Thursday 10 January 2013

NEW EVENT: Dine Like Downton

Miss Sue Flay & William Hanson
invite you to join them
at the very first
‘ Dine Like Downton’
in March 2013
at Hotel du Vin, Cambridge

7.30 for 8.00pm
Black Tie

Carriages at 11pm

Miss Sue Flay

You’ve watched the dining scenes of ‘Downton Abbey’ with wide-mouthed awe, and now you can learn how you can dine like they do at Downton with this new fun and fully interactive course.  

 As part of Eat Cambridge Festival 2013, come to Cambridge’s sophisticated 
Hotel Du Vin and experience an exclusive dinner like no other.

 Photo By Liquid Photo

The UK’s leading etiquette expert William Hanson, and his co-host Miss Sue Flay from The Secluded Tea Party, will guide you in the Dos and Don’ts of a formal dinner.

By the end of the three-course meal, guests will have mastered the difference between butler & silver service, remembered which knife & fork they should use for which course, and learned how to dress for dinner.  The Dowager Countess would be proud!
  You will enjoy a specially designed menu with drinks to match especially for this event, as well as cover topics over this private dining table including...

Table manners now and then: why they still matter
Seating plans: who sits next to Lord Grantham?
Butler service: how to interact with Carson
The rhythm of dining (e.g. pace, waiting to begin)
Dressing for dinner (White Tie & Black Tie)
The British place setting – navigating your way
The tools of the table (flatware, glassware, cutlery & linens)
How Mrs Levinson & other non-Brits would eat... A cautionary tale of 
the American way of dining
  Pudding and Dessert: not the same thing!

How to hold cutlery & glassware
Napkin placement
Polite table talk
Tricky foods (how to eat soup, burgers, caviar & peas with finesse)
What to do when Mrs Patmore burns the dinner: dealing with inedible meals
Unfamiliar food
How to handle difficult situations politely
Excusing yourself
Mobile phones (not very Downton but essential for modern age!)
Coffee, port & cigars
 “Ladies, shall we?”
Taking your leave
Thank you letters

 Photos By Liquid Photo

William understands that good manners and etiquette, which are based on common sense, should be universal. He strives to incorporate their proper use in a 21st century context, helping everyone to become more aware of, and sensitive to, the ways in which they conduct their lives. When he’s not stretched out on his sofa relaxing in his toweling robe watching repeats of Lark Rise to Candleford, or tending his renowned terrace herb garden, William provides first-class training and is a trusted advisor to private households, business & cultural organisations and schools alike, and has worked for several VIPs. 
As well as having recently broken a world record, of which if you ask him nicely, he will tell you all about when you come to join us both for dinner.

Miss Sue Flay, whilst understanding that good manners and etiquette are important, may sometimes be in need of a little nudge in the right direction when it comes to re-training as a "Lady" herself, so she will be on hand to keep William under control (Or should that be the other way around?) and to help welcome and entertain guests throughout the entire evening, whilst also soaking up William's tales & teachings
When she's not indulging in afternoon tea or cycling the cake back off her hips afterwards, Miss Sue Flay provides private one to one Baking Lessons in her students' homes and creates events based around tea, cake & cocktails. 
Once she gets an idea in her head, sometimes there just is no stopping her. 
Having appeared on BBC One's "Escape to the Country" amongst other small cameos with her passion for Afternoon Tea, she's becoming a more confident young lady by the day. 

  The Secluded Tea Party presents 
"Dine Like Downton" at dinner
 with Miss Sue Flay & William Hanson to be held on: 

Friday 8th March 2013
7.30pm - 10.30pm 
Venue: Hotel Du Vin, Cambridge

Full details will be disclosed to guests nearer to the event
 once tickets have been booked. 

Guest attendance will be kept strictly confidential until you all meet 
and dine together on the evening - Secrecy is our middle name. 

You will be invited to dress appropriately for dinner, with a full guide on how to do so emailed to all booked guests prior to the event as an exclusive part of the event, with guide written by William himself as your first lesson within this event...  

Photo By Liquid Photo

To include an exclusive Etiquette Workshop and 
the following itinerary for the evening:  

 Guests arrive for Sherry at 7.30pm

We sit down to dine & learn at 8pm
Menu to include: 

Butternut Squash & Sage Soup with Bread Basket
Confit of Duck with Lyonnaise Potatoes & Roast Apples, 
Roast Beetroot & Goats Cheese Tart 
(V - please specify on booking), 
served to you by our very own  Mr Carson 

Lemon Posset with Fresh Raspberries, 
including a special surprise to challenge your manners 

Wine, Red or White will be served, 
or non alcoholic (please specify when booking)

Guests move into the Library around 10pm 
Coffee will then be served, 
where discussion & shenanigans 
will lead to the rather entertaining...

This will be the ultimate finishing school for any Downton Abbey fan (or non fan, it doesn't matter, it's a dining education for anybody & everybody!) 
and your manners will increase ten fold... Myself included here!

Limited tickets at £100 per person

To book your tickets for this very exclusive event, 
you can book now through 

To see more about the lovely William, do visit

Any questions please do email:

We look forward to having you join us at our 
very own Downton!

And if you can’t make this event, please do join us at our next Afternoon Tea & Etiquette Workshop at the same venue in April 
- Simply click here to book.

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