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Meet Darrell from Bradshaws of York
By Bradshaws of York   //  
Mon 14 May 2018
Another wedding season is upon us and we are delighted to be working with the wonderful people at Allerton Castle but we would like to give you the opportunity to meet some of us; here goes.

So Darrell, tell us a little about yourself

I live in York with my wife, and a new puppy called Ivy. I enjoy reading and walking and am a bit of a pop culture geek.  I have been working in catering for 26 years and have done pretty much every job from housekeeping to kitchens.  I couldn’t even guess how many weddings I have looked after but it must be well into 4 figures by now.

What one piece of advice would you give to a couple planning their wedding?

It’s difficult, but try to give up at least some control. There are so many components to make your perfect wedding day and you are employing a lot of specialists, people who do what they do week in and week out. If you try to take control of every detail, you will send yourself crazy.  Just be clear in expressing your vision to your supplier and let them work their magic.

It’s your wedding, what are we eating?

For starters it would be a grazing style selection to share around the table, cured meats such as Iberico ham, Bresaola, Chorizo with Manchego cheese, semi dried tomatoes, Gordal olives, Vinegars and oils mopped up with crusty chunks of Sourdough bread.  I think a sharing concept at the beginning of the meal gets guests interacting and helps break the ice, especially on that table that contains “the people you didn’t know where else to put...”  As a main course it would be lamb, a flash roasted rump with Rosemary and redcurrant, Dauphinoise potatoes and if the season allows English asparagus.  Lamb can be a tricky choice for some parties as it needs to be mid rare and some people will say they “just don’t like lamb.” So the decision has to be taken, do I try to please everyone or do I please myself, and the truth is, you will never please everyone. For dessert it’s going to be a good old Sticky Toffee Pudding with Ice cream, but not too large a piece as we don’t want an empty dance floor later.

And what’s in the glass?

I’m going to go for a good spicy Rioja for the red and for the white I would plump for a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc – I’ll be sticking to red though thanks.  For the fizz I always think an off dry Prosecco during the drinks reception, something less serious and a little more accessible for most, but for the toasts it would have to be Champagne, I’m a bit of a traditionalist in that.

Finally to the speed round

Civil or Church? Civil

Formal Groups or reportage style photography? Lots of pictures of people laughing please.

Flowers or Candles? Flowers

Red or White? Red, then white

Band or Disco? Disco

Winter or summer? Summer for food, winter for atmosphere.

Buffet or Served? Served every time

Beach or Adventure Honeymoon? Adventure, probably somewhere cold.

Thanks for your time

Darrell has worked for Bradshaws of York for 8 years now and is always happy to talk weddings, if you wish to discuss your wedding or any event at Allerton Castle you can call on 01904 780507 or email on