Harrow Whisky Festival

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Harrow Whisky Festival

Harrow Whisky Festival: 15th January – 16th January 2016 Set in the stunning location of Grim’s Dyke hotel, Harrow Whisky Festival features product from over 40 distilleries – making it a must-do event for every whisky lover! Grim’s Dyke hotel contributes so much more than a stunning setting for this festival though, it also has a well-stocked whisky bar, one … Read More

Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury

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Trial by Jury

In 1868 W.S. Gilbert wrote a one-pace illustrated comic piece for ‘Fun’ Magazine. Entitled Trial by Jury, it drew on his experiences as a barrister and satirised the legal system, spoofing a trial over a ‘breach of promise’ arrangement of marriage. When Gilbert was approached by Carl Rosa, composer and opera manager, in the autumn of 1873 to create a … Read More

How to ‘taste’ whisky

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Springbank

Whisky, it can be a complex drink to master, especially as there are so many amazing choices on offer! However, navigating your way through the complex and subtle tastes is something that CAN be done – if you just know where to start! There are no right and wrong answers, when it comes to describing whisky. Whether you’re explaining the … Read More

The Curse of the Crimson Altar

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Curse Crimson Altar

Since 1961 (when we first appeared in an episode of the TV series, The Avengers), The Grim’s Dyke has often been used as a TV and Film location.  It’s not surprising with our beautiful Victorian appearance, typically English interior, and stunning location and grounds (oh, and did you know we apparently have a resident ghost?). In 1968 it was used … Read More

Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe

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Iolanthe

Gilbert & Sullivan planned on producing their seventh Savoy Opera, Iolanthe, simultaneously in London and New York, at the end of November 1882. The title of this latest Savoy opera was kept a closely guarded secret, with the character Iolanthe being called Perola, in an effort to keep even the cast in the dark. The biggest problem was Henry Irving … Read More

Halloween at Grim’s Dyke

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Halloween

Halloween has been celebrated in Britain for centuries and, although some of the traditions have been borrowed from America (pumpkin carving and trick or treating), the foundation stone of Halloween is firmly planted in Britain. But what are the origins of Halloween – and how much of it is still distinctly British? Celtic festival of Samhain Halloween is firmly rooted … Read More

The Pirates of Penzance

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Pirate of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance was the fifth collaboration of Gilbert and Sullivan. It has been performed in Britain for over a century by various opera companies, including the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company. Performed by Broadway, imitated by various companies, and modernised into film, Pirates of Penzance is another much-loved Gilbert and Sullivan opera. Comic opera in two acts. Premiered officially … Read More

Christmas season of events at Grim’s Dyke

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Gingerbread

The Grim’s Dyke Hotel just launched their Christmas Season of Events. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to have your office party or something different to do with the family this Christmas, we have a wide variety of choices for you. Our Christmas Entertainment this year includes disco evenings, magic shows and luxurious meals – for further details you can click here. … Read More

Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado

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Mikado

The Mikado (or The Town of Titipu) was Gilbert & Sullivan’s ninth collaboration. Set in Japan, the story is based around the chief executioner, who has a tender heart that is in direct opposition to that needed for his official duties. The Mikado has an impressive operatic history – but this Savoy Opera nearly didn’t happen at all. Earning its … Read More

The Avengers TV series: lights, camera and… Grim’s Dyke?

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The Avengers

Photo Source: MovieMail.com The Avengers was a hugely successful ‘spy-fi’ British TV series that ran for 6 series (161 episodes) from 1962 to 1969. Featuring Patrick Macnee as the impeccably dressed British secret agent ‘John Steed’, he was seldom seen without his bowler hat, umbrella or feisty, assertive female assistant. All change at The Avengers Series 6 of The Avengers … Read More