CRUMBLE was on the menu at Brinklow’s Coombe Abbey Hotel as it welcomed a surprise Christmas visitor.
Dame Clarabelle Crumble, star of the Belgrade’s Beauty and the Beast panto, took a break from rehearsals to spread festive cheer at the venue – where she was also treated to afternoon tea, cakes and crumble.
The surprise occasion was organised by the Belgrade’s Directors’ Club, an initiative which invites local businesses to support Coventry’s vibrant theatre by becoming members.
During her visit, the Dame was given the royal treatment with a tour of the country house hotel’s grounds and a taster of the afternoon tea menu which includes a range of finger sandwiches, cakes and freshly baked scones.
Clarabelle even sampled a half pint of the exclusive Ale of Coombe – which she gave her noble seal of approval.
Dame Clara, who is played by theatre stalwart Ian Lauchlan, said the visit was one of her favourite appointments in her social calendar.
She added: “Christmas at Coombe Abbey is a very special experience and my visit was nothing short of show-stopping.
“The afternoon tea they serve could even give some of the delectable treats I serve in my pub, The Pickled Pheasant, a run for its money.”
Also appearing at Coombe in the run up to Christmas is fellow cast member and Free Radio personality, John Dalziel.
John, who will appear in selected performances of the Christmas panto, is also hosting the hotel’s party nights throughout December until January.
Lisa Fell, marketing manager of Coombe Abbey, said: “The hotel team is very excited to be hosting such a star-studded cast over the festive season.
“We really enjoyed the Dame’s visit and she did a great job spreading Christmas cheer, every guest left with a smile on their face.”
Beauty and the Beast is running at the Belgrade Theatre on a number of dates until Saturday (January 9).