Winter Lunch and film: This Beautiful Fantastic

Date(s) - 20/03/2022
10:45 am - 3:00 pm

Hoby & District Village Hall

Hoby Village Hall (LE14 3DT)
Sunday, 20th March 2022
Own transport – please do not park in the pub car park

Following the success of the Winter Lunch in 2020, we have decided to repeat the format of a film and lunch, in Hoby Village Hall, catered by Mrs Bridges.

10.45 am  Doors open
11.15 am – 12.45pm Showing of the film
1.00 pm  Lunch (There will be no bar service, but you are welcome to bring your own drinks.)
If you do not wish to see the film, it would be appreciated if you did not arrive before the end of the film at 12.45 approx.

The film: ‘The Gardener’, that we had hoped to show has proved too expensive to get from Canada. There are very few films made about gardens, but as an alternative we have chosen ‘This Beautiful Fantastic’.

This Beautiful Fantastic is a contemporary fairy tale revolving around the most unlikely of friendships between a reclusive, agoraphobic young woman with dreams of being a children’s book author and a curmudgeonly old widower, set against the backdrop of a beautiful garden in the heart of London. Bella Brown is a beautifully quirky young woman who dreams of writing and illustrating a successful children’s book. Despite her abandonment as a child, the all consuming OCD, the unfulfilled dream, her awful boss at the library and her paralyzing fear of flora and fauna, Bella is down but not out. She has a spark, an edge, a talent and a voice that we can feel from the get go. This girl has a preternatural survival instinct, having been found in the middle of winter in the middle of Hyde Park as a babe. When Bella is forced by her landlord to deal with her neglected garden or face eviction, she meets her nemesis, match and mentor in Alfie Stephenson, a cantankerous, loveless, rich old man who lives next door and is an amazing horticulturalist. See more in this trailer for the film  

“A charming, beautifully photographed modern fairy tale about love and gardening “

The food:

Fresh sourdough and butter.

Wild mushroom soup with feta, roasted king oyster mushroom  and chive oil.
Ham and chicken terrine with pickled pineapple and brioche.
Salad of cider poached salmon and watermelon.
Retro melon with fresh fruit.

Roast sirloin of beef, pomme Anna, asparagus, spinach red wine  sauce.
Porchetta – rolled belly of pork stuffed with herbs and fennel  seeds, nigella roasted carrots, roast potatoes, spiced apple  relish and roasting juices.
Salmon and leek en croute, tender stem broccoli with almond, dill cream.
Celeriac and leek pathivier, watercress and sweet and sour  dill.

Strawberry and mango salad, meringue and whipped cream.
Plum and almond tart, clotted cream.
Classic egg custard tart, nutmeg, strawberries and cream.
Spiced tea cakes with Cashel blue cheese and honey.

Now book a place:
Cost:          Friends £29.00      Guests £31.00 (Includes the film, lunch and coffee/tea)
 Winter Lunch Booking Form
Please download, print*, complete and return the booking form by Tuesday 8th March at the latest to: Elizabeth Bacon, 51 Elms Road, Leicester LE2 3JD

*If you are unable to print the booking form, please enclose a letter making your choices clear with your cheque.

Please follow our on going covid precautions:

  • Sanitise your hands frequently
  • Wear a mask in lecture rooms and halls until you are seated.
  • Wear a mask on coach trips
  • Where possible we will arrange the seating to achieve some social distancing
  • Signing in will be done by a committee members to avoid multiple people signing in
  • Lastly if you are feeling “under the weather” please take a Lateral Flow test before you attend

Some of you have asked how we will mange an event should a covid issue arise. First if you have to isolate due to covid then we will refund your payment. Secondly, if the covid rules change making an event none viable then we will again refund your payments. To facilitate this will will not cash any cheques before an event thus enabling us to easily make a refund by not cashing the cheque.