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Transporting the English countryside to a traditional ballroom

Inspired by the English countryside, OuterEdit was invited to design an experience in a standard hotel ballroom that was fitting of two Michelin-starred chef, Michael Wignall, as he hosted the affluent guests of a private wealth management bank. The challenge given to us was to represent the timeless heart and taste of the gardens of Gidleigh Park in Devon, and with less than a month to design and transform the place into a one-of-a-kind indoor English herb garden dining experience, we had our work cut out for us. 

In a bid to understand and mirror the space the chef drew inspiration from, we studied the decor and environment of his restaurant closely. From the carpet grass laid across the ballroom floor to the plants used, each element was carefully considered. Other than European wildflowers, we also picked herbs used in the chef’s dishes for the centrepiece and table runners. Each herb and flower effused scents of an European garden, adding on to the overall sensorial experience.

To add some flair to the evening, all curtains and doors to the ballroom were closed as guests were arriving. Once dinner was about to commence, the curtains were raised and doors were opened, revealing the grand English countryside brought indoors.

Michael Wignall at Gidleigh Park. Photo Source: Michael Wignall

Michael Wignall at Gidleigh Park. Photo Source: Michael Wignall

Photo Sources: Michael Wignall

Photo Sources: Michael Wignall

As the dinner went on, many guests revelled in the cozy atmosphere, with more than a few drawn to the herb garden centrepiece, occasionally touching and smelling the fresh herbs and flowers to take in their fragrance.

Gidleigh Park, Chagford, Devon.  Photo Source: The Devon Foodie

Gidleigh Park, Chagford, Devon.  Photo Source: The Devon Foodie