November's Blog Post

We can’t believe it is December already…Time to dig out those festive jumpers again! While we hope you are looking forward to the festive month ahead, we thought we would take a minute to update you on our last month’s activities.

 

8th November

We kicked off the month with our last comedy night before Christmas on Tuesday 8th November. Big Lou was back with fellow comedians Steve Shanyaski and Steve Harris, who put on a fantastic night of entertainment for guests. The lamb hotpot with minted mushy peas was a popular winner. We can’t wait for the return of the comedy nights in the new year. So keep your eyes peeled on social media for confirmed dates!

Lewis 'Big Lou' Jones opens up the evening 

Lewis 'Big Lou' Jones opens up the evening 

Steve Shanyaski serenades the audience

Steve Shanyaski serenades the audience

10th November

We were also fortunate enough to be nominated in the final for two awards- the ‘Lancashire Life’ Restaurant of the Year Award, and the Taste Lancashire category at the ‘Lancashire Tourism Awards’ (LTA’s). It was fantastic to be in such strong categories, and we had a great night at the LTA'S. Congratulations to all winners and finalists!

Team Twelve Photo

Team Twelve Photo

22nd November

This month we have also been busy at Fleetwood Town Football Club, catering for their VIP’s in the Parkside Suite. The club continues to go from strength to strength and special mention goes to our sponsored No.12 player, Cian Bolger, for scoring a brilliant goal against AFC Wimbledon last week! 

On the job silver service training at FTFC. 

On the job silver service training at FTFC. 

Lucky No. 12 player Cian Bolger

Lucky No. 12 player Cian Bolger

24th November

Another day in the life of Twelve saw us take on the Wyre Business Awards for 244 people at the Marine Hall, Fleetwood and the High Sheriff Dinner at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom for 36 guests.  It was lovely to see so many familiar faces at both events, and it was privilege to cater at the two venues. 

Beautiful attention to detail on the High Sheriff Table

Beautiful attention to detail on the High Sheriff Table

Stunning Setting

Stunning Setting

Goats cheese panna cotta beetroot salad, caramelised walnuts

Goats cheese panna cotta beetroot salad, caramelised walnuts

'Confit' forest of bowland lamb shoulder celeriac puree, braised madeira celery, pressed lancashire hot pot vegetables, roasting juices  

'Confit' forest of bowland lamb shoulder celeriac puree, braised madeira celery, pressed lancashire hot pot vegetables, roasting juices  

Setting up at The Marine Hall...

Setting up at The Marine Hall...

26th November

We also had the pleasure of meeting and catering for many brides and grooms at The Great Hall at Mains this November. We received such positive feedback and would like to thank you for choosing Twelve to be part of your special day. Congratulations!

Wedding of Mr & Mrs Newson. Photo credit, The Great Hall at Mains

Wedding of Mr & Mrs Newson. Photo credit, The Great Hall at Mains

27th November

What better way to see in the end of November and get in the festive spirit than with a Christmas Market? Twelve served a succulent hog roast, accompanied with hot mulled wine & cider as a winter warmer. We were all over whelmed at Marsh Mill by the fantastic support of the local community, and we didn’t anticipate such a huge turn out! Thank you to everyone who embraced the cold weather and helped raise money for the brilliant people at Trinity Hospice! Special thanks also to Amanda and Glenn from Rustic to Regal and Caroline for organising the Markets and Light Switch on!

Serving & Cooking up a storm!

Serving & Cooking up a storm!

Busy Busy Busy!

Busy Busy Busy!

30th November

On Wednesday we also had the pleasure of attending the Great Flower Design Bake Off Final…and sampling many delicious cakes and bakes! The charity baking competition raised money in aid of the fantastic charity- North West Children’s Support Group, which helps disadvantaged families in the North West. Big congratulations to Jane and Jason for orchestrating such a brilliant event and raising money for a worthy cause, and of course well done to all winners and participants! We look forward to welcoming two of the winners into the restaurant. Nettie, winner of amateur baker will be spending a day in the Twelve Kitchen with Head Chef Graham…I don’t know who is the lucky one! Runner up in the professional baker’s category, ‘Vicky Cupcake’ also received a meal for two at Twelve! Well done :) 

Graham with winner of the amateur baker, Nettie.

Graham with winner of the amateur baker, Nettie.

WOW!

WOW!

Chef Jane 

Chef Jane 

We hope to see many of you in the restaurant over the festive period, but would like to finish by wishing all our customers, contractors and friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy & prosperous New year…See you on the other side!

Love Team Twelve x

 

 

*For any Christmas enquires or to purchase a voucher please contact us via email: info@twelve-restaurant.co.uk or call us on: 01253 82 12 12. Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve is now fully booked but alternative dates are still available. Check out the website for more information! *

Twelve Restaurant retains Awards

We are very proud and honoured to have been awarded 2 AA rosettes and a Michelin Bib Gourmand for another year. We are grateful to all our team for their dedication, passion and hard work.  They continue to inspire us to push the boundaries of culinary excellence in such a competitive and diverse environment.

We thought we would take the opportunity today to explain a little more about Michelin and AA and their prestigious awards.

 

The Facts

Michelin Bib has evolved from the Michelin Guide, published by the French Company Michelin which offers Michelin stars of excellence to a select number of establishments. To receive a Michelin star, is a highly renowned and respected title on the hospitality scene.

The Michelin Guide dates back to the year 1900 when the French tyre manufacturers; Andre and his brother Edouard published the original addition for French motorists.  However, it wasn’t until 1926, when the guide began to award stars to fine dining restaurants and establishments. 

Since 1926 when the criteria for the starred rankings was published, the Michelin status has been one which arguably every fine dining restaurant has aspired to. 

 

Michelin Bib Gourmand

Since 1955, the guide has also highlighted restaurants offering “exceptional good food at moderate prices” a feature now called ‘Bib Gourmand’.  The restaurant must offer menu items priced below a maximum determined by the local economy.   

In the original language of the Michelin Guide, the Bib symbol indicates an establishment which has been highly praised by inspectors, offering high quality food at affordable prices. Or in other terms top nosh that is good value for money.

The Bib (short for Bibendum) symbol; “Michelin Man” is now the internationally renowned Michelin mascot.

According to the 2017 Edition there are now only 143 restaurants in the U.K who hold the highly acclaimed title!  

AA Guides

We pride ourselves on attention to detail and the establishment of a highly creative and innovative product, which is why we are so proud to feature in some of the top food guides in the country.

The AA guide also known as the ‘go to’ guide for restaurants with up to date pictures and descriptions is a key vessel in delivering our product.  Since 1955 the AA Guide has remained one of the most comprehensive guides in the UK, awarding a coveted rosette to leading restaurants in the industry.  AA award two rosettes to local restaurants who aim to achieve high standards, better consistency, precision in cooking and attention to the selection of quality ingredients.   We are very honored to have received this accreditation in the 2017 AA Restaurant Guide.

As a catering retailer we are passionate about food, always seeking to provide excellent service and great locally sourced ingredients, in a relaxed and comfortable environment.

We are delighted to remain strong to our ethics and continue to be a neighborhood restaurant based in Thornton Lancashire.  Thank You to all our customers and business partners, who continue to support our product. 

 

Caroline, Paul and Team Twelve x

 

 

 

 

Twelve Restaurant: One Year Later

Looking back over the last year, we have certainly been on a journey.  It is hard to believe that a year ago today there was an unfortunate accident at the restaurant.  The most important thing was that nobody was injured, including the driver of the vehicle.

We thought we would share some pictures with you of what happened next.

                

Day of the accident 21/9/15

Day of the accident 21/9/15

The after effects

The after effects

Once the vehicle had been removed work could begin so the restaurant could re open.

Fylde Joinery and Building Services did an amazing job of putting in a false wall so that we could trade as a smaller pop up restaurant and keep all the staff in their jobs.

Fylde Joinery and Building Services did an amazing job of putting in a false wall so that we could trade as a smaller pop up restaurant and keep all the staff in their jobs.

Once the internal wall was up Fylde Joinery set to work to demolish the structurally unsafe wall and start to rebuild the gable end of the building.

It defintely brought a whole new concept and meaning to alfresco dining!

Just in time for Christmas, the temporary inner wall was brought down. To allow the gable wall end to dry, Link Signs and Graphics covered it with a fantastic Love mural allowing us to continue trade in December.

Twelve's temporary artwork!

Twelve's temporary artwork!

The last of the structural work took place in January, when the damaged floors had been replaced. All was complete. Twelve then kicked in with a refit. The plans and designs for which had been put in place the previous summer with Chris Bradley of Bradley Architecture, but had been placed on hold due to the incident.

 

Local graffiti artists hard at work!

Local graffiti artists hard at work!

We would like to thank Chris Bradley, Fylde Joinery and Building Services, West Lancashire Electrical Contractors, Alternative Lighting Services, Bailey Engineering and Fabrication, Wayne Reeve Scaffolding, Link Signs, Nat West Bank, Darryl Williamson, the very talented Will Bentham and Marc Atherton and the many others that helped on our journey.  Most importantly thanks to our Team at Twelve who have worked tirelessly to keep the business going, and all of our customers for their continued support.

So the butterfly has emerged from its chrysalis a year on, changed, but still sticking to it’s principles to be different and as resilient as ever!

Thanks for coming with us as we embark on our 17th year of trading!

August: Twelve takes on Lancashire

Hi all,

As you may already be aware, this summer has been perhaps the busiest summer to date for Twelve Restaurant & Event Management. We have been lucky enough to work at many fabulous venues and locations stretching across the county. It has been amazing to see months worth of planning finally come together to fulfil the dreams of our customers...hard work really does pay off! Thank you to our contractors and all our clients, we couldn't have done it all without you.

3rd-7th August- Lytham Festival

After a hectic month of July, the start of a new month brought new challenges and venues. For the fourth year running, we were delighted to be invited back to Lytham Festival by Cuffe and Taylor to cater for the VIP Hospitality Marquee. Despite the 'Great' British weather, it was a fantastic five days of entertainment and music, with the likes of Noel Gallagher and Bryan Adams taking to the stage.

Setting up for night 1: Star Wars Outdoor Cinema

Setting up for night 1: Star Wars Outdoor Cinema

Twelve Usherettes serving up popcorn.

Twelve Usherettes serving up popcorn.

 

Twelve delivered five themed menu's using the highest quality and locally sourced ingredients in Lancashire, for 800 customers per night who had travelled from across the country.

80's & 90's Night: Seaside Inspired 'Peach Melba Splat'

80's & 90's Night: Seaside Inspired 'Peach Melba Splat'

Busy Kitchen

Busy Kitchen

 

During the same week as Lytham Festival, Team Twelve also catered for four weddings at the fabulous Browsholme Hall and The Great Hall at Mains. Congratulations to the lovely Bride and Grooms who we had the pleasure of meeting!

Mr & Mrs Kohler- The Great Hall

Mr & Mrs Kohler- The Great Hall

Mr & Mrs Woodsworth- Browsholme Hall

Mr & Mrs Woodsworth- Browsholme Hall

10th August- Fleetwood Town FC

Kicking off the pre-season football in July against Liverpool, we were back at FTFC catering the VIP hospitality guests in the Parkside Suite. 

 

13th August- Wedding of Mr & Mrs Kay

No rest for the wicked! The following week we had the pleasure of catering for the wedding of the lovely Mr & Mrs Kay, in the picturesque landscape of Slaidburn in the Forest of Bowland. They chose an impressive marquee as the venue for their wedding reception...armed with a pop up kitchen Twelve delivered an array of canapes alongside a three course wedding breakfast.

A delicious three course wedding breakfast using locally sourced Forest of Bowland Beef. 

A delicious three course wedding breakfast using locally sourced Forest of Bowland Beef. 

Inside the beautiful marquee.

Inside the beautiful marquee.

Team photo!

Team photo!

 

14th August- Marine Hall Food Festival

Thousands of people from across Lancashire attended the annual food festival at the Marine Hall, Fleetwood. With over 60 stalls it was a great day to be part of. Our head chef, Graham Floyd held three live cooking demonstrations with his right hand chef, Emily. They began with a starter of seared scallops, before cooking pigeon to sous-vide. The final course consisted of a seasonal gooseberry fool! 

Live Cooking Demo

Live Cooking Demo

15th August- No.12 for Twelve Restaurant

We like to support the local community as much as possible, so it was with great pleasure that Twelve Restaurant sponsored the new 1st XI and u19 T20 Blackpool Cricket Club player shirts. Paul was able to watch the match at Stanley Park, which saw the Bullets U19 squad secure entry into the semi final. Big Congratulations!  

Twelve Restaurant- sponsor of 1st XI and u19 Blackpool Cricket Club

Twelve Restaurant- sponsor of 1st XI and u19 Blackpool Cricket Club

20th August- 60th Wedding Anniversary of Mr & Mrs Murray

We have the pleasure of working with so many lovely people and couple’s and Mr and Mrs Murray are no exception. Despite the persisting rain, the Murray’s were well equipped in their sturdy marquee and we served a delicious cold buffet to their 60 guests. We look forward to the next event!

Another Marquee Event!

Another Marquee Event!

There’s never a dull moment at Twelve as we near the end of a busy summer period we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved. Unfortunately there isn’t enough space to mention all the amazing events we have had the pleasure of being part of. But we really do love what we do and are looking forward to more exciting things to come!

Love Team Twelve x

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF TWELVE EVENT MANAGEMENT

We just thought we would give you a little round up of what we have been doing over the past few months.  The variety of work and venues has been truly diverse.  It has been a pleasure to be involved with so many magical events.  We cannot name them all, but we wanted to give you a flavour of 'Twelve on Tour'.

On 5th June 2015 it was an honour to provide the luncheon at Lancaster Town Hall for the High Sheriff of Lancashire's shield hanging ceremony

On 5th June 2015 it was an honour to provide the luncheon at Lancaster Town Hall for the High Sheriff of Lancashire's shield hanging ceremony

7th June took Twelve to Churchtown to cater for the Mayor and guests for Civic Sunday

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Over the Summer we have had the pleasure of looking after many wedding receptions at the stunning Great Hall at Mains.  This 'exclusively yours' venue creates unique and magical days.  It has been a pleasure to work alongside the amazing team at The Great Hall to deliver memorable wedding days for all our Brides and Grooms.

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Twelve is busy in the community and was delighted to be involved with the Blackpool and Fylde College for their Student Award Event for Hospitality, Tourism and Sport  not only giving out awards along with the likes of Trevor Sinclair and and David Moore from Pied a Terre but also providing the catering for the 120 guests

Twelve is busy in the community and was delighted to be involved with the Blackpool and Fylde College for their Student Award Event for Hospitality, Tourism and Sport  not only giving out awards along with the likes of Trevor Sinclair and and David Moore from Pied a Terre but also providing the catering for the 120 guests

At Browsholme Hall this Summer we have catered for many wonderful weddings.  We must comment on Duke the Gun dog who was a favourite for the staff amongst our wedding guests on the occasion of Charlotte and James wedding day

At Browsholme Hall this Summer we have catered for many wonderful weddings.  We must comment on Duke the Gun dog who was a favourite for the staff amongst our wedding guests on the occasion of Charlotte and James wedding day

July brought a fabulous Teepee wedding for Mr and Mrs Liddle, a marvellous day set in idyllic surrounds 

August 2nd brought Jane from Flower Designs 50th Birthday celebration at Twelve Restaurant.   The day unfolded bringing many surprises to their guests including the renewing of Jane and Jason's wedding vows.  What a very special day to be involved in.

 

Lytham Festival 2015 .... a week of amazing events around Lytham climaxing with the four days of outstanding concerts on Lytham Green with artists such as Faithless, McBusted and Elaine Paige.

This event organised by Cuffe and Taylor Platinum was absolutely fabulous.  The event brought people from around the country to Lytham offering a truly memorable experience.

  Twelve Event Management were delighted to be attending to the catering in VIP hospitality marquee at Lytham Festival offering high quality food and a warm Lancastrian welcome to all 800 a night visitors 

 

Twelve Event Management were delighted to be attending to the catering in VIP hospitality marquee at Lytham Festival offering high quality food and a warm Lancastrian welcome to all 800 a night visitors 

August also brought Hog Roast wedding breakfasts at Singleton Village Hall

August also brought Hog Roast wedding breakfasts at Singleton Village Hall

The start of the Football Season and seeing our partners at FTFC along with our VIP hospitality diners at Highbury Stadium again 

September and we were cooking in the House at Browsholme Hall as we served wedding guests in the Parlour stepped in history and grandeur.

The fundraising team at Trinity Hospice and Palliative Care organised a spectacular ball to celebrate the Hospice's 30th Birthday.  The evening held at Blackpool Tower Ballroom raised an unprecedented figure of £90K for the Hospice.  

Looking ahead the coming months bring VIP hospitality at FTFC, weddings at The Great Hall at Mains and Browsholme Hall and a sportmans's evening at Blackpool Tower Ballroom to celebrate Jimmy Armfield's 80th Birthday... we look forward to seeing many friends and partners of Twelve when we cater for this event.  

There have been so many amazing events we have been involved in over the past few months, that we can't mention them all, but we hope you get a flavour of the things that we do.  We are proud to be involved in so many occasions at so many brilliant venues.

We look forward to seeing you somewhere in Lancashire at our next event.

#Twelve on Tour!

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