Ambassadors' Dinner at Dine

Ever since late autumn last year, I’ve been meaning and wanting to go back to Dine in Roundhay Park, Leeds. Last year, I was there part of work and the bloggers we teamed up with got served what looked like an amazing Afternoon Tea. I really wanted to come back myself and indulge in one and I hope I will one day.

Instead, coming back to Dine was for their Ambassadors’ Dinner which I got invited to ages ago. The official invite arrived end of last year and it’s the most beautiful invite I’ve ever received. Opening it, I knew this event would be extra special and I was right.

From Tuesday’s post, you know we started the evening with a flower crown making session. It was a great start and a good conversation starter for some of us that had never met before. Between the florist class and dinner we mingled in the foyer, featuring a massive staircase, over bubbles and canapes. Years ago, I attended another event here with work so I still remember the classy staircase really well. It brings so much grandeur to the venue and it’s the perfect spot for group photos.

Ambassadors' Dinner group photo

*image courtesy of Daniel Thubron, 123 Photography

Back to the food! Accompanying the sparkling wine we got treated to three different canapes. By this time I was quite hungry so ate a couple of each, oops! I fell in love with the little ice cream cones, filled with caprini goats cheese with tomato & dill concase, fig & balsamic caviar. I mean, look at it! They where so cute I had to take pictures, but also stare at them before eating. the other two delicious canapes were venison tartare on chocolate spätzle discs and ham hock & smoked wensleydale croquette with apple gel.

Ice cream cone canape

The wine kept coming and also during the dinner with a separate wine per dish. I love this as it brings out different flavours from the food and when you have professionals who know how to pick them, it’s even better. I’m not great with wine in general, sparkling goes down really well and a glass of red now and again is nice. I think I drank far too much white wine in my student days but paired right with food, I do enjoy it.

For the three-course meal, I had the pleasure of being seated amongst lovely bloggers I already know (Lizi, Dash, Sarah, Tina and Louise). It was great having a proper catch-up with them all. Food is best enjoyed in great company, don’t you think. The table was beautifully decorated by Twisted Willow; a bit of height in there with branches but still low enough being able to see guests on the opposite side of the table.

Table Decoration

Dine Menu

I loved all the food we were served, especially the starter. If you’re a regular reader, you know I love fish and seafood so this was right up my street. The thing with seafood is that you know for certain the food is going to be refreshing. Never ever have I had fish that isn’t light and full of fresh flavour.

Starter

Crab & Saffron Risotto, Pan Fried Scallops & Tempura Soft Shell Crab

Wine – Hugel ‘Classic’ Pinot Blanc 2013

I do like a medium rare piece of meet too which is exactly what we got served for our main. This dish is really hearty, perfect for a cold January evening like it was when we attended.

Seafood Starter

Main Course

Fallow Deer with Spiced Umbrian Lentils, Choucroute, Smoked Kale & Chocolate Jus

Wine – Domaine Terres Georges ‘Quintessence’ Minervois 2014

The dessert is what failed me a little bit, I love chocolate but I’m one of those who don’t think chocolate and orange go well together. It’s weird as I love them separately and I don’t mind lemon or mint chocolate… The chocolate tart was super rich so if you’re a chocolate lover, you’ll enjoy this.

Venison Main

Dessert

Dark Chocolate & Rosemary Tart with Fennel Ice-Cream, Orange Sherbet & Baked White Chocolate

Wine – Quady Elysium Black Muscat 2015

Chocolate Dessert

If you’re looking to throw a party in Leeds, with gorgeous views (Roundhay Park), great service and amazing food, Dine is the place for you. I can’t think of a more grandiose and posh place in Leeds right now. Have you ever dined at Dine? If not, go, go, go!

A special thank you to Cicada Communications Limited for inviting me to this lovely event.

Jennie xx