Switzerland Comes to Devon for a Country Vintage Wedding

Helen and Jonathan came to see me to plan their wedding in 2014, that day we met in my cafe seems a very long time ago. They reside in Switzerland so everything had to be arranged for them, so all they had to do in true Millbrook Style is turn up and say “I do.”

On Saturday 20th of June they did; all arriving at Millbrook Estate for a fabulous wedding, after the ceremony in the Summer House they ventured down to the Retreat through the Woodland Walk and here are the photos from the day. Flowers were by Alison who is also a Milbrook supplier and were placed in our vintage enamel jugs and large jam jars. All the props are available to hire along with the bunting and crates. We can transform your venue with our props for you or you can DIY.

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Congratulations to them both from us all at The VPC.

Fresh Cream and Devon Strawberries Cake for a Special Wedding Couple

Our weather held out again today in North Devon as we attended another lovely wedding at Millbrook Estate.
Tania chose our fresh cream and strawberries layered cake. Sometimes when there’s just too much sweet stuff this one is really refreshing and worth paying the little extra for too.

Fresh Cream & Strawberry Cake for Vintage Wedding

Remember if you order our cakes and scones for your wedding bring a cake box to Devon with you and take it back for a special evening treat with a lovely cuppa!
We can also supply fabulous picnics and breakfast hampers packed with local produce from our brilliant suppliers that can be delivered or you can collect.

May Wedding Catering in Devon

Sometimes your best friend can’t be with you for your wedding day and in this case Reg the rabbit came on the cake! We are featuring him today rather than the afternoon tea with locally produced strawberries and cream…….sssshh! Don’t tell the bride & groom!

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We love catering for weddings in Devon. So if you are planning yours then why not contact us for a chat about how we can make your day spectacular.

New babies at Country Ways!

Just one of the lovely places we supply with Afternoon Teas and Catering in north Devon. Country Ways has just had some babies……think we will have to visit personally for a cuddle very soon!!

Country Ways Holiday Cottages

Within the space of just 5 days two of our miniature Shetland mares have given birth. On Friday morning Indie had her colt foal out in the field, such a strong little lad, he was up and feeding when we first spotted him.. he can only have been born within the last hour! This morning Shanti has also had her foal, a beautiful dainty little colt who will be the spitting image of his mum! So relieved that our two new arrivals are healthy and strong little boys, they are going to have so much fun together as they grow up… a right pair of little rascals!

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A Gorgeous Vintage Afternoon Tea in the Sun in Devon

We have just recently catered for a lovely afternoon tea wedding in North Devon. The sun was shining, the birds singing, lovely music playing and everything was perfect. Even the dogs enjoyed themselves and I believe the odd sandwich too! Here are a handful of photos of the day’s festivities:

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What is Rhenish? | Outlander TV Series

At the V.P.C. we love history and have recently discovered on Amazon Prime a fabulous US TV series called ‘Outlander’; adapted from the series of novels by writer Diana Gabaldon it is based on historical facts that many of us in the UK have grown up with such as the Jacobite Risings of 1745, especially those of us lucky to be direct descents of Highlanders. A brief outline follows, just incase you are now intrigued:

“1946, and Claire Randall goes to the Scottish Highlands with her husband Frank. It’s a second honeymoon, a chance to learn how war has changed them and to re-establish their loving marriage. But one afternoon, Claire walks through a circle of standing stones and vanishes into 1743, where the first person she meets is a British army officer – her husband’s six-times great-grandfather. Unfortunately, Black Jack Randall is not the man his descendant is, and while trying to escape him, Claire falls into the hands of a gang of Scottish outlaws, and finds herself a Sassenach – an outlander – in danger from both Jacobites and Redcoats.
Marooned amid danger, passion and violence, her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.”
Amazon Book Description

So, back to the plot, what is Rhenish? Consumed in quite large quantities by Claire Beacham Randall as guest of Laird Colum MacKenzie to make life more bearable; on further investigation I have found it to be something very simple to those of us in Europe. The word Rhenish is Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French reneis, from a medieval Latin alteration of Latin Rhenanus, from Rhenus ‘Rhine’. Simply, it’s a drink most of us have on the table at anytime, or in my Bistro/off-license in Barnstaple, it’s wine produced along the Rhine in Germany. I shall investigate further as to whether there is a particular “type” and blog my findings at a later date.

For those of you glued to BBC’s production of Poldark, or wanting more “Mr Darcy” moments from Pride and Prejudice then it really is worth you watching Outlander if you have Prime, for those of you who don’t you are just going to have to wait and see if it makes it’s way to the TV screen or maybe DVD. I can recommend the series of book.

If you want a sneak peak, here’s the trailer below for Season 1. Packed with many actors you will know and love and some you are just going to love from the start!

If you are an Outlander fan, say hello in the comments box below.

Spring Wedding at Millbrook Estate, Devon

Today we catered for a lovely couple and their guests at Millbrook. The sun was shining, the dafs were bobbing and despite the wind really whipping everything up today it was dry!

Here are a some photos, we just love the cake toppers!

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Congratulations to Corrine and Derek

Drinks Packages now available for Weddings, Parties and Events


We are now able to offer drinks packages from our Bistro in Barnstaple (Maybray’s) which is an off-licence. We can also offer free glasses hire with your package from champagne flutes to wine glasses. We have plenty of wines available from simple house whites and reds to Merlots, Shirazes, Sauvignon and of course Proseccos and Champagnes. We can also bring locally made wines, ciders and beers as Devon has some of the most fabulous micro-breweries. We can deliver all over north Devon, and for those who don’t drink we can bring our own hand-made lemonades and locally made juices. There is very little we can’t sort in a package for you. Drinks are also available in small quantities with our catering, picnics and hampers. We can look after you from just 2 to 150.

If you would like to discuss a drinks package for your event or to add to your catering package please contact us at our bistro on 01271 327309 or email us at maybraysofbarnstaple@gmail.com or thevintagepartycompany@gmail.com

Please note, we are also licensed to run a cash bar, however this is slightly different process, but please ask if you would like this service too.

Lovely Late Winter Wedding At Millbrook

The sun was out, so were the crocuses and it was a gorgeous day for a wedding.
We popped along to Millbrook with some vintageness and Afternoon Teas.

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We were so pleased to cater for this lovely couple on their special day on a crisp late winter’s day.

Congratulations to them both and we hope to see them again in Devon.

Cream Tea or Chocoholics Afternoon Tea in North Devon

Are you coming to Devon?  Why not pop into our cafe (Maybray’s) on the High Street, Barnstaple and treat yourself to one of our Cream Teas, we have two styles:

Savoury Cream Tea
2 large warmed savoury scones with butter
A taster sample of a local cheese with grapes
Tea or Coffee – £10.95
Glass of Wine or bubbles – £12.95

Sweet Cream Tea
2 large warmed plain scones accompanied by local jam and Devon clotted cream
A slice of hand-made Victoria sponge cake
Tea or Coffee – £10.95
Glass of Wine or bubbles – £12.95

If you are feeling really indulgent and saying “sod the diet” or looking for something really different as a gift, then try our Chocoholics Afternoon tea – this was so popular on Groupon selling over 100 packages that we decided to extend it ourselves and keep the offer going.

Chocoholics Afternoon Tea
A totally indulgent and fun tea, that makes a great gift:
Selection of sandwich bites
2 Chocolate scones with local jam and Devon clotted cream
Slice of Chocolate Cake
Belgian chocolate dip, with fruits, treats, cake all to dip into a pot of warm Belgian chocolate – totally yummy!
A glass of Belgian Hot chocolate, or maybe a cup of tea or coffee if we have overdosed you on chocolate – £15.95 per person
With a glass of bubbles – £19.95

Because our cafe bistro is very small (we only have 14 seats) and we hand-bake the scones and cake daily in small batches you must book in advance.  Call us on 01271 327309 to book a table and a time that suits you between 12 noon and 3pm Tuesday to Saturday. We also have gift vouchers if you would like to buy something different as a present and we will explain the booking procedure to them.

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