â€œ Located in the ChancellorÂ’s Building on Keele University campus, Staffordshire, England. â€ž
When organising a work's Christmas Party there are many things that you have to take into consideration. The first thing where I work is to decide whether we are taking partner's or not and because this year the majoity had a partner for the Christmas Party then that was the option that we would go with our loved ones.
When taking partners, there is one thing that really can't go wrong with a Christmas Party and that would be a dinner dance and after shortlisting hotels and venue's for our Christmas Party, the Comus Restaurant at Keele Hall seemed to come out tops with everyone, however was not really my first choice of venue myself however we went with the majority.
The Comus Restaurant costs Â£30 per head for a Christmas Party and consists of a 6 course menu, with disco after. It accomodates around the region of 200 covers and welcomes mixed companies parties on seperate tables.
Considering it is a University venue, it is extremely nice. Situated on Keele Campus, when entering the Comus restaurant their is a huge bar area which will accommodate every one whilst waiting to be seated. Upon arrival you are served with Chapagne cocktail, which for Â£30 per head is actually very good value.
Each course you have a choice of four different things however I am basing this review on my personal preferences. For the first course I was really disappointed, I had chose the Pate, however it never arrived. A table plan was prepared for ease for the staff however even making it that easy still seemed to hard for them with everyone not actually receiving the starter of their choice or not getting it at all.
Second course was Pea and Spring Onion soup with Garlic Ciabatta. The soup was extremely watery and did not taste of Onion at all, however did just taste like the juice out of a tin of processed peas. All awaiting our bread, much to our surprise this did not ever arrive at the table.
For my main I chose the Staffordshire Turkey with Sage & Onion Stuffing, I always like to be traditional at Christmas and always go for the Turkey. The meat itself was very nice. A lot of complaints that it was too dry, however Turkey is normally a dry meat and I think most people just wanted to complain as much as they could. The vegetables that were served were very hard, I know some people like their vegetables crunchy but these were not even part cooked and not very warm either. The pig in a blanket or sausage wrapped in bacon was undercooked and overcooked, the sausage inside was barely cooked and cold and the bacon was burnt. Majority of people enjoyed the meat of their choice on their mains however were disatisfied with the items that went with it.
For dessert I chose Profiteroles and when they arrived their were only two on the plate, which were not very big either. I would have thought that they would have at least 6. They were drowned in chocolate sauce and were very sickly. Two was enough taking into account the amount of chocolate sauce that was poured onto the top of it.
Coffee and mince pies were then served as a final course, however once the drink is flowing these normally get left of the table for people to pick on later during the evening.
There were plenty of waiting staff on however the period of time in between each courses was way too long and the food was not warm enough at all. Wine was ordered for the table which never arrived however it was charged to our bill.
The entertainment was mediocre, but what can you expect froma disco they are all the same. It give everyone the opportunity to forget about the ghastly meal that they had just had and dance the night away.
All in all, the venue was very nice and everyone had a god time, but that was because we mad eit oursleves. Not worth Â£30 a head in general, I have been to other venues that have mass catered on a much klarger scale and the food has been good. 200 covers, knowing what everyone wants in advance, I must have been expecting too much.