George and Amal could have saved a fortune at the Azur and had a lovely time|
I cant seem to get an accurate and reliable figure for the cost of the Clooney/Alamuddin wedding the other day. Estimates vary between $4.6m and $13m. Whatever it was, they could have saved a tidy sum by having it at the Azur restaurant in St Leonards instead, where, as the sign says, they offer a grand wedding for a grand. For that you get a three-course meal starter, main, vegetarian alternative, choice of desserts, tea/coffee, after-dinner mints a master of ceremonies, and a beautiful view of the English Channel. OK, so its not quite the Grand Canal, but on the plus side, theres probably less chance of being pestered by paps. Plus you get the excellent Dean, who runs the Azur with precision, pride, passion and panache - pretty much as if it was the Aman Canal Grande hotel in Venice, in fact.
Whoa though, this programme is called My £999 Wedding (BBC1). Thats not a grand, wheres my pound change? Im afraid for that one you have to go to the Horseshoe Inn, a splendid Elizabethan mansion in East Sussex. Built in 1963, so Elizabeth II strictly speaking, but in the style of the first one all beams and criss-cross box-junction windows. Or, if youre in the south Wales area, theres Sherwoods, a function room on the outskirts of Swansea, where a package, including soup and disco (hopefully separately) comes in at £1,168. I think Sherwoods is the least good option, actually. Not only is it the most expensive, but there are no beams, no sea view, and the turkey dinner all the trimmings notwithstanding looks less delicious than the fish and chips at St Leonards. Continue reading...