A MAGICAL evening of herb-inspired cocktails and food, stunning scenery and a DJ set awaited us at Dewsall Court.

From the moment I arrived at the exclusive venue, which is only five miles from Hereford’s city centre, for the Where The Wild Things Rave event I felt as if I was a million miles away from everyday life.

A welcome cocktail of a Clear Cosmopolitan was provided before all the guests enjoyed a gentle stroll through the truly stunning grounds.

There is a sense of organised wildness to the place as the grounds are not overly-manicured and I enjoyed walking through the trees over a small brook to be welcomed next to the lake with a canape of caraway and rye toast, goat’s curd and rhubarb.

We were then invited to walk further through the grounds to enjoy oysters, kept on ice, and a Cosmopolitan top-up.

Guests then made their way to the Wainhouse Barn, which has been very tastefully renovated, and is in a secluded spot in the grounds.

Large, leafy plants were at the doorway as we walked through and the long tables were decorated with moss and beautiful wild flowers. It felt very special indeed with the candles alight.

The party guests were then treated to an immersive dinner based on medicinal and foraged herbs.

Starting with wild rabbit rosemary croquettes and Dewsall green tomato relish, the rich meaty croquettes were divine and as a cocktail pairing a cucumber and dill gin fizz was served.

For each course a scroll was provided with interesting information about the food we were eating.

This was followed by pigeon cooked over apple wood, dandelion, mint, molasses and pork crackling. I was really intrigued by the dandelion side, which although bitter, went extremely well with the pigeon. The cocktail of wild strawberry and basil martini was an inspired choice.

The fish course of cod, clams, ham and sherry, pink fir, wild garlic puree, sea fennel and braised cocktail was perfectly cooked and all of the flavours went amazingly well together. This course was paired with a Dewsall lemon drop.

The dessert of blackcurrant jelly fluff was divine and served in beautiful silver goblets. This was paired with a sweet honey and fig prosecco.

At the end of the meal, the Wild Chocolate Club provided a shot of raw cacao before dancing began to a set by George Oscar of Set it Out DJ’s.

Where The Wild Things Rave was a truly unique evening and like nothing I had been to before. It felt extremely special and well thought-out, and I hope they have many more wild events planned.