It was mid October when in the offices of High Grosvenor and Hard to Find Wines a pow-wow wine marketing meeting was taking place. Managing Director Mark was all excited by his ‘cricketing’ mail shot pitch ... based around England’s tour of South Africa. The only snag being he had his pads on early, the tour was a month away from starting .. amazing what a year with COVID constraints can do. He downed his bat to which hospitality manager Tim retrieved and said let’s run with this. A prize draw shall be spun out to our supporters.

Over a cup of coffee the prize was decided, a mixed case of wines revolving around our ‘wedding wine list’ with the highlight being The First XI Belter. Yes you’ve guessed it, a cricket hitting wine with Rhone style from South Africa produced by Faf Du Plessis and A B De Villiers backed up by multi award winning wine maker and chum Wynland Groblaar.

A month of promoting led to many names added to our mailing list, minutes before the first ball was bowled on 27th November MD Mark had the honour of picking a winner from the 100 or more names placed in the oversized champagne flute. Rachel Holland was the grateful winner. For those wondering what happened to Mark's original mail shot? It was bowled out to HTFW’s mailing list to such a fantastic strike rate we sold out online within hours.

Megan, her fiancé Paul and 4 friends arrived at High Grosvenor the weekend before the Covid19 guidelines changed again the following Monday ... Phewww

Correspondence beforehand led us to decide upon a predominantly African tasting in regards to wines and spirits. Managing Director Mark Davies of our sister company Hard to Find Wines organised a portfolio to be proud of ...

Alongside artisan breads, oils and fruits we commenced with Le Lude Brut, the specialist Methode Cap Classique producer from Franschhoek, South Africa and lagers from Windhoek Namibia adding to the fizz.

An around the world Sauvignon Blanc trio to tingle the tastebuds were complimented by Haute Cabriere’s Chardonnay Pinot Noir ( Hard To Find Wine's best selling wine and long-standing South African partner farm ) and again from Haute Cabriere their Pinot Noir Rose which was a newbie on South African Megan ... it didn’t disappoint.

A starter of smoked salmon, crayfish and dill parcels with lemon dill mayonnaise was created by Executive Head Chef Mark Gittens.

Onto the reds which were enjoyed in our garden room as the weather was lush.. all of these were from South African producers. Glenwood's ‘Save Our Rhinos’, Rainbow's End Cabernet Franc, Asara Cape Fusion with the blockbuster conclusion being the First XI Belter, a wine which is made by Wynland Groblaar in unison with his school friend and cricketing god Faf Du Plessis and A B de Villiers of similar ilk. At this stage the guests were invited to the tasting rooms bar for the dinner hosted by Tim Hodgkinson, this consisted of individual ‘grazing plates’ of grilled chicken, slaws, fries and salads. H20 was required by some with this coming from our estate borehole. Wines were chosen from the tasting to accompany the meal with chef sending white chocolate and vanilla Creme brûlée’s to sweeten the mood.

Post dinner was informal, music played a few danced whilst enjoying spirits including the Capes KWV Pot Still Brandy, Amarula cream liquor and gins from the aforementioned Asara Estate In Stellenbosch. Chef Mark even found time to send a wondrous cheese platter which was appreciated late into the night ............

" The estate and house are stunning! We would love to return one of these days to stay a little longer. The beds super comfy and the house had everything you needed - I have very fond memories of playing giant Jenga in the garden - even the sun came out for us that weekend which was just the cherry on top!

In terms of the wine tasting, Tim and Mark were super professional and very knowledgeable about their products. I was pleasantly surprised by HC Pinot noir rose as I don’t usually drink rose at all! But the winner for the evening had to be the final tasting, the Asara Cape Fusion was just superb! Thank you so much for the enjoyable weekend and your hospitality! " Megan

All the wines mentioned can be found on our sister site

Updated: Dec 9, 2020

Arriving one late summers afternoon for a socially distanced chat over the wall Tom and Hazel shared their love story... Inviting them back for a look around it became apparent High Grosvenor was the wedding venue for them. Recommended by a local Shropshire venue we were thrilled to be able to offer the last minute date and the plans were readied.

At this stage, as they had already prepared the majority, it was a happy case of delivering their dreams in regards to the food and beverages. Being an autumnal date a hearty soup followed by Shepherd’s Pie was accompanied by wines from our sister company Hard to Find Wines.

Staying in the house for 2 nights set us up for the big day, even a late change due to the pandemic couldn’t stop this happy couple, 30 guests to 15 was taken in their stride just 2 weeks prior...

On the day the sun shone, the bridal party and cars were looking fabulous. A church service in Shifnal then on arrival canapés and drinks were served, we couldn’t have wished for anymore.

The professional photos taken by Weddings By Jenny prove ‘They can’t cancel love ❤️’.

"My fiancé and I had booked our wedding elsewhere, however due to coronavirus we had to postpone that idea. We still wanted to get married and we came across High Grosvenor, we new it was our venue as soon as we saw it. Tim and the team were absolutely amazing!! Nothing was too much and communication was fab. You truly made our special day magical! We both agreed that our wedding day was better than we could have ever imagined, thank you so much for making our Covid wedding safe and spectacular" Tom & Hazel

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