The Royal British Legion Tea Dance Event – Littlecote House Hotel

To help launch The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal 2014 and to celebrate Warner raising a huge £300,000 for this deserving cause we hosted a traditional tea dance and cheque handover ceremony in the Long Gallery at Littlecote House Hotel.

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Every element of the day went down an absolute storm with our guests who told us continually what a great time they were having!

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The day kicked off with afternoon tea in the Long Gallery and what a cream tea it was! The chefs and waiting team really did us proud with a fantastic selection of sandwiches, scones and the most delicious petit fours! It was then time for the dancing, with our guests hitting the dance floor in true Warner style as soon as the music started!

Led by the fabulous Dan Kent and the Littlecote Entertainment team the guests then waved their flags, clapped their hands and sung at the top of their voices during the 1940’s sing-a-long! Despite song sheets being provided the guests knew every word to old favourites such as We’ll meet again and Wish me luck (as you wave me goodbye), but really came into their own during the finale sing off! With half the group singing Pack up your troubles and the other half It’s a long way to Tipperary, the guests battled it to be the best (and loudest) team! The winners were definitely too close to call but a great time was had by all!

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We would like to say thank you to Bianca and Amy from The Royal British Legion that got stuck in making tea and chatting to the guests throughout the event….absolute stars! Lastly we would like to thank all our guests that attended who dug deep and donated to this fantastic cause on the day!

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It’s National Desserts Day…..Hurrah!

Here at Warner there’s nothing we like better to round of our dinner than a scrumptious dessert! Toffee pudding, roly polys and souffle’s….we love them all!

In celebration of National Desserts Day (any excuse!) we want to give you all a sneak peek into our fantastic new desserts menu that will offer not one, not two, not even three….but a whopping 15 desserts EVERY evening! Oh we do spoil you!

Tempting Treats will offer a mixture of hot and cold dishes with everything from exciting new desserts like the Belgian chocolate and caramel bomb….designed to tickle the taste buds to our old favourite the humble crumble….

Fancy trying something new?! How about a peanut butter cheesecake or even a rather boozy chocolate and Pernod terrine? Yet for those with less of a sweet tooth…never fear the trusty cheeseboard is still on the menu!

Looking forward to hearing what you all think!

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Exclusive Interview with Russell Watson

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The fabulous Russell Watson has been confirmed for a further three dates at Warner Leisure Hotels around the UK in 2015! To celebrate we grabbed some time with Russell to find out a bit more about this incredible singer….

What’s your earliest memory?

Falling into a rose bush at Mum and Dad’s when I was 2 years old – needlessness to say, I don’t go near unattended rose bushes anymore!

When did you first know you had a talent?

From when I used to sing in my bedroom to myself, along to the likes of Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, The Beatles and Sir Cliff Richard. I thought everyone was able to emulate famous voices, I assumed everyone could do impersonations. I then discovered later in life that it wasn’t normal and I had a gift.

Tell us about working in a factory making nuts and bolt

It was the single most mind numbing job devised for a human being. I struggled to concentrate on anything for more than 3 seconds. The clue was in the name of the company, ‘Sabre Repetition’. I used to take my guitar with me on night shifts. At 3am, dinner time, I’d play and sing tunes to the lads.

What has been your favourite gig of all time?

That’s a difficult one to answer; I’ve some done some amazing things. Opening the Common Wealth Games in 2002 was pretty good, singing for the Pope was amazing and singing for the President is right up there too! If my hand was forced, I would have to say singing in the Vatican.

Favourite song of all time?

It changes with time; it depends on how I’m feeling. From the fans point of you it would be ‘Nessun Dorma’.

If you could duet with anyone, who would it be?

Whitney Houston. That would have been amazing.

How was it winning 4 Classical Brit Awards?

They were really proud moments. Each one felt equally rewarding and special.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you? 

Don’t take life for granted. You’re alive, living and breathing. There’re a lot of people out there who’re a lot worse off than you. Enjoy the gifts you have been given.

Why do you like to perform at Warner?

The proximity of the venues. You’re right on top of the audience. I probably enjoy the Warner gigs more than the bigger venues! With smaller venues you get a better connection with the audience, and I’m all about the connection.

What draws you to gig at Warner time and time again?

I love the intimacy of the Warner shows. I can be completely spontaneous and take requests; I would not be able to do this in front of an orchestra.

You are a patron of many charities, what does this mean to you?

Since my illness [Russell overcame two near-fatal brain tumours] my charity work has become much more meaningful. I’ve a stronger affinity with how it affects people’s lives.

 So, what’s next for you?

I’ve just finished touring hard, 20 odd dates around the UK. Ticket sales were so good, we are going to do another 15 dates this Christmas!

What would your superpower be? 

 Flight!  I’d love to fly – I’m fascinated by birds. We’ve a huge bird table with fruit and seeds on it to attract them. I’d love to be up there and have that endless feeling of being able to jump off a cliff.

So, what kind of bird would you be?

An Eagle . . . as opposed to a Sparrow.

Tell us a secret

I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone again next year at Sinah Warren!