Firstly, CONGRATULATIONS! Getting engaged has probably been a moment that you have been waiting for since you were young. Now you finally have a ring on your finger, it most probably feels like you have a TONNE of stuff to do and get organised before the big day. Don’t stress – remember to enjoy your time under your newly dubbed ‘fiancée’ title, you deserve it!
We have compiled a list of 8 things things to do after getting engaged (yes, just 8!) you must do once you and your partner are engaged. First thing’s first – tell the world! Call your parents, FaceTime your bestie, post an obligatory selfie and let everyone know what has just happened. It’s a huge milestone in anyone’s relationship and would be a shame to keep it under wraps. Oh, a don’t forget to make it Facebook official… people go wild for exciting news whilst they’re on their way to work!
Secondly, does your ring fit properly? Whether you have previously been to get your finger sized with your partner or not, it is so important to have a ring that fits like a glove (literally). You don’t want it too tight or too loose. If you are unsure, take it to the jewellers who will best advise you on your size (they often do half-sizes too). This brings us onto number 3 – insurance.
So often we hear about missing engagement rings which were not insured. This is not only a strain on the purse strings, but also devastating as ‘the original’ holds so much sentimental value. You are able to get possession insurance through your household insurer, but again, your jeweller can advise you on this too as you will need a valuation to certify all the details about your ring in order to submit to your insurer.
Number 4 (our favourite) - CELEBRATE. This is such an exciting time for both you and your family and friends and let us tell you, they just cannot wait to see the ring either! Engagement parties have become extremely popular over the past 5 years and can almost give a wedding a run for its money! Whether you want something simple like a private dining experience with your nearest and dearest, or something more extravagant like throwing a huge party, we recommend that this is done within the first 6 months of engagement. Here at Orsett Hall Hotel one of the top wedding venues, we have some fantastic party packages and wedding packages in Essex for you to take advantage of so take a look! We also cater for private dining events, intimate gatherings and so much more; contact us for a quote today!
After you have celebrated and you have time to sit back with your partner, we recommend that you spend this time wisely and (cue number 5) discuss your wedding day. This doesn’t have to be all the little intricate details but just enough so that you can gauge a budget, style and time of year you want to marry.
Number 6 - Setting a budget is probably the most important here. Is there wiggle room? Do you want to keep it under £10,000? Who is paying for what? Without a budget costs can easily spiral out of control. We have a number of incredible wedding packages in Essex which are a great way to keep costs down and still have the wedding of your dreams.
Another must-do and one to add to the list is our number 7 – attend exhibitions and open days. These are a fantastic way to help open your mind if you either have no idea what you want, or if you know exactly what you want and are looking for suppliers. We hold around 6 open days and evenings a year which give our perspective bride and grooms the opportunity to view Orsett Hall, one of the top a wedding venue in Essex. We dress each function room ready for a wedding which aids visualisation and we have our dedicated Wedding Team on hand to answer any questions.
Last but not least is number 8 – get booking! By no means should you rush, but the sooner you start booking things such as your venue, florist, photographer, caterers, cake maker etc. the sooner you can relax and enjoy engaged life. Remember that suppliers get booked up sometimes years in advance so it’s best to start gathering your quotes early. By booking and paying deposits, you will also know how much money is outstanding giving you a better idea on how much saving up is required.
If you would like to visit Orsett Hall Hotel for a viewing and to have a chat with our Wedding Team, please call us on 01375 891 402. Our next Open Evening is Wednesday 22nd January 5.30pm – 9pm which is free entry, so please do pop in and see us. Visit our website for further information.
Here at Orsett Hall Hotel, our team offer the sympathetic, efficient service you need with the level of support required to make those sensitive decisions when arranging a wake or funeral. No matter how large or small, we are experienced in hosting wakes and have a dedicated team at your disposal. Put your trust in us at this difficult time to ensure a smooth-running event so you can focus on spending much needed time with your family and friends.
Our aim is to make the whole process of organising the reception as easy and as stress-free as possible for you from start to finish. We have a highly skilled and mindful events team who will be with you every step of the way to ensure all details are in hand and that nothing is overseen. We also have a fantastic onsite florist, Aura Design, who are specialist floral designers and create both memorable and exquisite arrangements for our guests.
Our beautiful and welcoming hotel certainly helps to make your day as pleasant as can be. Set in the rolling Essex countryside, Orsett Hall is easily accessible for those travelling from near or far with fantastic transport and motorway links all the way from Central London and beyond. We are located just a 15-minute drive from both Corbets Tey Crematorium and Pitsea Crematorium. Ample parking is available onsite as well as dedicated disabled parking spaces close to the hotel reception.
People often have to travel long distances for funerals which is where our stunning hotel bedrooms come into use. We have 56 stunning bedrooms which are all uniquely decorated and offer guests a peaceful retreat for the night if required.
We have function rooms available with capacities from just 30 to over 400, and are pleased to offer very competitive rates. Please do get in touch and let us know how we can best help you and your family at this time.
Our function suites are all individually decorated and have their own unique styles, so if there is something you are looking for in particular from a venue then we have the space to best suit you and your requirements. For example, you might be looking for a room with fantastic scenery, natural daylight, its own private bar or garden accessibility – all of which we can offer.
Our outstanding catering allows guests to tailor their event exactly to their taste. From buffets to afternoon tea, and canapés to a full sit-down meal, we are able to provide you with a number of choices depending on your requirements for the day. We have specially created function menus for our guests to choose from, however if there is a particular dish or menu you have in mind then we are more than happy to discuss this with you to create something more bespoke. Our packages start from just £14 per person which includes food, beverages, complimentary room hire and private bar facilities.
A unique offering which is available for our guests to utilise is our breath-taking onsite Chapel. A fully licensed, tranquil venue for those looking for an intimate memorial service. It can be used for both religious and non-religious ceremonies and services.
Please fill out a Funeral Proposal form if you need to start planning today. Alternatively, call our Events Team on 01375 891 402 for more information and advice.
We are very excited to announce the launch of our brand-new menu in The Garden Brasserie this October! The menu, which has been designed and developed by our talented chefs, is a fantastic reflection of everything we believe in here at Orsett Hall Hotel. Fresh ingredients which have been locally sourced, combined and constructed in such a way that highlights delicious tastes and flavours appealing to all palettes.
Each dish has its own unique style which introduces an exciting twist to our much-loved menu. Our chefs have been creative, yet still are able to serve classic dishes which are always popular with our diners such as the Fisherman’s Pie and our mouth-watering Slow Cooked Pork Belly (See below - mmm!).
Not only are we serving ‘The Classics’, our vegan and vegetarian diners are in for a special treat, too! Our Sweet & Sour Tofu dish is simply delicious and is packed full of Asian-inspired flavours, you will think you’re in the Far East! The Cauliflower Steak is also a new addition – succulent, juicy and a true taste adventure. Even the most devout meat-eaters will enjoy these gems!
Brasserie by name, brasserie by nature! We can’t forget our friends from the deep! Soft Shell Crab, Darne of Salmon, Pan Fried Stone Bass… we can go on but are getting far too hungry over here! Cooked to perfection with wonderful complimentary sides, our fish selection is every pescatarians dream!
Not forgetting our incredible desserts, something which we pride ourselves on here at Orsett Hall! Don’t panic: we can confirm that our famous Carrot & Walnut Cake still takes pride and place on our menu (obviously!) and is back with some pretty delicious alternatives too. Chocolate Fondant, Apple Tartin and Baked Honeycomb Cheesecake is all we are giving you to get those taste-buds tingling!
Along with the new dishes comes a brand-new look menu which exudes sophistication, simplicity and style and we cannot wait for you to see it! Our A la Carte menu features all of the above dishes and more, and we still have our Set Menu in place which is just £20pp for 2 courses and £25pp for three courses.
If you would like to visit The Garden Brasserie for lunch or dinner, we are open every Tuesday – Saturday. Our afternoon teas are available 7 days a week. Visit our website to book your reservation and we very much look forward to welcoming you soon.
There has been a lot of exciting changes in Orsett Hall Spa since we took ownership in 2018! We understand that your time at the spa is precious which is why we aim to be the best! This means that we not only offer guests state-of-the-art facilities with extra fluffy towels and robes, but we also pride ourselves on our luxurious treatments and packages.
Earlier this year we excelled in our field by adding the use of Elemis products and specifically designed and bespoke Elemis treatments. Elemis have been market leaders in the cosmetic world since 1988, so we knew that this would add a whole new level of luxury to our wonderful spa.
Our expert Spa Team have been trained in Elemis to ensure the correct treatment is perfectly matched to you, your skin type and your desired results. Offering both treatments for men and women, why not enjoy a spa day with your partner and indulge in the Elemis experience? We promise you won’t be disappointed!
Designed to respect the body’s complex physiology, their spa therapies work in natural synergy with the skin, body and mind. Every treatment is specifically designed to offer a unique experience, using powerful massage sequences and the most potent actives available in the world today.
Pro-Collagen Age Defy
We have introduced this group of therapies to specifically target and combat the signs of ageing. Experience the age-defying benefits of marine-charged Padina Pavonica whilst targeted massage encourages optimum cellular function.
Our Age-Defy treatments start at £75*
Pro-Definition Lift & Contour
We can help to restore the architecture of your face using our unique plant actives involved in this treatment. This gives a profoundly, sculpted youthful effect.
Our Age-Defy treatments start at £75*
We utilise the Elemis Biotec system to deliver highly effective, super-charged facial treatments to reboot cellular performance, enhancing the skins ability to repair, renew and retone. Combining a unique synergy of touch, technology and motion, it is possible to deliver immediate, visible and longer-lasting results.
Our Biotec treatments start at £65*
Additional Elemis treatments available in our spa include pregnancy massages, anti-blemish facials, skin energisers and a range of Elemis for Men treatments. Please see our online brochure for a full list of treatments.
*prices are subject to change.
If you would like to book in for a treatment in our luxurious spa, please call 01375 893 092 or email email@example.com. We very much look forward to welcoming you soon
We are all guilty of doing a ‘quick dash’ to big supermarkets to buy food, however, now more than ever we are in danger of losing our family butchers, grocery shops and bakeries that our parents and grandparents have been using for decades! Investing in local producers is so much more than buying British; the produce is packed full of flavour and also helps the environment and keeps our local economy alive.
Here in The Garden Brasserie, we swear by using local suppliers for our ingredients. Not only is this exciting, but it is invigorating, sociable and mentally very satisfying! It allows us to have a play around with ingredients which enables us to get creative in the kitchen and feature some wonderful, seasonal dishes.
If you are a customer at The Garden Brassiere you might have had our 28-day aged steaks or maybe our mouth-watering Suffolk chicken. We, at Orsett Hall Hotel, are extremely proud to use local suppliers which you can taste in all of our dishes on the menu.
Our meats are sourced from Traymoor Meats, based in Dunmow, who source quality produce from approved abattoirs and are proud members of the Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society along with the renowned Scotch Beef Club. With full traceability being such a high for the chefs here, it’s great that we can trace our meat from the farm to the plates we proudly serve.
Our other meat supplier is Direct Meats who are based in Colchester. We are also able to undertake full traceability on the produce. Our star meat from them is their delicious Dingley Dell Pork! It is such a brilliant product which is packed full of incredible flavours and is certainly a cut above (pardon the pun) any other pork that we have tried.
Chefs Choice is our local fruit and vegetable supplier. They go above and beyond for us, and we would never switch suppliers. The fruit and vegetables we obtain from Chefs Choice are truly delightful, extra juicy and flavoursome. Based in Basildon, they never fail to source even the smallest of items we might that no one else can get for us. They definitely live up to their company motto; ‘If we can, we will.’
Chefs Choice also help us with seasonality in products and inform us if there might be a shortage of a certain product before the supermarkets even find out! This enables us to tailor our dishes which is what helps to make our menus so unique and exciting. Locally, they are members of the Essex Chambers of Commerce which helps smaller businesses succeed, Chefs Choice is one of our longest serving suppliers having used them for around 9 years.
Not forgetting our ever-popular Afternoon Tea, we use a high-class tea company called Newby. They are based in London and their initial aim was to “reintroduce quality tea and revive the world’s love for it”; that has certainly happened here at Orsett Hall Hotel! They purchase the highest quality tea leaves which are in their prime for picking. This ensures the purest taste of tea, which is fantastic for us as we like tea the good old-fashioned way by serving loose-leaf tea! Not only is it a sustainable company, it is owned by the N Sethia Foundation, a registered charity, with projects and programmes for all across the globe, ensuring absolute integrity and standards.
Our Afternoon Tea is also available in Savoury & Children’s Options
If you would like to have a taste of our local produce which have been delicately coupled with complimentary flavours and spices, The Garden Brasseries is open for both lunch and dinner every Tuesday – Saturday. Our afternoon teas are available 7 days a week. Visit our website to book your reservation and we very much look forward to welcoming you soon.
No wedding is complete without those extra special pieces which will truly wow your guests. Of course, your chosen venue plays a huge part when it comes to creating individuality and personality. Our venue for example, offers couples the choice of 6 unique spaces to dress in whichever way they like, whether it be timeless and traditional, or quaint and quirky! Your reception room is your playground; decide on a style with your partner and fill it with items that capture one another’s personalities.
However simple your interior may be, decorations can turn your wedding day into the celebration that you have always dreamed of. For example, our Chapel is a truly stunning environment complete with high ceilings, wooden pews and a mezzanine floor, you really don’t need a lot to accentuate the beauty of this place! We provide our couples with the beautiful white flower arrangements, but decorations such as candles and lanterns can be added as personal touches.
the chapel at orsett hall HOTEL
Before you make your way to craft shops or start filling your online baskets, you must first highlight what you need to decorate and/or hire. Visit your venue on upcoming open days or organise a meeting with your planner and make a note of what you need. Here are a few things for you to think about:
Our Pavilion – Chair covers, centrepieces, floristry by Aura Design
Almost everything you will write down on your list will be available in a whole host of colours! Once you have your colour scheme sorted, which often falls in line with bridesmaids’ dresses, the finer details and decisions will become easier. Couples also choose colours depending on the season; we see more rich colours such as deep purples and reds in the winter, whereas in the summer we see more soft peaches and blush pinks. The above image is our pavilion; a spacious room which is a blank canvas which our couples love! It can be decorated to fit in with any colour scheme.
Seasonality also helps when choosing the smaller details too – favours or place names for example. Favours often have a personal meaning to couples as they symbolise a ‘thank you’ to the guests, a gift which guests can take with them. This could be a traditional pouch of sugared almonds, personalised lollipops or even handmade soaps! The possibilities are endless and are completely unique to you.
Pinecone place name at an Autumn wedding
If you would like more information or inspiration then please do pop in and see us! Our experienced wedding team will be on hand to show you around our venue, and help you wherever possible. We have 3 excellent onsite suppliers which include:
Aura Design: Venue Decorators & Florist – 01375 893 598
Rolls Royce Phantom – 01708 805 500
The Sitting Rooms Hairdressers – 01375 893 081
You can find more details about our additional services here.
The Secret Ingredients of Afternoon Tea at Orsett Hall Hotel
Lovers of a traditional afternoon tea complete with dreamy sponge cakes, generously filled finger sandwiches and delicate pastries and tarts will certainly not be disappointed after a visit to Orsett Hall Hotel. Every dish is executed under the keen eye of Head Chef Robert Pearce in The Garden Brasserie, who understands that afternoon tea is an experience, and a truly special one at that!
The experience begins as soon as you step inside The Garden Brasserie which truly is a floral wonderland. The beautiful décor and delicate ornaments and embellishments take you away from the hustle and bustle of life, immersing you into a calming atmosphere to enjoy with friends and family. The big feature windows allow natural daylight to flood into the room and make the views of the garden spectacular; hence The ‘Garden’ Brasserie.
Let’s start at the table: tantalizing those taste buds is our extensive tea menu which features invigorating fresh mints, fruity red berries, herbal greens and so much more! There is one key factor which sets us apart from other hotels serving afternoon tea; we will only ever use the best tea leaves we can get our hands on! The flavours are extraordinary.
The first tier is where your culinary experience starts. An assortment of delicious sandwiches and bridge rolls including a velvety cream cheese and cucumber and a perfectly balanced sweet smoked salmon. We always include an added extra to the plate which our guests always have a soft spot for; a popular treat in particular is our homemade sausage rolls – truly scrumptious!
The second tier has the very important role of carry our sweet treats. Boasting baked delights such as filled pastries, macarons and tarts which will be sure to satisfy your sweet craving! These treats are always changing, thanks to our inventive Chefs, so no two visits will be the same!
At last but certainly not least is our top tier which is where our freshly baked scones and soft cakes lie. The fantastic smell alone is enough to awaken your senses! Smother your scones in clotted cream and jam before digging in to experience the full taste sensation. Tempting, right? Far too tempting to ignore in our opinion!
If you have already visited us for traditional afternoon tea, or if you would like to try something different then look no further! Here at Orsett Hall Hotel, you are able to choose from a range of options to suit your occasion:
Don’t just take our word for it, here are a selection of reviews from our afternoon tea guests:
“My daughter treated me to a special 70th afternoon tea, the food was amazing. I would definitely recommend to my family & friends!” – D.D
“Great afternoon with truly wonderful food!” – S.M
“Had afternoon tea for my mums birthday, it was a lovely day – friendly & excellent service and the food was amazing.” – M.W
“My very first afternoon tea experience and it was fantastic. They catered for my allergies with a separate tier selection of cakes and sandwiches. Very impressed indeed!” – S.T
“Lovely afternoon tea! Great food, setting & service!” – L.K
Served daily from 12pm – 4.30pm, our afternoon tea menus allow you to enjoy freshly prepared, mouthwatering food as well as refreshing drinks. The perfect experience to enjoy with both family and friends for a range of occasions! To book, please call us on 01375 891 402 or visit www.orsetthall.co.uk
Meet Robert Pearce, the chef making magic in the kitchen of Garden Brasserie, our restaurant in Orsett. We asked him a few questions so that you can get to know him a little and get inspired before enjoying a delicious meal. If you are looking for restaurants in Orsett, then look no further! We have everything you wish for a perfect breakfast, lunch or dinner.
What are the TOP 5 flavors a guest can taste at Orsett Hall?
"This is a tough question as it is so hard to only choose 5 flavours. For me fresh ingredients are paramount and this comes across in our dishes, I also like to shop locally wherever possible. Certain flavours work well with meat and others with fish. I think Plant based dishes will grow in popularity this year, my team also enjoy coming up with new ideas for Vegans and Vegetarians."
Which chef's do you consider a role model and why?
"The Chef’s I work alongside everyday are great role models, we have a great range of ages, characters and personalities. There are always new idea’s being thrown around the kitchen which helps us be innovative and ahead of the game."
If you could cook for one last time only, what would you cook for the guests of Orsett Hall?
"I would have to cook one of our Chef’s tasting menu’s. 7 courses of pure delight, starting from amuse bouche, then on to starters, fish course, then main course would range from beef fillet to lamb cannon. Our pre-dessert is a show stopper, a take on egg & soldiers, with vanilla panacotta and passionfruit gel remembering the egg and the French toasted brioche fingers mirroring the soldiers. Finishing with a rich chocolate indulgence."
What do you absolutely have to have in your kitchen?
"I really enjoy having a thermomix in the kitchen. I feel it's such a good machine in terms of an all-round machine. It blends, chops and cooks all in the same process, it can even make sorbets and knead bread for us. It's almost like having another chef that plugs in."
Why should people dine at The Garden Brasserie in Orsett Hall?
"We have such broad cuisine at the Garden Brasserie. You can enjoy traditional fish & chips whilst your dining guests tuck into a beef fillet rossini or a traditional cheese board instead of our signature carrot cake dish. The plant pot is made out of chocolate and the carrots look like they are growing out of the soil which is chocolate crumbs. Presentation is a huge part of what we do."
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