilled beef fillet, ox liver stout jus, caramelised sweet potatoes, peppered baby corn & carrots, fresh diced green pepper & red onion.
Deconstructed trifle with roasted almond flakes, chargrilled fruits, banana cream, Frangelico custard & puff pastry.
The Barrio Sauvignon Blanc (with lemon grass aromas & passion fruit) and Glenelly Cabernet Sauvignon (touch of spice & chocolate with a complexity of flavours to the nose of blackcurrant & cherry).
Apart from the amazing food and wine, the company was incredible and with an instabooth, provided by KZN Wedding DJ to capture the action, the event saw lots of fun and laughter by all the guests.
According to Sean Granger, General Manager of Granny Mouse, “The event not only made history as the first of its kind in the area, but #grannymouse trended at number 1 in South Africa on Twitter for 28 hours. We were still trending the next day with #popupkitchen taking second place from 6 am. I believe in setting trends and having Granny Mouse lead from the front.”
For more information about Granny Mouse visit http://www.grannymouse.co.za.
They are also currently running an amazing winter special, so why not book a getaway in the country.
Till next time!