#NationalCupcakeWeek – Barnsgate’s Chocolate Buttercream Rose Cupcakes

#NationalCupcakeWeek

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Method

  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
    handle.
  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)

 

Wedding Photographs – Shepherd Photography

Wedding

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.

http://www.nshepherdphotography.com/

https://www.facebook.com/NShepherdPhotography

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

History

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 £12.50 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!

Sources:

http://www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/Afternoon-Tea/

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 coeliac.org.uk, 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:

http://labiotech.eu/muufri-vegan-milk-synbio-startup/

(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 new-harvest.org)

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

Diabetes

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.

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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

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!

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#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

Restaurant

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!

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:

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g190766-d3929348-Reviews-Barnsgate_Manor-Uckfield_East_Sussex_England.html

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!

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!

Poundgate – The Ashdown Forest On Barnsgate’s Doorstep

The trail around Poundgate is one of those walks and it is right on Barnsgate’s doorstep. I mentioned a little bit about the history of Barnsgate in my last post. I talked about how the Ashdown Forest was almost exclusively for members of the Royal Family as a hunting ground. However, the common folk were allowed to let their livestock graze on the land permitting they entered the forest through one of its 32 Gates and Hatches. One would assume that the name “Poundgate” was derived from this history as a name the common folk had given this particular Gate.

The walk itself is through mostly dense woods with but a few clearings. It can be as long or as short a walk as you wish to make it, with paths darting off in every direction taking you to a different part of the woodland yet to be explored.

When you reach the clearing, you will be able to see in the distance, Kings Standing Clump which is another fantastic walk altogether with the most brilliant views. You would have to cross the road but, of course, there is a path that will also take you to that part of the forest.

As you reach the side closest to Barnsgate, you are likely to notice a field through the trees. If you carry on along that fenceline you will notice a gap in the trees that gives you the full view of our Llama field. I managed to capture a picture of two of our Llamas today! (Ian and Kronk pictured below!).

Here are some of the pictures I got of my walk around Poundgate:

As I mentioned before, the walk can be as long or as short as you make it. It’s a perfect route to take the kids and the dog with so much to be seen. Although it is blissfully quiet, it almost seems a shame that a lot of people have not yet ventured to this side of the forest. We have a huge car park available right next to the gate so come along, bring the kids, and you are more than welcome to join us for a drink and something to eat afterwards! Let us know if you do explore this part of the forest. We would love for you to share your pictures!

Poundgate Walk

A Brief History of Barnsgate Manor

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Barnsgate Manor house has been around for 500 years. The Ashdown Forest used to be a Royal Hunting Ground and home to deer which could only be hunted by members of the Royal Family. In order to keep the deer in, the Ashdown Forest was surrounded by a ditch and bank (the soil from the ditch used to make up the bank)220px-Ashdown_Forest_from_Standen that was called “The Pale”. The “common” people were allowed to let their animals graze on the forest, but could only gain entry via one of 32 Gates and Hatches that made up the Old Forest Pale. Originally, Barnsgate was one of the Gates onto the Ashdown Forest. It was also a farm.

In the 1970s the German, family-run, Wine Company PIEROTH utilised the site as an outlet for their wines.

The current owner purchased the vineyard in 1989 as a retirement venue. Barnsgate Manor is a venue steeped in history providing jobs and experience to members of the local communities and serving our customer’s great food in a splendid setting.

You can book a table at our manor house restaurant through this link

The Barnsgate Llamas

I’m talking about the Barnsgate Llamas! You may or may not have known that we have eight llamas all residing in comfort at the top of our drive, but as of late they have been making themselves known by bounding majestically to the fence line to greet random passers-by.

Kronk the Barnsgate Llama

You may catch one of our majestic, fluffy friends galloping full pelt to the top of our grass mound with their head flailing all over the place… just so that they can have their picture taken.

They truly are living the high life. They have everything they could want with two different types of highly nutritional llama food with lashings of syrup, fresh vegetable trimmings from the kitchen, they even have a paddling pool for those days when the weather is hot and a llama has to cool themselves down.

It may surprise you to know, Barnsgate Manor has always had llamas. Even from the beginning over 25 years ago. With access to three different paddocks, the llamas have always been hard to spot. However, since the new shelter has been finished, the llamas have very much enjoyed the warmth that it provides and have made themselves at home in the first paddock.

Why not come and say hello? Their names are Kronk, Spit, Ian, Patrick, Bright Eyes, Tina, Fitch and Llama Croft. (All appropriately named by the kitchen staff that keep them fed up with veggies!) . See if you can guess who is who! It won’t cost you anything and the restaurant will be available for you to grab a bite to eat while you’re there!