Thursday 8 December 2016

Christmas Spectacular - Potters Resort Press Evening*

I love everything about Christmas so when I was invited to the Potters Resort Christmas Spectacular I couldn’t wait to see what it was all about. Located in Hopton, Norfolk, Potters Resort is less than 30 miles from my home and takes less than an hour to get to. I can tell you now it was well worth the trip! I was kindly invited to the press event by Danielle who greeted me on arrival and spent the evening making sure everything was ok.

We arrived at 6:30pm for a drinks reception. James was driving so on arrival I took a glass of champagne which was swiftly replaced when I’d finished it! James took an orange juice. We mingled with the other guests and members of the Potter family until it was time to be seated for our meal. The tables were laid out with a festive theme and place names. I was sat next to Danielle and James.

At 7pm we were seated for our five course dinner with selected wines. I apologise now for the photos, I didn’t feel it necessary to take my full sized camera so these have all been taken with my phone. We were served a starter of Parsnip and Apple soup which was really nice and served hot with a bread roll and butter. The service was really good, we were all given our meals at the same time and the empty plates were promptly taken away when we had finished. I washed my meal down with some white wine which was really nice and again, refilled as soon as it was empty!

The second course, another starter was then served. We had a choice of three dishes, I went for the Confit Chicken and Mango Salad with a Coronation Dressing which was really tasty and not too bulky. James had Smoked Salmon and another lady on the table went for the third option, a Cheese Soufflé which looked liked it had risen to perfection.

For our main courses we had four options including a carvery. This looked really fresh and lovely but after having a lot of leftover turkey I opted for something else. I originally asked the waiter for the fish but he misheard me and I was served the Grilled Aubergine, Beetroot and Walnut Filo Pastry Stack. I didn’t mind at all, it was delicious and something I have never had before. James went for a Breaded Pork Fillet which he polished off so I assume it was nice!

For dessert there was a large selection of cold desserts on offer including cheesecakes, ice creams and sorbets. I went for the chocolate cake and it was gorgeous. James had profiteroles. There was also the option of Christmas Pudding which did tempt me!

We were then served tea and coffee. Santa and his elves came through to tell us the show would be starting soon. At 9pm we went on through to the Atlas Theatre for Potters Theatre Company to present The Great Christmas Songbook. I really didn’t know what to expect from this show but it was absolutely brilliant. The first half consisted of a Pantomime style play with a young girl as the lead and lots of singing and dancing. The second part of the show was my favourite, a Top of the Pops style setting with lots of Christmas songs that I could sing along to my heart's content! the clapping routine was spectacular!

Afterwards there was a surprise guest appearance from Leanne Mitchell. Leanne is my friend Sabrina’s cousin and winner of The Voice UK. It was great to see her live after hearing so much about her singing and meeting her way back in my childhood.

Overall, I had a really great time at Potters Resort. A massive thank you to the lovely Danielle for inviting me and for the great team at Potters who made this night one to remember!

To find out more about the events and accommodation available at Potters, head over to their website.

*I attended this event free of charge.

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