10:05 Monday 28 October 2013

Murder at the Oaks

Written byLeah Cassady

In the spirit of Halloween The Venue at Moddershall Oaks was recently transformed into a stage for a traditional dinner show of ‘who dunit’. The Murder Mystery event was bustling and the atmosphere was lively with things kicking off with a champagne reception.

Everyone was chatty and got to know the people on their table if they didn’t already, and with a few birthdays around the room and the drinks flowing there was plenty of fun to be had. The Inspector quickly and comically set the scene and introduced the main three characters/suspects. There was the lover, her friend and the business associate.

We were informed the owner of Bagger Hall was poisoned and died over his breakfast. Hand outs were given before each course along with the actors playing out their roles in order to give you more clues to help solve the murder. The clues were subtle although the jokes were not, leaving us all laughing a little and scratching our heads discussing the possibilities.

We were also set the task of creating a limerick, a particularly creative part of the night which everyone seemed to quickly turn their hand to. When some of them were read out after desert, you couldn’t help but laugh and appreciate their efforts.

With a delicious menu to choose from I couldn’t resist the Staffordshire take on duck pancakes using local oatcakes and the chicken with asparagus for my main. Although there was only one desert choice, I have no doubt it was the one I’d have gone for, a warm chocolate fudge cake with Belgian ice cream and lots of other goodies!

Food was served promptly and the service was great. Overall the evening was enjoyable, made even more so by some great guests who made everyone feel welcome and involved. The actors were just the right amount of cheesy and even if you aren't great at rhymes or clue solving, it was still a fun night for all.

For more information about Moddershall Oaks and any upcoming events, please visit their website.

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