The Annual Grand Ball

Saturday 10th March 2018 - Monday 30th November -0001

Price £99
Corsets and bustles at the ready as the annual Grand Ball revisits The Lowry Hotel

The five-star Lowry Hotel is to host The Grand Fancy Dress Ball in continued support for the charity, Maggie’s Centre Manchester.

The ball which will be held on Saturday 10th March, will give guests the chance to channel their inner Queen Victoria or Captain Ross Poldark all in aid of raising funds for Maggie’s charity which provides emotional, practical and social support for people with cancer.

The fancy dress ball which was inspired by an event held nearly two centuries ago, will be period fancy dress to recreate a famous oil painting which holds residency in the Salford Museum and Art Gallery.

The painting, ‘A Fancy Dress Ball, Manchester’ by artist Arthur Perigal, records the 1828 event when 3,500 people attended a fund-raiser for local charities at the Theatre Royal in Peter Street, Manchester.

Around 300 paid to be included in the painting, and one of them, a local man, Mr Peacock, who appears in the painting as the Knave of Hearts, won the raffle to keep it. He presented it to Salford in 1852, and it was restored in 1994.

The return of the ball comes after last year’s success of raising £17,000 for the charity from a selection of auction and raffle prizes, ticket sales and donations contributing to the fantastic sum.

Adrian Ellis, General Manager of The Lowry Hotel, hopes to exceed the total this year, he said: “We are now in our second year of hosting Maggie’s Ball at the hotel, with each year proving to be a greater success than the previous year. Maggie’s is a charity close to our heart as the charity relies heavily on donations, which makes the ball each year even more significant.”

The idea for the annual ball was sparked off by Mr Ellis after the ‘A Fancy Dress Ball, Manchester’ painting in Salford Museum and Art Gallery caught his eye, not long after joining the hotel in 2014.

“The painting is so striking, and it got me wondering why we couldn’t do something similar today with a local Manchester charity.” says Mr Ellis. “As it is a symbolic piece of Manchester’s history and The Lowry Hotel is the only hotel in the city centre to be named after an artist, it’s fitting that the ball will be inspired by a historic piece of artwork.”

Tickets will be priced at £99 per head and there will be a raffle and auction on the night. Tickets can be purchased from the Lowry Hotel 0161 827 4000 and from Maggie’s Manchester (0161 641 4857 Emma Halman or Ruth Tobi).
Costumes cover all periods from the Romans to the 1950s, with an extensive range of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian costumes. A reduced rate is being offered of £45 for hire of the Royal Exchange costumes and includes all accessories, everything from boots to hats.

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Mr Ellis, adds: “We have a lot of organisations who help to make the event possible each year, including the Royal Exchange Theatre who help bring the painting to life with their exquisite array of costumes.
“The Ball lets you leave 21st century Manchester behind for the evening and instead experience a magnificent evening at a replica grand ball from two centuries ago.”
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About River Restaurant

The River Restaurant at The Lowry Hotel is a 2 AA rosette restaurant and one of Manchester’s best places to eat and drink in a glass-walled, riverside setting overlooking Santiago Calatrava’s Trinity Bridge.
The convivial atmosphere is also deeply luxurious with purple leather chairs, semi-circular banquettes, while Fornasetti plates, mirrors and lithographs and prints decorate walls, The River Restaurant also has an exclusive private dining room for up to 24 people which is licenced for weddings and civil ceremonies. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

The à la carte menu has been devised around the best local and seasonal produce. An additional three-course menu changes each month following the seasonal bounty and is just £24.95 for three courses at lunch and dinner except Saturday Evening, while our popular Sunday lunch menu is £22.50 per person for three courses and is always accompanied by live music. You can choose from Afternoon Tea or for a real indulgent treat why not sample our Champagne, Bellini or G & Tea’s £33.00 per person.

As the winter months give way to lighter evenings, Executive Chef Andrew Green has created a confident and well-balanced new à la carte menu at the luxurious two AA Rosette awarding winning River Bar and Restaurant. Using premium ingredients and local suppliers, the celebrational menu takes traditional and classic dishes and updates them with a modern twist.
Choose from an array of classic starters, such as the intense Potted Shrimp, a mouth-watering Crab Macaroni Cheese, the highly popular Twice Baked Lancashire Bomb Cheese Soufflé or the Beef Bresaola which is cooked to precision after a one-month preparation process.
For mains, stand-out dishes include Andrew’s personal favourite the Beef Wellington which is brought to the table and showcased by the chef before being sliced. Baked in mushroom duxelles, Parma ham, with puff pastry with Maderia sauce, it’s one of a number of dishes to share between two.
Fish-lovers are spoilt for choice. To decide between the delicately prepared Lowry Fish Pie which has intense flavours of the sea, or an exquisite Meuniere-style Whole Dover Sole, a prime, succulent fish served on or off the bone, or perhaps the Scottish Halibut fillet made the classic way with a lobster stock. The melt in the mouth Steamed Beef Shin, Oxtail & Kidney Pudding is another chef recommendation that is cooked over a 15-hour process with the oxtail cooked separately and poured at the table.

Room for a pudding? Try the ‘Best of British’ selection of desserts; the Steamed Treacle Sponge served with custard, naturally, takes up one hour to be steamed to precision, and should be ordered early along with the other courses. It is sure to be a big talking point. The Rhubarb Trifle is another twist on a much-loved British favourite. If you like to share, the restaurant’s Baked Alaska show stopper shouldn’t be resisted, as you and your companion will discover a layer of the softest sponge and ice cream under the browned meringue.

Lunch is served daily between 12 noon and 3.00pm, Afternoon Tea is served Monday to Saturday between 12 noon and 4pm and Sunday 2.00pm and 4.00pm. Dinner is served daily between 6pm and 10.00pm.

Here is a short video of the preparation of the Watermelon dessert on this month's Chef Choice Menu.