Matfen Hall to host gastronomic feast which is out of this world
An evening of fine dining and stargazing is on the menu at Matfen Hall Hotel for January 2020.
We are delighted to be teaming up with the founder of Kielder Observatory, Gary Fildes to host Gastronomy – a feast for the body and mind!
After enjoying a welcome drink, guests will be invited to join Gary in the East Wing for a cosmic exploration of the Universe, complete with stunning visuals, the latest news and research and Gary’s infectious enthusiasm.
A stunning three-course meal will be served before everyone is encouraged to wrap up and head out to the Gardens where Gary and his team of astronomers will be on hand with telescopes, computers and cameras to help guests discover and wonder at some of the most stunning objects in the night sky.
Victoria Patton, Sales and Revenue Manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted – and more than a little excited – to have Gary and his team coming to Matfen Hall for what promises to be a magical night.
“We know our guests will be absolutely spellbound with what they’ll learn and experience on the night before being treated to a delicious three-course meal served up in our grand East Wing.”
Gary said: “I have been doing these events up and down the country and they have been a great success. Of course it has always been an aspiration to do them in the North East and we are delighted to be visiting Matfen Hall in the New Year.”
Our close proximity to the Northumberland Dark Sky Park, together with our reputation for fine food make Matfen Hall a perfect location for an event which combines the wonders of stargazing with an appreciation for all things foodie.
Gary, who left Kielder Observatory earlier this year after 18 years, continued: “Guests will be able to take a look through the telescopes we’ll set up on the night – provided the sky is clear enough. Making such a lovely night of it with fine food and the indoor presentation too is really special.
“All I always want to do is get as many people as I can engaging with astronomy and getting out to different places has been wonderful. Although people often start knowing very little, by the end of the evening there are a lot of big questions being asked and answered!”
Stars, planets, galaxies, star clusters and star-forming nebula will all be on the stargazing menu on the night.
Meanwhile the food menu looks pretty exciting too, with a starter of Escabeche of stone bass with pickled cucumbers, toasted sourdough and crayfish; a main course of Seared venison loin, pancetta, roast root vegetables and barley risotto; and a dessert of Dark chocolate and clementine torte with orange sorbet.
Victoria added: “The Gastronomy night looks set to be really popular with its exciting combination of wonderful food, stunning surroundings and an amazing opportunity to find out more about the mysteries of the universe. We know people are going to have a very special night.”