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Derbyshire Life Business Leaders Luncheon at Horsley Lodge

PUBLISHED: 00:00 19 June 2017

Kirpal Bidmead, Paul Sabin and Claire Rudkin

Kirpal Bidmead, Paul Sabin and Claire Rudkin

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Businessmen and women from across the county joined Derbyshire Life for a special luncheon at Horsley Lodge, near Derby

The prestigious privately owned Horsley Lodge, golf club, hotel and restaurantThe prestigious privately owned Horsley Lodge, golf club, hotel and restaurant

The picturesque surroundings of Horsley Lodge in early spring provided a peaceful setting for a Business Leaders Luncheon hosted by Derbyshire Life.

Taking time out from busy schedules to attend the event, county businessmen and women arrived to a sparkling reception in the bright and airy conservatory entrance of the Amber Suite, where the hotel, restaurant and golf club hosts conferences, weddings and celebrations.

Horsley Lodge has been in the capable hands of the Salt family for over 25 years and under the careful guidance of brothers Richard and Malcolm, has grown from the farmhouse they purchased into one of the region’s leading family-owned hotels and golf courses.

Set within 180 acres of rolling countryside, the prestigious venue boasts impressive facilities including a contemporary restaurant with stunning views, attractive wedding and conference facilities, and 14 individually-designed bedroom suites – including two spacious cottages – offering home from home comfort just minutes from Derby city centre. The jewel in Horsley Lodge’s crown is an 18-hole championship golf course which is ranked as one of the finest in the Midlands.

Tasteful refurbishments in recent years have ensured the surroundings remain as sophisticated and stylish as ever and the Amber Suite’s smartly-dressed tables provided the perfect backdrop for our luncheon.

Whilst the hotel is overseen by experienced manager Mark Green, the kitchen team is led by talented chef Paul Orridge, who showcased his passion for local ingredients and modern British food in deftly-made canapés of smoked salmon; melon and mint soup; goats’ cheese and tomato mousse; and ham and chilli served on miniature spoons, priming our tastebuds for the delights to follow.

After a warm welcome from Richard Salt, who discussed the importance of supporting and celebrating local businesses, we began with a simple yet succulent starter of pan-fried tuna niçoise salad – a delicious, fresh-flavoured dish.

In between courses guests enjoyed a highly entertaining and informative wine introduction by Simon Grayson of Matthew Clark wines, who kindly provided well-matched accompaniments of Picpoul de Pinet, Waipara Hills Pinot Noir and Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve Noble Late Harvest, which all added depth and interest to each beautifully-presented dish.

Tender confit duck leg was the star of the main course. Served on top of creamy fondant potatoes with spring greens and a moreish plum glaze, the meat had been perfectly cooked and its freshness was evident.

There was a palpable sense of anticipation and then delight as dessert arrived. Fittingly titled ‘fairground memories’, it was a harmonious combination of toffee apple mille-feuille, popcorn ice cream, a brandy snap basket, feather-light candy floss, chocolate sauce and honeycomb pieces – a sweet-lover’s dream!

Tea and coffee rounded off a memorable meal and one that had been prepared with expert attention to detail. Whether the purpose of your visit is to eat, drink, sleep or play golf, if this luncheon was anything to go by, an excellent experience awaits.

Horsley Lodge, Smalley Mill Rd, Derby DE21 5BL. Tel: 01332 780838, www.horsleylodge.co.uk

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