British Summer Time is here – Easter Takeaways & Upcoming Events!

Don’t dwell too much that it’s been exactly a year since Mr. Johnson announced the UK’s first lockdown but focus more on the positives like British Summer Time ….. it’s just around the corner and, from next Monday, we can at last meet up with friends & family 😊

I’m really, really looking forward to cooking for someone else other than my husband and cannot wait until 12th April when we can welcome back all our lovely loyal customers who had to postpone their special events due to the last lockdown.

I can’t thank you enough for your messages of encouragement and for calling to secure new dates – weekends in May, June and July are filling quickly so if you do have something you want to celebrate in private, intimate surroundings with a bespoke menu of your choice please do get in touch.

Looking for an Easter Treat?

Luxury Picnic Lunch for Easter – available now
Our bespoke Easter Lunch Hampers are full of delicious goodies – Prices start at £30.00 pp and we are taking orders now – numbers are limited so book early!

>> Easter Lunch Picnic Menu (View webpage)
>> Easter Lunch Picnic Menu (PDF Download)

Luxury Cream Tea Hampers for Easter – available now
Our popular cream tea menu has been adapted for a special Easter treat – Prices start from £27.00 pp

>> 5-Course Easter Luxury Cream Tea Hampers (View webpage)
>> 5-Course Easter Luxury Cream Tea Menu (PDF Download)

Remember … all our menus are bespoke, so YOU can choose. Get in touch if you wish to make any changes to the menus above!

>> Full 2021 Take-away options – including Grazing Platters, Savoury Snacks and Sweet Delights

Garden Enthusiasts Lunch in the Garden – 1st May – FULLY BOOKED

Numbers are strictly limited for our inaugural event but we hope to have more of these lunches throughout the year. Trying to keep seasonal, we will be enjoying Wild Garlic Velouté (freshly picked from the woodland area at the end of the garden), Salmon with ginger & lime leeks en Papillote accompanied by Jersey Royals with Lemon & Samphire and a Flourless Chocolate, chestnut & rosemary cake to end.

During the floral demonstration guests will be treated to a glass of chilled bubbly to celebrate the joys of gardening, the Spring, the end of lockdown and to better times ahead.  Full report of how it goes with dates of the next luncheon next time ……..

Tess is a professional gardener and florist with many years experience in both industries, covering all aspects of garden maintenance, planting and design with a natural style of floristry for wedding and party flowers.

She trained in horticulture at Hadlow college to RHS level 3, Certificate in Garden Design and various floristry courses from Paula Pryke to Sarah Raven, as well as working in an established Florist shop and the country house hotel Gravetye Manor for many years.

With a passion for growing flowers and vegetables from seed with special emphasis on border planting and cutting gardens, Tess loves a bee friendly cottage garden and her favourite flowers include Hellebores, Tulips, Roses, Peonies and Dahlias.

If you are interested in joining us for these upcoming lunches and demonstrations get in touch to reserve your place as numbers will be strictly limited. The price is £35.00 which includes lunch and refreshments plus a goody bag of the materials you will need (excluding flowers) to make your own arrangements at home.

>> Garden Enthusiasts – Seasonal Quarterly Lunches

Small, Local Businesses – Supporting each other

Some of you may remember that we had an “Open Craft Day” organised in November last year where we had invited a number of local, small businesses to display their wares for invited guests to come and browse – I had also planned to giveaway edible goodies which were featuring in our Christmas Luxury Tea Hampers. Alas we had to postpone, but as restrictions ease, we hope to resurrect this idea in the summer – more to follow next time but before then, we thought it might be nice to feature one of the businesses who will be attending……

Silverre Bespoke Jewellery

Deborah Vandeverre started her silversmith journey many years ago by attending a fingerprint course to learn how to use Silver Clay. From there her desire to create grew and she began experimenting with Sterling Silver Sheet, Sterling Silver Wire and Silver Casting. She incorporated her passion for beach combing within her designs and loves using sea glass and casting shells that she finds on the beaches. She also creates bespoke design in consultation with her clients, sometimes using semi-precious stones or other interesting materials and sometimes just plain silver, creating beautiful bespoke pieces that can be treasured forever.

From humble beginnings, Deborah grew her business through local sales at fairs to having her own online shop, selling jewellery to all corners of the world. The name Silverre came from a family brain storming session that was destined to result in the most logical solution. Her surname is Vandeverre, the French word for glass is Verre and obviously Sil derives from Silver!

To see more of Deborah’s beautiful pieces click here

Recipe of the Month

Celebrating Lemon Meringue Pie this Easter!

Does anyone remember those packets containing the creamy coloured powder and the little lemon flavoured ball that slowly dissolved as the water heated in the saucepan??? As a child, those and Vesta Chow Mein were my favourites!! This recipe tastes 100 times better and, although the pastry takes a little practice, is worth every effort, especially when entertaining ….. which we will all be doing again soon. Give it a try?

>> View/Download the recipe here

Not long to go now until we can hit the shops and the gyms, have a haircut, and enjoy a freshly pulled pint of beer. Enjoy and see you soon. Barbara xx 👍