THE Earl and Countess of Derby are opening their home Knowsley Hall to select members of the public for a special dining event.

Merseyside’s grand stately home, Knowsley Hall, is giving members of the public an exquisite opportunity to enjoy an exclusive Gala Dinner in its grandiose State Dining Room, on Friday, May 19.

St Helens Star: Aerial of Knowsley Hall from the frontAerial of Knowsley Hall from the front (Image: Knowsley Hall) Situated on a private walled estate, Knowsley Hall has been in The Earl of Derby’s family for more than 600 years and is usually reserved exclusively for private events and filming.

However, the one night only event in May will see a live pianist and singer entertain guests throughout the evening, which will commence on a beautiful terrace, overlooking the fountain and stunning landscaped gardens.

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For a true taste of the manor, guests can sip cocktails crafted with the Estate’s own Knowsley Walled Garden Gin. Attendees will enjoy canapés followed by a four-course curated menu, including pan-seared halibut, roasted lamb rump and English garden trifle, made using the highest quality produce.

St Helens Star: A picture of the previous fine dining experience in Summer 2022A picture of the previous fine dining experience in Summer 2022 (Image: Knowsley Hall)

Vegetarian and vegan menus, including pan-seared gnocchi and braised fennel hearts are also available, with starters and main courses from both menus paired with fine wines selected by a Boutinot Wines sommelier.

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A luxurious selection of truffles, cheeses and Knowsley blend coffee are also included.

Rachel Scott, Head of Marketing, Knowsley Estate said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer this memorable dining opportunity, where guests will experience a true taste of the Earl and Countess of Derby’s historic home and surroundings.

“Due to the exclusive nature of the evening, tickets are limited and we’re expecting them to go quickly.”

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Subject to availability, guests wanting to really make the most of their experience can stay overnight in one of Knowsley Hall’s magnificent en-suite bedrooms, which have been individually designed by The Countess of Derby.

For more information, including full menu detail and tickets, priced at £125 per person, please visit the Knowsley Hall website here.