Private Dining

Intimate. Stylish. Our Library and new Summer House really set the mood for special occasion dining. But don’t just take our word for it. We asked Jean Jobling to tell us about her Merchants Manor Ruby Anniversary dinner.

Jean and her husband Chris met at teacher training college in the 1970s. After having three children they found that family life had taken over their alone time. So they wanted to make their Ruby Anniversary one to remember.

Hatching plans

“We knew we wanted an intimate occasion, so we thought of Merchants Manor,” says Jean.

“We’re members of the Leisure Club and saw the Library one day on the way to the swimming pool. It looked perfect. We met Sioned over coffee and told her what we had in mind. The team was extremely helpful and very efficient. We felt the pressure lifted right from the start.

On the day

“We were given our own host who looked after our every need.

“Everything was ready when we arrived and our host met us before our guests arrived. We have three children; one son was over from Hong Kong, our other son came with his wife from Kent, and our daughter came from Essex with her boyfriend. We had friends and family travelling from various places, so we wanted everything to be just right. And it was.

“The service was excellent throughout the evening, very thorough but understated and unobtrusive. The Library was ideal for our size and there was a lovely atmosphere. Everyone commented on the food. And people who hadn’t been to Merchants Manor before have gone back again for a meal.

"I’d recommend Merchants Manor for anyone planning a special event. The team works very hard to make it perfect.”

“We had friends and family travelling in from various places, so we wanted everything to be just right. And it was.”

Mrs Jobling, hosted her Ruby Anniversary celebration at Merchants Manor.

Your turn

If you’re planning a gathering with a foodie twist, we offer a range of three-course menus from £29pp. Or if it’s a more intimate event our team will be happy to arrange a bespoke menu to complement our cosy dining spaces such as the lounge [Link: Bar & Lounge] and Summer House [Link: The Grounds].


Arrange to come and look around, or set up a meeting with our events co-ordinator. Call us on 01326 312734, or drop us an email.