On Friday 30th December 2016 we hosted something fun for the no man's land between Christmas and New Years. Guests joined us for our Nordic Feast which featured a smorgasbord of warming Scandinavian inspired comfort food. Using some seriously seasonal ingredients this style of food perfectly showcased the fantastic local produce available mid winter. And did you know the Scandinavian and Nordic food scene is taking off at the moment, apparently it's the next big thing! Have read here. Skål!
Nordic Feast Menu
6.30pm - at the bar
House smoked mackerel, pear & celery on rye (smørrebrød), wild alexanders, mustard & dill dressing
Knightor Rose Vermouth and Tonic Spritzer
7.30pm - sit down feast
Slow roast cauliflower & juniper soup, crispy leaves & crunchy sourdough
Harbourside Pale Ale, St Ives
Meatballs, home made brown sauce, pickled cucumber, red cabbage, barley, caramelised onion rings, bacon & cabbage cream sauce
Skinners Betty Stoggs Bitter
Home smoked cheese, celery & skyr remoulade, pickled red onion and rye crouton
Penpont Cornish Arvour Amber Ale
Beer pancakes with pine custard, honey and pollen
Fowey Valley Sparkling Vintage Cider
What is the perfect recipe for a winter wedding?
You need exclusive use of a cosy Cornish barn.
You need to swap Champagne for mulled wine, and canapes for fresh warm scones and clotted cream.
And some merry loved ones always help!
On that basis, I can’t think of any better venues than Knightor winery for a winter wedding.
I got married at Knightor the end of November 2014, before I started working here as the wedding coordinator! We loved the cosy feel to Knightor, and being able to use the working winery for pictures was probably the selling point for us. The food is also outstanding, and we loved how quiet and tucked away Knightor is. My husband and I are both big fans of crisp cold mornings, and dark cosy nights so we couldn’t think of a better time of year to get married. This also fitted in well with my wedding theme and meant on my shopping list was ‘weddington boots’ and ‘bride’ and ‘bridesmaid’s’ umbrellas.
Being November also helped convince my now Husband that my very indulgent purchase of a hand-made ostrich feather cape was not just a want, it was a necessity in case it was cold! We filled Knightor with fairly lights and candles and the effect was stunning!
There are some added perks to getting married in the winter. People tend to go on holiday during the summer, so in theory your guests shouldn’t be off globetrotting. Nobody can control the weather (especially in Cornwall). During the summer if it rains at a wedding it can have a huge impact! If the ceremony is planned for outside this can be a disaster, people aren’t prepared for the rain, and outfits (and often fake tan!) can end up being completely impractical! But if the weather is rubbish at a winter wedding, then hey, it is winter, put your hood up!
You will also often find registrars and churches aren’t as busy, so can be more flexible with the timings and dates for your special day. I think these are amongst the reason winter weddings are becoming much more popular.
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