3 Reasons To Hire A Wedding Planner


Your wedding is one of the biggest events in your life, and it’s understandable that you’ll want it to be perfect. For many brides, you’ve been dreaming for years about how your ideal wedding will look but making it a reality can seem both daunting and expensive. Hiring a wedding planner may seem like an added expense but, it may … Read More

How to host your own murder mystery dinner


Murder Mystery

Hosting your own murder mystery dinner can be such great fun. If you fancy playing your hand at being a detective, there are many different murder mystery dinner party games you can buy. Each one will include everything you need to have a fun-packed evening of entertainment, food and good fun. However, if you’ve never hosted your own murder mystery … Read More

The Wildlife of Grim’s Dyke

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Grim’s Dyke is an attraction to many of our visitors. Not only does it have a rich history, but the building architecture and garden design also play a big part in that attraction. However, another reason Grim’s Dyke is popular is down to the wonderful wildlife the grounds attract. Whether you’re a bird watcher, nature lover, entomologist or keen wildlife … Read More

The Victorian Kitchen Garden

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Kitchen Garden

The kitchen garden at Grim’s Dyke supplies us with fresh fruit, vegetables, edible flowers and herbs for our restaurant guests. It also provides a rich environment for wild bees, insects and animals. During Gilbert’s time, this wouldn’t have been any different. The Victorian kitchen garden was a true work of art, run by its king – the head gardener. He … Read More

How To Taste Wine Like An Expert

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Wine Tasting

So many of us enjoy a glass of wine. No matter what your experience of wine, you can learn to appreciate some of the amazing choices on offer for you. But learning how to taste wine is something you have to learn to master if you want to really benefit and savour your wine. But how do you learn to … Read More

The Benefits of Honouring The Natural Growing Seasons

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vegetables being picked in the garden

The traditional way of honouring the natural growing seasons is something many of us have forgotten. With so much choice available to us throughout the year, it’s understandable that many no longer remember what is in season. The only time you get an indication that your fruit and veg is out of season is by its latest price tag! However, … Read More

The Art of Champagne Sabrage

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Sabrage demonstration

A Champagne bottle, cavalry sword and a celebration in full swing – what could be more ceremonial or flamboyant! Champagne sabrage has long been seen as a sign of celebration and victory, but when did this type of celebration first start? And, as many people are inevitably thinking – is it easy to do? The Origins of Champagne Sabrage It’s … Read More

10 Facts About The Beautiful Wisteria Plant

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Image of Wisteria Plant

Wisteria, is the beautiful, delicate scented climber that graces many a wall here in the UK. Ideal for training up structures, pergolas and trees, it’s a popular plant and loved by many. Our own is located outside the Library Bar & Terrace and is admired by staff and guests alike – it is a truly gorgeous example of this beautiful … Read More

The Pirates of Penzance

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Gilbert & Sullivan

The Pirates of Penzance has been well loved for over a century. Performed by various opera companies, including the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company. As the fifth collaboration by Gilbert and Sullivan, it has been performed on Broadway, imitated by various companies, and modernised into film. A true comic opera of two acts. Officially premiering at the Fifth Avenue Theatre, New … Read More

Weddings at The Grim’s Dyke


If you’re looking for a wedding venue steeped in history and surrounded by tranquil romantic scenery, look no further than the Grim’s Dyke Hotel. It is only located just 12 miles from central London. With the towns of Harrow, Stanmore and Watford close by, Grim’s Dyke gives couples the chance to have everything on their wedding venue wish list. Picturesque … Read More