The Belle Epoque in Knutsford played host to the corporate pub quiz last night. It wasn’t like any normal pub quiz – resembling a scene from trainspotting – oh no, no, no…the Belle created that ‘Carlsberg moment’, setting the bar high for all future quizzes.
The Belle Epoque (meaning the ‘Beautiful Era’, referring to the period in French and Belgian history before the start of WW1) was created and built in 1907 by glove merchant Richard Harding Watt. This remarkable building features two pillars derived from the original St Peter’s Church in Manchester.
The wonderful thing about this building is that it has kept many of its original features, sporting Art Nouveau fireplaces and the Mediterranean roof garden preserving the character of The Belle Epoque era.
Coming in from the cold, we were greeted by an open log fire, friendly staff and of course a pint of local ale. Confidence was low but we finally got into our stride as we blasted through the dingbat round, but the competition became fierce when we got to the question round. There were moments we felt like school children in an exam room looking around at our peers writing away….
The highlight of the evening was the bonus questions, for on-the-spot prizes. One of the questions was “What is the distance between Land’s End and John o’ Groats?”. Foolishly, I answered 3552 miles, which resulted in public mockery, sniggers, finger pointing and never-ending banter from the Quizmaster. What a way to make an impression!
I can report we didn’t do too well, even the help from Siri didn’t get us far. But the event wasn’t about winners or losers; it was about meeting new people and fresh exciting companies in our