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Agatha Christie Festival 2011 - Food to Die For!

PUBLISHED: 10:29 12 August 2011 | UPDATED: 19:50 20 February 2013

Agatha Christie Festival 2011 - Food to Die For!

Agatha Christie Festival 2011 - Food to Die For!

The world-famous annual Agatha Christie Festival unites murder mystery fans and food lovers on the stunning English Riviera in South Devon, from 11th-18th September. This spectacular festival includes a wealth of fine dining options to die for!

The world-famous annual Agatha Christie Festival unites murder mystery fans and food lovers. Once again taking place on the stunning English Riviera in South Devon, from 11th-18th September, this spectacular festival includes a wealth of fine dining options to die for!

Here we detect some of the best foodie events that will give you all the clues to the best Agatha Christie Festival whodunnit fun with delicious West Country dishes as its tempting accomplice.


The spectacular festival celebrates the worlds greatest crime fiction writer, Dame Agatha Christie and her best-known detectives, Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. Foodie fans will enjoy tasting West Country culinary delights during exciting murder-mystery luncheons, dinners, afternoon tea dances, canap receptions, vintage bus tours with supper, garden parties and more.

The festival draws to a close with a special Cream Tea Day at Cockington Court, Torquay rounding off the food-lovers perfect Agatha Christie Festival.




Selected Agatha Christie Events for the Foodie:


(Full list below photos)


Sunday 11th September

Greenway Literary Dining Club hosted by John Curran

A book club with a twist! In the style of Agatha Christies Tuesday Night Club, diners will discuss her writing, including Dead Mans Folly, which can be read in advance. Influences from the house and grounds will be explored. Canaps to be served on arrival, with dinner in the Dining Room followed by a chaired discussion of Christies literary works. Includes themed guided tour of the house.

Greenway House, Galmpton, Nr Brixham TQ5 0ES

19.00

60 places limited so please book early.

Contact: 01803 842382 greenway@nationaltrust.org.uk

Tea on the Terrace from 12th-16th September:

Settle down for afternoon tea in Our Room with a View at Living Coasts. Marvel at the beautiful scenery of the English Riviera and Beacon Cove, just as Agatha Christie herself used to. Tickets include cream tea and selection of finger sandwiches for two people. There will of course be a selection of Agatha Christie titles available for our guests.

Our Room With a View, Living Coasts, Beacon Hill Torquay TQ1 2BG

2.30pm

9.95

Contact: Living Coasts 0844 474 3366 functions@livingcoasts.org.uk www.livingcoasts.org.uk

Afternoon Tea at The Weary Ploughmanfrom 12th-16thSeptember:

The Weary Ploughman at Churston is celebrating Agatha Christie Week with Traditional Afternoon Tea all week and a quiz on Sunday 18th August (see below under 18th September for quiz details)

The Weary Ploughman is located right next to picturesque Churston Station, where the steam railway stops on the way from Paignton to Kingswear. Agatha Christie often took this delightful journey and the Queen of Crime would alight at Churston Station, continuing the last two miles to her riverside residence at Greenway by car. Hercule Poirot used the line in the ABC Murders and again in Dead Mans Folly.The special Agatha Christie Afternoon Tea will offer adelicious selection of sandwiches plus homemade scones with Devon jam and the West Countrys famous clotted cream plus a choice of cakes.

The Weary Ploughman, Dartmouth Road, Churston Ferrers TQ5 0LL

3-5pm

7.50 per person

Contact: 01803 844702

Monday 12th September

Murder Mystery Dining Train

Climb aboard the Dartmouth Express Dining Train for an evening of murder and mystery with the Candlelight Theatre Company. Let time pass you by as you prepare to savour a new and exciting gastronomic experience, but be on your guard at all times....will a murder take place?? Can you solve the mystery?? A night not to be missed!

Cuisine provided by Hennessey Restaurant in Torquay.

Dartmouth Steam Railway Station, Queens Road, Paignton TQ4 6AF

19:00 22:30

Contact: Dartmouth Steam Railway 01803 555872 www.dartmouthrailriver.co.uk

Tuesday 13th September

In Character lunch at Burgh Island Hotel

Dress as your favourite Christie character (or simply in appropriate attire) and visit the famous Art Deco retreat where Agatha wrote Evil Under the Sun and And Then There Were None; enjoy a period lunch with classic dishes from the 20s and 30s and end with a grand tour of the Island itself, including the Hotels private grounds, during which Gary McBar will point out the significant markers in Christies writing history.

Burgh Island Hotel, South Devon TQ7 4BG

12.30 for 1 p.m. ends 3.30 p.m.

58; places strictly limited to 50

Contact Hotel Reception: 01548 810 514 Or email: reception@burghisland.com

A Garden Party to die for

Meet the Head Gardener, learn about Agatha Christies potent and poisonous plants and her time as a pharmacist in Torquay and join us for afternoon tea if you dare!

With a 1930s theme: music, servants, tea and cake served on the lawn. Feel free to dress for the occasion!

Torre Abbey Gardens, Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE

3pm 5pm

12.50

Contact: 01803 293593 www.torre-abbey.org





Murder Mystery Dining Train

Details as Monday

Supper for Sleuths at The Cary Arms

Wine, dine and solve a crime! Join us at The Cary Arms for a delicious three course gastro pub supper and a fun evening of entertainment from Murder Made to Measure. Test your detective skills to solve the mystery, or sit back, relax and enjoy the fun.

The Cary Arms, Babbacombe, Torquay TQ1 3LX

45.00 Pre-booking essential.

Contact: The Cary Arms 01803 327110 and enquiries@caryarms.co.uk www.caryarms.co.uk




Twilight Tour of Greenway House

Take the chance to see Greenway House after hours, in the September twilight glow. Enjoy canaps in the House Kitchen followed by a guided tour of the House by one of our extraordinarily knowledgeable volunteers. Includes travel from set local points on our vintage bus; timings do not include the bus trip. Please contact the Property Office for further details.

19.00

Price: 25.00

Tel: 01803 842382

Email: greenway@nationaltrust.org.uk




Wednesday 14th September

Tea Dance in the Ballroom at Oldway Mansion

In the opulent setting of the ballroom where Isadora Duncan once performed and Agatha Christie also danced we invite you to enjoy a traditional tea dance with live period music courtesy of the band High Society. A cream tea will be served whilst you enjoy the music and dancing. Period costume encouraged.

The Ballroom, Oldway Mansion, Torquay Road, Paignton TQ3 2TE

3.30pm 6.30pm

Tickets: 12.75

Contact: Torquay and Paignton Libraries 01803 208300 www.torbay.gov.uk/libraries





Agatha Christie Mile Evening Vintage Bus Tour with Supper

Join us aboard Barnaby the 1940s original Vintage bus. See the Agatha Christie Mile and the beautiful countryside as we take you on a nostalgic trip to the heart of Agatha Christies Riviera, ending the evening with a fish and chip supper. Limited seating please book early.

Departing Belgrave Road Torquay at: 6.30pm

Departing Cary Parade Torquay at: 6.40pm

Adult 17.00 Child 11

Contact: Greenway Ferry 01803 882811 www.greenwayferry.co.uk

Murder Mystery at Orestone Manor

In conjunction with the Candlelight Theatre Company the action begins over pre-dinner drinks and concludes over coffee. While you sit down to a delicious dinner, our actors will lay the clues that you have to unravel. It is up to you to investigate and accuse a suspect. Guests are encouraged to join in although no-one is given a particular character and its fine by us if all you want to do is sit back and relax and let us entertain you.

Orestone Manor, Rock House Lane, Maidencombe, TQ1 4SX

From 7.00pm

35 includes 3-course dinner and glass of wine on arrival

Pre-booking essential

Contact: 01803-328098 www.orestonemanor.co.uk

Thursday 15th September




A Birthday Celebration for the Queen of Crime

A special afternoon tea dance at Agatha Christies honeymoon hotel. The event includes afternoon tea (choice of tea or coffee, a selection of finger sandwiches, scones with Devonshire clotted cream and homemade jam), a slice of birthday cake and musical entertainment. Period 20s /30s dress encouraged.

The Grand Hotel, Torquay Seafront TQ2 6NT

2.30pm

15.00

Contact: 01803 296677 www.grandtorquay.co.uk

A Birthday Dinner and Fireworks Celebration

Dine with us, where Agatha Christie attended many social functions, also featuring in her book 'Peril at End House' where it's renamed The Majestic.

Enjoy a sumptuous 3-course meal with uninterrupted views across the Bay and Corbyn Head, where at 9pm the Fireworks will be displayed.

The hotel terrace is also the setting for the final chapter of 'Sleeping Murder'.

26.95 per person, includes a glass of bubbly on arrival, 3-course meal, plus tea/coffee

The Barcelo Imperial Hotel, Torquay TQ1 2DG

From 6.30-9.00pm

01803 206165

Murder at the Toorak

Could you unravel the mystery masking a murder? Are you a sleuth struggling to solve a homicide? Do you shudder when un-shrouding the sinister or supernatural? Then join us at The Toorak Hotel for a sumptuous three-course dinner and an evening of suspense and fun, as you flex your detective skills to solve a whodunit dinner date from Murder Made to Measure.

The Toorak Hotel TQ2 5JS

7.00 p.m. for 7.30 p.m.

38.00, pre-booking essential

Contact: Nigel Beck, The Toorak Hotel 01803 400400




Murder Mystery Dining Train

Details as Monday

Friday 16th September

Agatha Christie Mile Evening Vintage Bus Tour with Supper

Join us aboard Barnaby the 1940s original Vintage bus. See the Agatha Christie Mile and the beautiful countryside as we take you on a nostalgic trip to the heart of Agatha Christies Riviera, ending the evening with a fish and chip supper. Limited seating please book early.

Departing Brixham (back of Tescos) at 6.30pm

Adult 17.00 Child 11

Contact: Greenway Ferry 01803 882811 www.greenwayferry.co.uk





1930s themed Murder Mystery at Churston Court FULLY BOOKED!

Transport yourself back to an era of elegance, mystery and intrigue. Enjoy a three course la carte dinner whilst entertained by a professional team of actors as they create the perfect who dunnit by candlelight.

Churston Court, Churston Ferrers nr Brixham TQ5 0JE

7.00pm

34.95

Contact: Churston Court 01803 842186 www.churstoncourt.co.uk




Saturday 17th September




Agatha Christie Mile Evening Vintage Bus Tour with Supper

Details as Monday




Agatha Christie Festival Finale Candlelit Dinner with Classical Trio

A black tie event in the beautiful candlelit restaurant at the Churston Court. Dine in style accompanied by music of the thirties played by a classical trio. Choose from our exquisite menu created by Head Chef Andy Howard.

Churston Court, Churston Ferrers nr Brixham TQ5 0JE

7.00pm

Menu items individually priced

Contact: Churston Court 01803 842186 www.churstoncourt.co.uk

Sunday 18th September

Cream Tea Day at Cockington Court

Our cream tea day is a tribute to Cockington Courts association with Agatha Christie who dedicated her book Why Didnt They Ask Evans to a member of the Mallock Family - lords of the manor at that time. Enjoy a cream tea and a variety of entertainment while celebrating the true 1920s style of her era in a stunning country park setting.

Cockington Court, Torquay TQ2 6XA

10 am 4pm

Contact: Cockington Court 01803 607230 www.cockingtoncourt.org

Agatha Christie Themed Quiz - Sunday 18th September at 9pm

Test your Agatha Christie credentials with a quiz at The Weary Ploughman at Churston (nr Agatha Christie's Greenway) to challenge the little grey cells on the Sunday of Agatha Christie Week. 5 per team (maximum of 4 to a team). Youll enjoy the friendly atmosphere in the bar where you can relax with a drink, a cocktail or a glass of the renowned, locally brewed Bays Beer. You can also book dinner in the restaurant.

The Weary Ploughman, Dartmouth Road, Churston Ferrers TQ5 0LL

Contact: 01803 844702



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