Blue Tits at Barnsgate

Wildlife at Barnsgate

Wildlife at Barnsgate

We’re very lucky, with our location, to be surrounded by such an array of wildlife at Barnsgate. We see all kinds of creatures such as Muntjacs, pheasants, deer, and a resident buzzard. However, we’ve recently had a new addition to our grounds in rather an unlikely space.

We have discovered that a nest has been made in one of our wall bins for a blue tit and her chicks. If you have been watching Springwatch then you may have recently seen their live feed of a nest hatching and fledging. Ours are some rather late bloomers as they tend to lay their eggs in April or early May and fledge within 3 weeks.

Man-made spaces are often their favourite to nest in. So really we shouldn’t be surprised as our bin offers the perfect space to hide away in. We’re making sure to keep a watchful eye on the mother so that we know she hasn’t been frightened away by any people.

Join us

If you haven’t been to us before and you are interested in the local wildlife, Barnsgate really is a fantastic spot to check out. People are often greeted by the buzzard as they go down our drive and we have the forest right next door to spot them in their natural habitat. (I have blogged about the route I would recommend before, you can find it here). Of course, after any adventuring you get up to, you are welcome to join us for a cup of tea and cake!

The Typical Day of a London Wedding Planner

Wedding Planner

Working with the very best wedding planner London has to offer really can
make all the difference. It’s not until you’ve experienced the process first-hand
that you truly comprehend the complexities involved in planning a wedding.
By which time, it’s typically too late to hire help.

All over the capital, wedding planners in London are breathing life into the
wildest dreams of couples from all over the country. Not to mention, the
thousands of couples who flock to London from overseas every year, in search
of their dream wedding.

But what exactly is it that a wedding planner does? Say, you worked as a
professional wedding planner in London, what would a typical day on the job be like?

To find out, we asked one of London’s most sought-after and successful
wedding planners for a few insights into her daily routine.

What does a wedding planner do?

It would probably be easier to ask what a wedding planner doesn’t do. If you
want to succeed as a wedding planner, you need to be able to handle literally
every single job from start to finish. Things as simple as ensuring the bride and
groom’s shoes fit perfectly right through to choreographing the entertainment, transport, dining and so on for enormous wedding receptions.

The thing is, every client has completely different expectations and
requirements. So there’s really no such thing as two days that are ever the
same. The things I’m called on to handle one day could be completely different
to those I tackle the next. In any case, I do anything and everything my clients
ask me to do. And believe me when I say some of the requests I receive
are…well, let’s just say ‘challenging’ and leave it at that!

How does your typical daily schedule look?

There’s really no such thing. Again, every single client has completely different
expectations and priorities, so I need to be totally flexible and accommodating. Sometimes I work nine till five, sometimes I have to work overnight almost every night to get the job done.

Just as a rough example though, I’m typically up and at it no later than 6am as
this is often the only chance I get to go through my emails and basically see
what needs to be prioritised. I’ll have planned most days fully beforehand so I
already know where I need to be, which usually entails a ton of phone calls and
meetings with service providers. Florists, caterers, venues, transportation
companies, churches and the couples I work with – it’s usually a pretty nonstop affair of communication and meetings.

I learned the hard way during my early years that unless I bring my lunch with
me, I end up going hungry. This is the kind of work where whatever you’ve got
planned within the next 30 minutes can instantly change at the snap of a finger. Something goes wrong with an arrangement, the client changes their
requirements – you always have to be ready for anything.

Long days and late nights are to be expected as most of the clients I work with
also work fulltime. So you can hardly expect them to get into detailed
conversations and arrange meetings during the day – most of them can only
meet and talk after working hours. So when the typical working day is coming
to an end, mine is still as busy as it gets. That said, I always try to wrap
everything up by around 7.00 PM at the latest as I don’t want to risk my own
limitations/fatigue compromising the quality of the services I provide.

I like to think I’m a pretty hard worker, but around 13 hours a day is just about
my limit!

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Two things – the fact that I’m my own boss and that I also specialise in making
dreams come true. When I first started out, I was completely blown away by
exactly how much self-discipline and organisation are needed to get by. This
isn’t the kind of work where you can get away with hitting your snooze button
as and when you like, or take days off here and there. But the fact that I’m my
own boss and make things happen under my own steam makes the whole thing so much more satisfying and rewarding.

Plus, there’s really nothing like seeing the looks on the faces of my clients when everything starts coming together. I’ve learned that even when clients hire a professional wedding planner, they still have all manner of doubts, concerns and occasional panic attacks along the way. Nevertheless, when things begin taking shape and they know every contingency is being planned for, you can see the excitement (and relief) on their faces. It really is a hugely satisfying experience.

What do you enjoy least about your job?

In truth – the fact that I constantly have to blow off arrangements with friends
and family to keep things heading in the right direction. Planning a wedding
means organising and balancing literally hundreds of different responsibilities.
It’s like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle – even if just one goes missing, the whole
thing suffers. So when even the tiniest thing goes wrong along the way, I need to make sure it is put right as quickly as possible.

It’s not uncommon for me to get calls at the most ridiculous hours of day or
night and have no choice but to leap into action and sort things out. On the plus side, I have an incredibly supportive husband and family who understand my responsibilities.

What would you advise newcomers to your profession?

Enjoy the ride! The thing is, if you really want to become a successful wedding
planner, you need to accept that you are going to spend a lot of your time
exhausted, away from home and bowing to the requests of others. Even though you’re the expert, you often spend your days speaking to clients who think they know best and don’t want to listen to you. So to say plenty of patience is required would be something of an understatement.

Still, if you’ve got what it takes and can put the ‘the customer is always right’
approach into practice, you’re golden. And like I said before, the satisfaction
that comes with engineering dream weddings really is amazing.

About the Author

Costea Lestoc

I began writing as a professional on my personal blog and then discovered my true calling, which is writing about technology and news in general.
I am a technical writer, author and blogger since 2005.
An industry watcher that stays on top of the latest features, extremely passionate about juicy tech news and everything related to gadgets.
For tech tips, my email address is neneacostea at gmail.

Barnsgate’s Craft Fair 2018

Barnsgate Craft Fair

We are happy to announce that the date of our next craft fair will be on the Spring Bank Holiday – Monday 28th May

The Craft Fair will again be held in our Ashdown Restaurant Suite and our Museum Barn. We are taking stall holder bookings as of today and there is limited availability. We try to keep crafts exclusive to each stall holder so if you are not able to get a stall, we are happy to put you on our waiting list. However, it may be because someone has already booked a stall doing the same craft.

As always, stall holders will have free tea & coffee available throughout the day as well as access to buy hot food and snacks. Our restaurant will also be open to browsers. We will again be opening the door for stall holders at 8 am and the doors will be open to customers from 10 am – 4 pm with free entry.

Book Your Stall

If you would like to book a stall, you can contact us through our website using this link. Or alternatively, you can call me on 01825 713 366 or email [email protected]

I look forward to hearing from you and hopefully making this the best craft fair yet!



2017 Review – Barnsgate Manor


2017 Has been another smashing year for Barnsgate Manor. We have had our ups and downs, celebrations and send-offs… but we have been introduced to many new people and changes which we believe will lead to many more changes in 2018!


Everyone loves a love story. At Barnsgate Manor we are very happy to say that we have hosted 25 different weddings last year. Each one was so unique and special in their own way. We’ve had people arriving by horse and cart and having “cheese-cakes“… It’s an event that is so special to be a part of. From the Weddingsinitial introduction right through to the first dance and beyond. The big day is special, but the excitement and the preparations play a huge part too.

It’s always lovely to hear that we’ve done well and even better to see people turn up to other events after they have had their wedding here. We’ve already taken a few bookings for this year that we are excited to work with this year’s couples on and there has been an influx of wedding inquiries over the Christmas period (very romantic! congratulations!) So we are hoping to be a part in a chapter for many more happy couple’s love stories this year!

For more information, you can visit our wedding page.

A New Website

We have updated our website! A lot of you have been putting it to good use with your bookings and inquiries and it’s nice to be able to keep all our information up-to-date and available for you to see. Obviously, we have our blog post section now so that we are able to keep you in the know about what we’ve been up to and announce any upcoming events and we also have our ever-changing restaurant menu up for you all to see.

So far we have had over 14,000 visitors since September so it’s really nice to see a good response to the website and knowing people are able to interact with it. If you do have any feedback on improvements to our website, however, we would love to hear!

Craft Fairs

Craft FairWe have had three craft fairs here last year. They had died out at Barnsgate in recent times but since 2016 we have had a bit of a “revival”. They have gone down as a smash hit with plenty of stalls and plenty of browsers! I’m glad they have made a comeback as the Ashdown and the Museum really make the perfect venue for a craft fair and they have been well received each time. We have yet to announce the dates for 2018 but we are looking forward to them being even bigger and better this year!


For those of you who join us regularly, you may be aware of our ever-changing menu and our want of trying out new recipes for you to enjoy! We have had hundreds of different plates for our guests to try. Here are some we wanted to share:

Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence

Certificate of ExcellenceWe worked very hard last year to make some changes to be the best we can be and judging by our TripAdvisor page, it looks like you appreciated it! We’re so grateful to all those of you who have joined us at Barnsgate last year and every review does make a huge amount of difference. Good reviews help us and our reptutation, negative reviews tell us what we need to fix to be better. It’s nice to see the good outweigh the bad with our Certificate of Excellence so we will continue as we are and aim to keep delivering the service you expect!


We had a very productive year last year. 2018 is already filling up with bookings so we are looking to repeat our success – if not improve upon – from last year. We all have our New Years Resolutions and things we want to achieve so let’s see if we can make 2018 the best one yet. We would love to hear about your resolutions!

If you want to join us this year for lunch or a function. You can contact us through here and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Have a very happy, successful and healthy 2018 all!

Barnsgate Vouchers


One of those fail-safe presents you can give to people time and time again. A voucher is a wonderful gift that can be used to show thought and appreciation. The bonus with a Barnsgate Voucher is that not only do they get “free money” but they also come away with a belly full of food!

What Vouchers do we do?

So we have had a lot of people asking whether or not we do vouchers over this Christmas period… and we do! We’re always happy to help out with presents!

So the next question is “what do we do vouchers for?”

The answer to that is anything! What you get is an A4 sheet of paper with what you want to give as a present. So this may be “Afternoon Tea for Two” or “Sunday Lunch for Four”. So you can pick any menu or item or alternatively, you could go for a voucher that is up to a set value, as in a voucher for £20, £30, £50 to spend at Barnsgate, if you wanted to give a bit more freedom for choice.

All our vouchers can be personalised with a message if you would like to add that extra special touch!

How Do I Buy a Voucher?

There are two ways you can purchase a voucher…

You could pop in and see us! When you arrive at the manor house, all you need to do is speak to one of the waiting staff who will take payment for the value of the voucher and let us know what needs to be printed. There may be a short wait for the voucher while we get it printed for you. So you might want to take the chance to grab a coffee.

Or you could contact us online. Just select “vouchers” from the drop-down box and let us know what you would like. You just have to make sure to leave your number. This is so that we can give you a call to take payment over the phone. Once payment has been received, we can then email it out to you with a receipt for you to print off at home.


How Long are They Valid For?

The voucher is valid for 1 year after the date of purchase. Hopefully, this should be more than enough time for the voucher to be redeemed by the grateful recipient!

Contact Us

There is our brief FAQ on our vouchers, but of course, if you do have any more questions, feel free to let me know and I will be happy to answer and hopefully update this FAQ! You can follow this link to jump straight to our query form for your voucher. There is still time to purchase them for Christmas if you wanted to give one as a present!

#ChristmasJumperDay at Barnsgate 15th December 2017


We try to do what we can for good causes at Barnsgate but there is one cause that is especially fun and festive to participate in. That would be #ChristmasJumperDay!

What is Christmas Jumper Day?

The idea is for people to donate so they can have an excuse to put on their#ChristmasJumperDay at Barnsgate 2016 most awful and outrageous Christmas jumpers on the 15th December. This is a campaign that was started by Save the Children. They help to build better lives for children in third world countries by providing medication, water, clothing and more.

Christmas is a time for coming together. We eat, we cheer and we (hopefully) get to unwrap lots and lots of presents! For those of us who are a bit older, we often look back at what Christmas was like as Children. The excitement of waking up in the morning and digging out your presents. The sad reality is, however, that not all the children in the world get to experience what we do. Each day is a fight, struggling to make it through to tomorrow. That’s not a childhood. This is why the work that Save the Children is doing is so important. Not only do they provide life-saving resources for these children but they also give hope for tomorrow.

What can you do?

Here at Barnsgate, we will be adorning our most embarrassing and disastrous Christmas Jumpers. I am a bit of a scrooge myself and so I have acquired a jumper of a pug wearing a Christmas hat. It’s captioned “bah humpug” so I’m chuffed to bits with mine and I will be putting £2 in the pot to put it on at work. If you wanted to get on board, why not join us at Barnsgate wearing your own whacky winter wear and donate a couple of quid to do so? Even if it’s just to pop down for some coffee!

The Christmas Jumper team have come up with lots of other ways to make money for Save the Children too. You could host a Make & Bake sale, a naff raffle with funny, yet useless, Christmas prizes or they have office sweepstake posters. It is well worth a visit to their website,, if you are looking for some great ideas to do your part.

Fancy a laugh at the expense of us wearing our Christmas Jumpers? Why not book a table for the 15th! It is easier than ever now that you can book online.

If you are doing something for charity, we would love to hear about your experiences in the comments below!



The Barnsgate Christmas Craft Fair

Christmas Craft Fair

Sunday 5th November – Barnsgate Christmas Craft Fair

The year seems to have flown by in the blink of an eye yet again. People have already started preparing for Christmas which is why we have our Christmas Craft Fair at the end of this week!

It is going to be a golden opportunity to pick up some wonderful, hand-made gifts. Crafters are coming from all over to showcase their creativity and offer you a chance to buy some of their exclusive gifts. Here are some of the crafts you can expect to find:

  • Different types of Jewellery
  • Embroideries
  • Gift Trugs and Sussex Produce
  • Knitted Toys
  • Soaps
  • Candles
  • Scarves
  • Glassware
  • Blacksmithing Products
  • Wooden Toys and Decorations
  • Canvas Prints
  • Spa Products and Home Fragrance
  • Sweets, Cupcakes, Jams, Jellies, Chutneys
  • Stoneware
  • Eco-Friendly Products

That’s to name just a few items! There really is going to be something for everyone. The Craft Fair is free all day long. The doors open from 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday 5th November so why not pop down and have a browse? Our Manor House Restaurant will be open for Lunch as usual so you can really make a day of it. Let’s give ourselves a bit of a headstart when it comes to Christmas Pressies!


NSPCC Autumn Craft Fair at Barnsgate

NSPCC Craft Fair

If you have been to Barnsgate recently or even passed by, you may have seen some banners advertising the NSPCC Craft Fair coming up on the 4th.

The annual craft fair has become somewhat of a tradition here at Barnsgate and it gets better and better every year. It is an ideal opportunity to pick up some early Christmas Presents and support the fantastic work of the NSPCC.

The NSPCC is the leading Charity that fights to prevent child abuse in the UK. They help children that have been abused and guide them to rebuild their lives. They protect children in the midst of abuse and are constantly searching for ways to put an end to abuse once and for all.

It is very sad to think that abuse still happens today, which is why we need to find ways to support causes such as the NSPCC. Whether it is a simple donation, campaigning or taking part in one of their many events. It all helps to create a brighter future for these children.

The NSPCC Craft Fair

So why not come and join us at the NSPCC Craft Fair on the 4th? Entrance is £2.50 towards the work of the NSPCC. Refreshments are available and there is also the annual raffle with some amazing prizes up for grabs! The doors open from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm and the craft fair is taking place in our Ashdown Suite and Historic Museum Barn.

If you could, we would appreciate you sharing this post with your friends. Even if you won’t be able to attend, by spreading the word we can hopefully make this the best and most successful craft fair yet! We appreciate your support.


#NationalCupcakeWeek – Barnsgate’s Chocolate Buttercream Rose Cupcakes


Our star-baker this week has put together these vanilla cupcakes for #NationalCupcakeWeek. They are topped with a chocolate buttercream rose sprinkled with edible gold glitter at our very own Barnsgate Bake-off. The recipe is adaptable to have any flavourings or colours that you would like to feature. Here is our recipe:

Makes 24
Preparation: 20 minutes
Baking time: 20-25 minutes


  • 200g (7oz) plain flour, sifted
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 200g (7oz) caster sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 100g (3½ oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 150ml (5fl oz) milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the icing:

  • 200g (7oz) icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g (3½ oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tbsps Cocoa Powder


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350 °F/ Gas 4).
    Place the first 5 ingredients into a bowl.
  2. Mix together with your fingertips until it resembles
    fine breadcrumbs.
  3. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, milk and vanilla extract
    together until well blended.
  4. Slowly pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients,
    whisking all the time.
  5. Whisk gently until smooth, being careful not to over-mix.
    Too much beating toughens cakes.
  6. Pour all the cake batter into a jug to make it easier to
  7. Place the cupcake paper cases into the holes in the
    cupcake trays.
  8. Carefully pour the cake mixture into the papers,
    filling each one only half full.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes
    until springy to the touch.
  10. Leave the cupcakes for a few minutes, then
    transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the icing

  1. Combine the icing sugar, vanilla extract, butter
    and cocoa powder in a bowl.
  2. Beat with a whisk until very light and fluffy.
  3. Check the cakes have completely cooled, or they
    will melt the frosting.
  4. Transfer your icing mixture into a piping bag.
  5. Pipe onto the cupcakes by holding the cupcake in
    one hand and squeezing the bag with the other.
  6. Pipe from the centre to the outer edge carefully.
  7. (optional) Sprinkle with edible gold glitter

    The cakes will keep in an airtight container for 3 days.     

We Recommend this piping bag kit to decorate your cakes with. It contains plenty of different nozzles for you to experiment with and make your creation your own! Available with next day delivery on prime.

Cake Decorating Set, Invool 32 Stainless Steel Piping Icing Nozzles Tips Kit with 2 Reusable Piping Bags,2 Coupler,2 Flower Nails and Storage Case for Cakes Cupcakes Cookies Pastry (38 Piece)


Barnsgate Christmas Party Nights

Christmas Party Nights have been a tradition here at Barnsgate for many years now. People arrange to join us as family groups or for staff parties for a night of fun, food and festivities.

The Christmas Party nights are on Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights in the build-up to Christmas. Each night starts at 7 pm and includes a three-course meal, crackers, novelties, magic and a disco as well as a photobooth on Friday and Saturday nights.

The Menu for this year is as follows:


Cream of Leek & Sweet Potato Soup with Herb Croutons (V)

Spicy Vegetable Samosas with Mango Chutney (V)

Smoked Salmon & Tiger Prawn Salad with Lemon Mayonnaise

Chicken Liver Pâté Wrapped in Parma Ham with Red Onion Chutney & Melba Toast

Crab Tartlet with Watercress Salad & Lime Dressing

Melon, Clementine & Pomegranate Cocktail (V)

Main Courses

Traditional Roast Sussex Turkey With Stuffing & Chipolata Wrapped in Bacon

Slow-Braised Game in Red Wine Topped with Puff Pastry

Grilled Sea Bass Fillet with Brown Shrimp Butter

Baked Salmon Steak with a Herb & Lemon Crust with Parsley & Lemon Butter Sauce

Red Onion & Goats Cheese Tart with Pear Chutney (V)

Aubergine with Roasted Vegetables & Chickpeas with Spicy Tomato Compote (Vegan)


Homemade Christmas Pudding with Rum Sauce

Spiced Winter Fruit Salad with Cranberry Syrup & Clotted Cream

Lemon Meringue Roulade with Raspberry Coulis

White, Milk & Dark Chocolate Mousse Gateaux

Selection of Local Cheeses with Celery, Grapes & Biscuits

Fresh Filter Coffee Or Tea

Booking Your Christmas Party Night

We provide a booking form for guests to fill out their choices so the food is delivered quickly and hassle-free.

Spaces are becoming limited very quickly. If you would like to join us for a Christmas Party Night, visit the Contact Us page to get in touch and reserve your space.

Let’s make it a night to remember!

Wedding Photographs – Shepherd Photography


The wedding day included a three-course meal, a “Cheesecake”, a string quartet, floral arrangements and lots more. All fantastically captured by the photographers.

Technology has even taken photography a step further with aerial shots from a drone. I imagine it is pretty nerve-wracking from the photographers perspective to fly hundreds of pounds worth of kit up into the air! However, the images came out brilliantly and we have shared a few shots from the drone above.

Get in Touch for your Wedding

If you would like to get in touch with Shepherd Photography, you can get in touch with them through the links below.

And of course, we wish Jessica and Thomas a lifetime of love and happiness together. Congratulations to you both!

A Sad Farewell to the Barnsgate Llamas

The Llamas have been with us since the very beginning. They were a temperamental bunch to begin with and they ended up at Barnsgate because they were not very well behaved at the llama park. Over the years, however, they had grown to be a charismatic and charming group. Content with their peaceful life and their bowls of llama mix.

We know many of you will be just as sad to see them go as we are. They enjoyed their fair share of fame here at Barnsgate. However, an opportunity arose for the llamas to make a new home at Reading University. There, they will be looked after by experts and are available to donate their blood plasma to give sickly, newborn llamas a better first start in life.

It’s a really good cause they will be contributing to and we have heard that they have settled in just fine in their cosy new field. We will surely miss them, we have been with them through thick and thin but it’s comforting to know they have gone somewhere that they will be looked after, loved and appreciated.

So goodbye to Kronk, Spit, Patrick, Fitch, Tina, Bright Eyes, Ian and Croft and good luck at Uni!

Afternoon Tea at Barnsgate

Afternoon Tea Selection


Afternoon Tea is a famous British tradition known the world over. People stop to enjoy a pot of tea with cakes and sandwiches to tide them over from lunchtime to dinner time. The tradition was actually started in the 19th century when the Duchess of Bedford realised she would always be hungry around 4 in the afternoon. So she would enjoy some bread with a pot of tea and a selection of cakes to see her through to her 8 o’clock meal. Soon after this became a habit, she began to invite guests over to join her for her afternoon selection and word spread across high society… Soon enough it became a habit for many! So it still continues today…

All across the country, different county’s boast their afternoon tea excellence. We’re guilty as charged at Barnsgate! We serve afternoon teas daily to our guests for them to enjoy on the terrace overlooking the South Downs. Everything is freshly homemade and couldn’t possibly leave you wanting for more (it is, however, part of the tradition to leave something from your selection but take that as you will!)

Booking your Afternoon Tea

Pre-booking is essential when it comes to our Afternoon Teas as everything is made to order. Each costs £14 per person and consists of mixed fruit and plain mini-scones, jam and clotted cream, a selection of sandwiches and cocktail cakes as well as a pot of tea or coffee.

It is great fun and a wonderful, social tradition to enjoy an afternoon tea. We’re proud to be keeping that alive at Barnsgate. If you would like to book, please contact us at least a couple of days in advance through our contact page. My advice? Try it while the sun is still shining! The view of the South Downs is breathtaking at the moment. It’s best to enjoy it on the terrace before winter comes racing around the corner!

Have you had an afternoon tea with us recently? We would love to hear your feedback!


Lemon & Herb Chicken Marinade Recipe

Marinade Recipe

Our Recipe

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  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Garlic
  • Coriander
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Purple Shiso (Optional for colour)

Making a marinade is a very simple, but a worthwhile step to take when preparing drumsticks. You can either:

  1. Put the herbs and the garlic into a blender and add your lemon juice before blitzing it together.
  2. Finely chop your ingredients and put them in a bowl. Then add your lemon juice.

We use a small blender that makes light work of chopping our ingredients for ease and time.

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When you have your marinade, put your drumsticks in a large bowl altogether and add your marinade. You want to mix them well so each drumstick is coated in the mix.

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When you are satisfied that everything has been mixed well, cling-film the bowl and refrigerate your drumsticks for the night. Leaving them to sit will allow all the flavours to be absorbed into the drumsticks with time.

It is as simple as that. Take them out, cook them as you usually would and enjoy! Our drumsticks went down a treat with our guests who recently enjoyed a buffet with us. Of course, you can mix and match flavours to whatever your preference would be. We have tried a chilli and ginger mix as well for those who enjoy a bit of heat. What did you think of our recipe? Do you have your own marinade recipes you would like to share? We would love to hear your thoughts!

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To book your buffet with us, you can reach us on 01825 713366 or send us your details through our contact page.


Sweet or Savoury? A Wedding “Cheese”Cake


For many people, when it comes to deciding on a wedding cake, “sweet or savoury” never even comes into the equation. It would appear, however, that there is a new trend on the rise for those with less of a sweet-tooth.

“Cheese-cakes” appear to be bursting onto the scene. If you are out for a meal and you choose to skip dessert and head straight for the Cheeseboard, why should your wedding be any different if cheese is what you love?

This particular cheese-cake was made up of Sussex Farmhouse, Sussex Blue, Sussex Brie, Organic Cheddar, Lord London and Mayfield Cheese’s and was garnished with physalis, figs, green and red grapes and some of our very own fresh, organic, grapevine leaves.

Alongside it was a blackboard that read:

“Sweet Dreams are Made of Cheese, Who am I to Dis-a-Brie? I Cheddar the World and the Feta Cheese, Everybody’s looking for Stilton.

Please help yourselves to our cheeseboard!

-Tom & Jess”

It was a lot of fun and an interesting, unique alternative to the traditional wedding cake. It looked excellent! We hope that Tom and Jess had the most wonderful day yesterday. We wish them many happy and exciting years to come!

Get in Touch

If you would be interested in discussing your wedding ideas at our venue, please do feel free to get in touch with us through our contact page



Strawberry Rose Meltaways and Rosewater Meringue Kisses – Two Great Recipes as a Gift Idea


Recently, I have very much enjoyed reading and sharing Country Hill Cottage’s (@CHCottage) tweets. They share beautifully creative recipes along with tips and tricks to become better at cooking, baking, cake decorating, flower arranging, crafting and more. I recently caught wind of their summer collaboration with Meadow Brown Bakery (@meadowbrownbake) for a Raspberry Rose inspired theme. The product of which were these two recipes I wanted to share with you. They make a great gift idea and they come with their very own free printable gift box! The link to which can be found here:

Strawberry Rose Meltaways

“Just as the name suggests, our strawberry rose meltaways have a delicate, melt-in-your mouth texture. These biscuits are made with dried rose petals, and filled with an airy strawberry and rosewater buttercream making them irresistible and full of flavour!” 


For the biscuits
230 g (1 cup / 2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tsp rose water
125 g (1 cup) all-purpose flour plus some extra
110 g (1 cup) cornflour (cornstarch)
60 g (1/2 cup) powdered (icing/confectioner’s) sugar

For the buttercream
10 g freezed-dried strawberries
80 g unsalted butter, softened
120 g powdered sugar
1 – 2 tbsp rose water

For the decoration
60 g (2 oz) milk chocolate, melted
dried rose petals


kitchen scale or measuring cups and spoons
blender or food processor
handheld mixer with whisk attachments
large mixing bowls
large metal spoon
rubber spatula
clingfilm (plastic/saran wrap)
rolling pin
round cookie cutter (4 cm/ 1.5 in)
silicone or non-stick baking mat
baking tray (sheet)

Rosewater Meringue Kisses

“This is a collaboration video with the lovely ladies at Country Hill Cottage for their raspberry rose inspired theme. 

I will show you how to bake these pretty beautiful rosewater flavoured meringue cookies called meringue kisses. I sandwiched the Rosewater flavoured meringue kisses with rosewater flavoured Swiss meringue buttercream.”


  • 100 grams caster sugar
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons rosewater
  • pinch of salt
  • culinary rose petals (optional)
  • rose pink food colouring (optional)


  • Pre-heat your oven to 95 Celsius and prepare 3 baking trays with baking paper and put them to one side
    Add you egg whites in a large bowl and start whisking them with a a hand whisk or electric whisk until soft peaks start to appear
  • Then add your sugar a tablespoon at a time and whisk well until sugar is well mixed and the meringue is nice and glossy
  • Finally add in your rosewater and salt and whisk
  • If you are using rose petals you can fold them in or reserve them to sprinkle on top of the meringues when piped.
  • Get a piping bag fitted with a small star nozzle and use a paint brush to paint inside and then spoon your meringue mixture inside.
  • Start piping your meringues onto the prepared baking trays and then you will notice they have two colours. You can sprinkle some rose petals on top too if you wish.
  • Put them in the oven and bake for 1hour 30 minutes and then turn of the oven and leave them in there to cool completely.
  • When they are cooled, remove them from the oven and remove them from the baking paper and sandwich them with this Swiss meringue buttercream or leave them like that.
  • Only sandwich them when you want to eat them because they will go soft and chewy but they can stay hard for a few days without being sandwiched.
  • Serve sprinkled with rose petals (optional)

I highly recommend following both Country Hill Cottage and Meadow Brown Bakery on Twitter. They share great content every day and some stunning recipes. Let us know if you do have a go at either of these fantastic recipes!


Cajun Blackened Salmon – Tasty


Here is what you’ll need!

Cajun Blackened Salmon with Avocado and Mango Salsa
Servings: 4


Cajun Spice Rub
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon thyme
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

4 salmon fillets
1 tablespoon olive oil

Avocado and Mango Salsa
1 mango, diced
2 avocados, diced
1 red onion, finely diced
25 grams, parsley
1 red chilli, finely diced
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lime juice


1. In a small bowl, combine all the Cajun spice rub ingredients and stir.
2. Place the salmon fillets on a cutting board and rub the olive oil over all sides of the salmon filets.
3. Sprinkle the spice rub over the salmon, using your hands to ensure all sides are covered.
4. Cook on a BBQ over a medium to high heat for 2 minutes per side. The outside should start to blacken and crisp, leaving the salmon juicy inside.
5. Once the salmon is cooked set aside.
6. To a large bowl, add all of the salsa ingredients and stir well.
7. Serve the salmon with an extra sprinkling of parsley alongside the salsa, and enjoy!

For more brilliant recipes, the Proper Tasty Cookbook is available on amazon. With 144 pages of great tasting recipes, you are sure to find some inspiration for brilliant meals.


The Substitutes for Your Dietary Requirements You Might Not Know About

dietary requirements

Coeliac Disease

Coeliac Disease is caused when your immune system reacts to gluten and leads to damage to the lining of your gut. According to, the only cure for Coeliac Disease is to remove gluten from your diet completely to allow the lining in your gut time to heal.

Gluten can be found in wheat, rye and barley… Which is not easy news to swallow! Suddenly you remember that gluten is in your sandwich, your cakes, beer and a whole host of other food and drink items that you used to enjoy.

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However! Light is just around the corner. There are a few products that substitute gluten products rather well. Four common flours can be used to replace wheat and gluten:

  • Rice flour.
  • Potato flour.
  • Cornstarch.
  • Tapioca starch.

Each have their different associated benefits but that quickly relieves the stress of “How am I going to bake my cakes now?”

With these substitutes known, supermarkets have quickly capitalised on the growing number of people who are following the gluten-free diet and you can find a number of your old favourites in the “free from” aisle. Including gluten-free bread!

Even some beers have replaced the gluten in their brews with different cereals such as millet, rice, sorghum, buckwheat and corn. Check out the 10 best gluten-free beers as published by the Independent.

Dairy- Free

You may or may not have chosen to become dairy free. For some people, the proteins in dairy can cause bloating or eczema which would mean you have an allergy to dairy products. Others might choose to go dairy-free for a cause. Vegans choose to not eat dairy because of the cruel ways the vast majority of manufacturers of dairy products treat their animals.

So to be dairy free would mean to cut out cheese, milk, butter, ice-cream and chocolate surely…

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The first item that comes to mind when people mention a dairy-free lifestyle is milk. Thankfully, you can also buy coconut, almond, soya and rice milk to replace your dairy milk. However, these options may not be to everyone’s tastes. Muufri is a company working on producing a synthetic milk from bio-engineered yeast that will taste exactly the same. You can find out more about their work from this article:

(and to all those who want to see an end to animals as food, there is also work underway for synthetic meats also! Who could argue with that! See this FAQ from

Of course, with these alternatives, it is possible to re-create an array of dairy-free foods. Check out to find all your alternatives to dairy products.


Diabetes is a lifelong health condition that occurs when there isn’t enough insulin, or if the insulin in your body isn’t working properly to break down any glucose products you may have consumed (Type-2 diabetes). In some people, there is no insulin at all to help break down glucose (Type-1 diabetes). This can, in turn, lead to very serious health problems due to the high blood-glucose levels.


Glucose is a sugar that is found in many different food products including carbohydrates. You may know that sugar is a particularly (if not “most”) difficult product to remove from your diet. It’s also something that shouldn’t be removed from your diet. The key is to eat a healthy, balanced diet. This article from Diabetes UK will help you decipher what and how to eat properly

That said, sweeteners are playing a big role in helping to keep blood sugar levels in check and can be substituted in the place of sugar in many of your recipes. There have been health concerns about sweeteners in relation to the stimulating effect on appetite which can be tied to weight-gain and obesity. But they have been approved as safe by the NHS and as an added benefit; xylitol, sorbitol and sucralose have health claims that are beneficial to oral health as opposed to sugar. You can find more information on the NHS Standpoint on Sweeteners here.

Another great post you should look at from goes into detail about alternative sweeteners that you could substitute into your diet. Due to the health concerns on sweeteners, they have provided this post to showcase the alternatives and point out some of the health benefits associated with using them. You can find their post here:

The 2 Healthiest Sweeteners to Replace Sugar and Aspartame

Barnsgate Manor and Dietary Requirements

With prior warning of your dietary requirements and concerns, we take every measure to make sure we can find an appropriate substitute for your meal. We have gDSC_01luten-free rolls and scones, dairy-free cream and even a gluten and dairy free chocolate cake that has been receiving rave reviews recently! Having a dietary requirement doesn’t mean you have to cut out your favourite foods from your diet. It just means with careful planning and the right substitutes, you can enjoy them in a different and healthier way. Contact us to see how we can cater for your requirements.Contact us to see how we can cater for your requirements.

What do you substitute into your diet? Have any recipes you would like to share? We would love to hear from you in the comments!


Grilled Corn 4 Ways – Tasty Channel

Source: Tasty Channel

Tired of the same old corn on the cob? well, try one of our four favourite flavours this summer on the grill for your next BBQ!

Here is what you’ll need!

Grilled Corn 4 Ways


4 ears of corn
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
4 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
½ cup grated Parmesan


1. Preheat a grill or grill plate to medium heat.
2. Drizzle the corn with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mix to ensure all the ears are evenly coated.
3. Place the corn on the grill. Close the lid to keep the temperature high, and let the corn cook for about 15 minutes per side, or until slightly charred on all sides.
4. Remove the corn from the heat and set aside.
5. Place the garlic and butter in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute, or until melted.
6. Brush the garlic butter on the corn.
7. Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese.
8. Enjoy!

Cotija Chili Lime Grilled Corn
Servings: 4


4 ears of corn
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
1 tablespoons chili powder
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ cup mayonnaise
Juice of 1 lime
½ cup Cotija cheese


1. Preheat a grill or grill plate to medium heat.
2. Drizzle the corn with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mix to ensure all the ears are evenly coated.
3. Place the corn on the grill. Close the lid to keep the temperature high, and let the corn cook for about 15 minutes per side, or until slightly charred on all sides.
4. Remove the corn from the heat and set aside.
5. Mix the lime juice and mayo together in a bowl, and spread or drizzle on the ears of corn.
6. Mix the chili powder and cayenne together, and sprinkle over the corn.
7. Top the corn with Cotija cheese.
8. Enjoy!

Sriracha Sesame Grilled Corn
Servings: 4


4 ears of corn
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
½ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoons Sriracha sauce
¼ cup scallions, sliced
1 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds


1. Preheat a grill or grill plate to medium heat.
2. Drizzle the corn with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mix to ensure all the ears are evenly coated.
3. Place the corn on the grill. Close the lid to keep the temperature high, and let the corn cook for about 15 minutes per side, or until slightly charred on all sides.
4. Remove the corn from the heat and set aside.
5. Mix the mayonnaise and Sriracha together, and then spread or drizzle onto the corn.
6. Sprinkle the corn with sliced scallions and toasted sesame seeds.
7. Enjoy!

Honey Herb Grilled Corn
Servings: 4


4 ears of corn
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt, to taste
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons chives, minced
2 tablespoons parsley, minced
2 tablespoons thyme, minced


1. Preheat a grill or grill plate to medium heat.
2. Drizzle the corn with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mix to ensure all the ears are evenly coated.
3. Place the corn on the grill. Close the lid to keep the temperature high, and let the corn cook for about 15 minutes per side, or until slightly charred on all sides.
4. Remove the corn from the heat and set aside.
5. Brush melted butter on the corn.
6. Drizzle the corn with honey.
7. Sprinkle the corn with a mixture of the chives, parsley, and thyme.
8. Enjoy!

#NationalCreamTeaDay at Barnsgate Manor

Cream Tea

Our outside terrace and views of the South Downs make for an excellent spot to have a cream tea. Not only that but our cream teas are talked about just as much as our views! They have developed quite the reputation. However, when it comes to cream or jam first, that’s not something we like to get involved in!

There has been a very heated discussion on Twitter today with regards to the proper order. You may be interested to know, there isn’t actually a proven, definitive method to preparing your scones (although there are those who would argue the case until the very end!).

As I say, we don’t like to interfere with how you prepare your scones. What we do, however, is offer you a choice of fruit, cheese, plain or gluten free scones with lashings of Rodda’s Clotted cream and Tiptree Jam on the side so you can prepare your perfect scone  just how you want.

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For your consideration, here is our Tea Room Menu:

All prices quoted are per person

Coffee & Selection Of Biscuits £3.00

Cream Tea (One Scone, Jam & Clotted Cream, Pot Of Tea) £4.50

Cream Tea (Two Scones, Jam & Clotted Cream, Pot Of Tea) £5.95

Cream Tea & Cake (Scones, Jam & Cream, Slice of cake, Tea) £8.35

Cream Tea & Sandwiches (Scones, Jam & Cream, Sandwiches, Tea) £9.50

Afternoon Tea (Mini Scones, Jam & Clotted Cream, Sandwiches, Cocktail Cakes, Pot Of Tea) £12.50

If you would like to book for a cream tea, you can do so through our online form.

As it stands on Twitter, 59% of people choose jam first and 41% believe cream should be first. What’s your standpoint on this highly controversial matter?


Barnsgate’s Famous Steak & Kidney Pie


It has been our number 1 best seller at the Barnsgate Manor House Restaurant and takes pride of place at the top of our main course menu each month. With each steak and kidney pie, you are offered a choice of mash, new potatoes, our (also famous and back by popular demand) chunky chips or sauté potatoes served with a selection of fresh market vegetables.

If you haven’t tried it before, I personally, highly recommend it. It tastes fantastic and there is no fear of an empty belly afterwards! Of course, steak and kidney pie is not to everyone’s tastes. Other meals that we prepared a lot of today were grilled seabass and turkey mince lasagne. All of which also received wonderful feedback.

Book Now

We strive for excellent tasting food each and every day, which we believe our TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence demonstrates perfectly. Why not book a table with us this weekend and try one of our meals? We have a booking form online to make life that little bit easier. See what you think and we would love to hear your reviews!

Lola the VW Campervan

Wedding Ideas

Struggling for wedding ideas and inspiration? You may remember I mentioned in my Top Ten Ways to Arrive In Style On Your Wedding Day post that I suggested a campervan would be a very stylish and impressive way to arrive.

Roll on Lola the VW Campervan…

I saw Lola park up yesterday at Barnsgate through my office window carrying the bride and groom. Not only is Lola a means of getting to and from the venue.  She also doubles up as a photo booth for everyone throughout the event. It’s such a great touch to add to a wedding day. It is one of the most memorable days in every couple’s lives. It is these little touches that make all the difference. I’m sure the bride, groom and all the guests had great fun seeing Lola arrive yesterday. I know it brought a smile to my face!

Get in Touch

You can get in touch with Mike (Lola’s owner/business partner) through his website or Facebook page if you would like to consider them for your wedding day. You will be able to find most of the details you would need on their website:

If you would like more information regarding Barnsgate Manor as a wedding venue, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence

Certificate of Excellence

Now in its seventh year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include restaurants, accommodations and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

TripAdvisor is excited to announce the recipients of the 2017 Certificate of Excellence, which celebrates hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travellers”, said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition allows us to publicly honour businesses that are actively engaging with customers and using feedback to help travellers identify and confidently book the perfect trip.”

We are truly thrilled to have received this award. It is thanks to our customers that we have come to bear this mark of recognition.  We want to thank you very much for your business and for your kind words.

If you haven’t yet left a TripAdvisor review. We would really appreciate your help. As a local, independent business, every review counts to help us be the best that we can be. You can follow this link to reach our TripAdvisor page:

Book a Table with Us

If you haven’t yet joined us for a meal, why not book a table? The process is easy through our website so why not come and see what makes us so special? We would love to hear your thoughts too!

CameraOn Wedding Videography

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Wedding photos are a necessity on every wedding day. The special moments need to be captured to look back at throughout the rest of your lives together but what about a wedding video?

Having a video made of your wedding day brings it all back so vividly. Truly allowing you to relive the whole experience time and time again. That is what Cameron at CameraOn Weddings specialises in.

Cameron will spend the day with you, documenting every heart-warming moment before heading to the lab and carefully putting the video together piece by piece. Although the video above is but just a snippet, he does provide full-length videos also.

Emma and Aaron’s wedding day was truly a day to remember. But having this video will take them back in time and they will, without a doubt, treasure this footage forever.

Get in Touch

You can get in touch with CameraOn Weddings either through their website or through their Facebook page at to book him for your Wedding day.

Did you like the look of the venue in the video? Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding our weddings. We would be delighted to discuss your requirements and send you some of our brochures.

How to Make The Perfect Pimms

Essentially, you are looking for a ratio of one part Pimms to three parts lemonade. From there you are looking to add a mixture of the fruit of your choice with some fresh mint leaves and chopped cucumber. Make sure to chop your fruit as this will help to release the flavours into the Pimms and Lemonade.

Whether you are filling a glass or a pitcher, fill it with ice first and foremost. Then add your fruit, cucumber and mint, followed by your measurement of Pimms and top with lemonade and that will give you your standard brew! Simple really, here is one of Barnsgates examples:

  • Measurement of Pimms
  • Lemonade
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Cucumber
  • Fresh Mint

There is plenty more to experiment with however. A famous example is to replace the lemonade with champagne. Known as a “Pimms Royale”. You could also replace lemonade with any other fizzy drink you might like to try.

You could try substituting mint for other herbs such as basil or thyme

Or you could even try freezing it to make Ice Lollies!

Share your Thoughts

Half of the enjoyment of this zesty drink is being creative and coming up with the perfect concoction to “Wow” your guests. We would love for you to share your experiments. What fruits did you use? Was there an interesting twist to your recipe? Share your thoughts with us below!