Gerry Hill MBE QGM + Bar will be talking through some of his experiences in the British Army whilst enjoying a five course dinner in our Signatures restaurant.

Friday 7 October

Wivenhoe House was home to the SAS during two major conflicts of the 20th Century, this five course dinner will take place in this historic setting with an after dinner speech from Gerry Hill MBE QGM + Bar.

Gerry Hill MBE QGM + Bar spent just short of 45 years in the British Army, the last 34 of which were served in 22 Special Air Service Regiment. A renowned after dinner speaker, Gerry will be talking through some of his experiences in the setting of the historical Signatures lounge.

gerryDuring this time Gerry received four gallantry awards – two Queen’s Gallantry Medals (QGM) and two Mention in Dispatches (MID) as well as a Member of the British Empire medal (MBE) and a Commander in Chief Commendation (CINC) for valuable service. Showcasing the knowledge and experience Gerry gained during his time in the army, however, he now focuses on the welfare support for the men and women of our Armed Forces, the latter years of his service enabled him to see the value of this support when they leave the service.


Salad of English goat cheese, beetroot textures, candied walnut

Pan seared sea bass, rhubarb, chorizo mayonnaise

Roast and confit guinea fowl, potato dauphinoise, mushroom fricasee

Stilton rarebit, pear and honey drizzle

Bitter chocolate marquise, pistachio



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find us, however you travel
By car:

Whether approaching Wivenhoe House from London and the South or Ipswich and the North via the A12, take the exit marked Colchester (A133). Follow the A133 towards Clacton, ignore the entrance to the Knowledge Gateway, continue along the A133 then take the B1028 for Wivenhoe before turning right into Boundary Road, then right again into Park Road. The entrance for Wivenhoe House is shared with the University of Essex but Park Road leads you through Wivenhoe Park and you will be able to see the glorious house from the road.

For Sat Nav please use CO7 9HT and then follow signage to Wivenhoe House. Please note, some Sat Navs may direct you to the wrong side of Wivenhoe Park so please check our PDF Map

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By train:

Colchester station, Colchester Town station, Wivenhoe station and Hythe stations are all between 10-15 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Trains run between London (Liverpool Street) and Colchester station every 10-20 minutes. The journey takes around an hour. Also connect with Colchester from Norwich, Ipswich, Felixstowe & Harwich. Some trains from London (Liverpool Street) also stop at Wivenhoe Station. When travelling from the Clacton/Walton direction, alight at Wivenhoe or Hythe Stations.

By plane:

Stansted airport is approximately 45 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Helicopter pad coordinates are 603200/223900.