Well it is but a few more weeks until the draw will take place for our biggest challenge yet. The “Tower Dinner” as it has become known as will take place on the evening of Saturday June 23rd.
We are asking for a donation of just £1 to get your name in our virtual hat that will then enable your name to be placed within the draw to be a guest at this very special event.
We will be serving a five course dinner to guests on top of the 13th century roof of St Peter & St Paul Church in the centre of Yalding. This flat roofed church has a wonderful heritage and when yours truly was asked to help the YCPS (Yalding Church Preservation Society) to assist in a charity fundraising event then we could not resist!
The YCPS are tasked with raising monies to help maintain this building and like many charities they struggle to raise sufficient funds especially with so many worthwhile local causes. So with our involvement it has been a challenge to spread the word further and wider but at the same time give the public the chance to partake in something that will be very unique.
It has taken many months of planning and cajoling to get the relevant permissions (something as an underground/secret eatery we are unaccustomed to) and now we need more people to sign up for what will be a once in a lifetime chance to dine in a very unique and magical spot.
The roof commands some stunning views of the hills and countryside around the village and what better way to see the sun set on what we hope will be a warm and barmy evening than relaxing on the roof with fellow diners.
In total 3 lucky pairs will be winners of the draw that will mount the stairs to the roof and will then sit down for a sumptuous meal (see menu below) However as this will be a very special night we will draw a further 25 names from the hat and they will be invited to attend as guests of the YCPS to be at a special drinks and canapé reception that will take place within the churchyard.
So why not give it a go yourself or if you cannot make it then please spread the word to all your friends, family and social networks.. we do have a target we are hoping to raise and the more that know about this very unique night the better. It will not happen again so remember this is your one and only chance to take underground dining to new heights!
Following the welcome arrival drink and assorted nibbles in the churchyard at 8pm the draw winners will be invited to mount the stairs to sit at a communal table on the roof and watch the sunset as they eat their meal.
Please note menu is subject to market purchases and alteration.
The Tower Menu
Smooth Chicken Liver Parfait served with
a Local Lavender Jelly and Melba Toasts
Poached Salmon Fillet and Fresh Lobster
served with a Wasabi Mayonnaise
Bang Bang Szechaun Chicken
served with a selection of seasonal fresh salads
Hot Minted New potatoes
Winterdale Shaw & Stichleton Cheese
served with Hari’s Porridge Biscuits
Homemade Chocolate Brownie, Crème Brulee and local Fresh Stawberries
Coffee and local Chocolate covered cobnuts
If you wish to donate to be in with a chance to dine on the roof than please go to our on line donation page here.
Donations made up to 12pm (Midnight) on June 2nd will be entered into the draw.
Donations made online after this deadline will not count.
Alternatively you can make an offline donation on Saturday May 19th at the Yalding Farmers Market 10am -1pm where YCPS trustees will be an attendance for this purpose or finally on Sunday June 3rd at the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Yalding on the Lees. This will be the last chance for taking donations directly before the draw is made that day. Time is still to be confirmed.
Good Luck to all and thank you for your support and generosity… keep spreading the word!
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