18th Oct, 2017

Gingerbread welcome at Stratford-on-Avon hotel

Stratford Editorial 26th Nov, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A LANDMARK Stratford building is looking good enough to eat this Christmas.

The Welcombe Hotel has been recreated in gingerbread by its new pastry chef Petar Stoykov.

It took three days to bake all the components for the house – which is 80cm long, 40cm high and 50cm in width – and a further three days to assemble and decorate it.

The house, which is made out of butter, eggs, sugar, ground ginger, ground clove, ground cinnamon and flour, has now gone on display in the lounge until the New Year.

Shaun Van Looy, General Manager at The Welcombe Hotel, said: “We are delighted to showcase this amazing imitation of the Welcombe in the form of a giant Gingerbread house.

“I would like to thank Petar for the creation which showcases his talent as a very experienced pastry chef. We hope our guests enjoy the display along with the rest of the hotels’ traditional Christmas decorations and festivities.”

Gingerbread production is a festive tradition throughout Europe and further afield , and is particularly popular in Germany and Austria. The Gingerbread house is said to be derived from the traditional markets erected for the festive season. The houses are also linked to the famous fairy tale of Hansel & Gretel.

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