You shall go to the ball
York’s leading hotel is giving businesses the chance to experience the opulence of Edwardian entertaining at its finest this Christmas.
In the run up to the festive season the five-star The Grand, York, is preparing to host a full programme of Christmas lunches, afternoon teas and celebrations.
But the highlight of its schedule will be a glittering Gala Ball on 12 December.
Built in 1906 for one of the most powerful railway companies in England, The Grand, York, is now the city’s finest hotel – overlooking the city walls and with views of historic York Minster.
And it is throwing open its historic Grand Boardroom for an evening of dining and dancing.
The oak-panelled room – which played host to some of the 20th century’s most important figures – will be a lavishly decorated backdrop as guests are welcomed with canapés and Prosecco before sitting down to a formal, four-course dinner.
This will begin with a starter of chicken and leek and tarragon terrines with pickled mushrooms, followed by a fish course of cured chalk stream trout, with kohlrabi, pickled garlic and horseradish.
This will be followed by traditional roast turkey with a dessert of almond bavarois with mulled pears, blackberry sorbet and Amaretti biscuit.
Dinner will be rounded off with coffee and petits fours and guests can then dance the night away to live music from York-based quartet, The Players.
“The Grand Boardroom has been the setting for a great number of rather dazzling events – both social and corporate – over the past century or so,” said, general manager, Philip Bolson, “but this year we intend to top them all.
“Great care is being taken already to prepare the room, so its chandeliers sparkle and its marble is gleaming and, by the time it is fully dressed for Christmas, it will look absolutely spectacular.
“Our chefs, too, have created a superb menu, so I am confident our Gala Ball will be the best party in the city this Christmas – and the perfect treat for corporate clients, colleagues and friends.”
Tickets for the Gala Ball, which starts at 7.30pm with carriages at 12.30am, are priced at £65.