Tradition was that throughout a whole leap year, women could propose to the man of their dreams however because men felt that a whole year put them at too great a risk, the tradition was tightened to restricting female proposals to the modern leap day!
So with more women plucking up the courage to pop the question, the management team at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury are encouraging as many women as possible to ask the question at the four-star venue where they will be able to take advantage of some fantastic offers including £1,000 discount off wedding packages at the award-winning venue*.
Colin Badcock, general manager at the four-star venue said: “Leap day has been associated with many age-old traditions, superstitions and folklore with the most well known being proposals by women.
“We're all aware that men can sometimes be a bit slow on the uptake and, occasionally, just need a shove in the right direction, so many women take matters into their own hands and make the most of this once-every-four-year opportunity.
“Our idea is to add a little sparkle to what could turn out to be quite an occasion. So those who do propose in the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill will firstly be given a bottle of bubbly to celebrate. We will also have in place a number of fantastic offers including the £1,000 discounted wedding package.”
For any men who might be feeling a little anxious about being asked out for a bite to eat on 29 February Colin is keen to point out that in comparison to the past men have got it easy nowadays.
He added: “In the past not only could women propose to men throughout a whole year, but should the man refuse the offer of marriage then they were expected to pay a penalty such as a silk gown or money to soften the blow.
“And this wasn’t some fanciful whim but an actual law which was passed allegedly in 1288 by Queen Mary of Scotland.
“Whatever people’s intentions are for those who do dine at Marco Pierre White’s on 29 February I’m sure they will enjoy a great meal out although we will be ready and waiting to help any happy couple celebrate in style!”
For menus and further information on the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill Bristol visit www.mpwsteakhousebristol.co.uk or call 01934 839 019.
* Terms and conditions
• Offer applies to evening diners in the Marco Pierre White restaurant on Wednesday 29th February
• Please advise us in advance so we can put the bubbly on ice ready for the big moment
• £1000 off brochure price for a wedding reception taking place within next 12 months - minimum number of guests 60
• Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer
Issued on behalf of Doubletree by Hilton, Cadbury House by Empica Ltd