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Wedding Venue Showcase courtesy of Pink Pumpkin

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Today, Vis-a-Video visited a wedding venue that I would just love to work at…Burrows Lea Country House in Shere, Surrey. The occasion was a venue showcase evening organised by ‘The Pink Pumpkin’, an award-winning wedding design and planning company based in Surrey. Although I have not worked with ‘The Pink Pumpkin’ before Sam and her team beautifully orchestrated the evening, which, as well as the venue, showcased various wedding suppliers, too. If this is an example of their work then any wedding they have a hand in would be a triumph. As well as obviously capable, the girls are also very nice!


The venue itself is a stunning country house, set in the most gorgeous bit of countryside Surrey has to offer. Although not huge, Burrows Lea feels spacious, yet intimate, the decor extremely tasteful and the people very nice. It offers accommodation, features a non-denominational chapel for wedding ceremonies complete with in house registrars and has the most wonderful rose gardens with stunning and far-reaching views over the Surrey hills. I don’t think I have breathed air this clean in a very long time. Intoxicating indeed, who even needs champagne…what’s that? Have a glass anyway? Ah well, who am I to argue…cheers!

There was a summer marquee set up for a wedding reception, accessed through the main house and the candle-lit rose garden, with opera singers, wedding cakes, wedding dresses, chocolate fountains and wedding photographers.

Tucked away in the far corner of the marquee we spied a counter with an array of delicious-looking bite-size tasters, so we ambled over. This turned out to be an excellent decision. Behind said counter we found Aubrey Thomson, executive chef of ‘Young & Wild’ , ingenious wedding catering, and he was only too happy to share his palpable passion for his food with us.

We tasted and sniffed our way through spanish olive olive oil, truffle-infused pecorino (Italian cheese made from ewe’s milk, for the un-initiated), hazelnut oil, violet syrup, balsamico di modena, wild Scottish salmon tartare on pumpernickel and quails eggs with celery sea salt…and my personal favourite: Angus beef, seared to perfection, with tomato chili jam and…chocolate dressing. Yes, chocolate.

Inspired and…well, ingenious. A perfectly orchestrated assault on the senses, the fusion of flavours was a wildly sophisticated attack from all sides with no hope of escape for someone with an appreciation of good food. Like me. Just leave me here…or at the very least: I’ll be back!