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!
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
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
Preheat the oven to 180°C (350 °F/ Gas 4). Place the first 5 ingredients into a bowl.
Mix together with your fingertips until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
In another bowl, whisk the eggs, milk and vanilla extract together until well blended.
Slowly pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients, whisking all the time.
Whisk gently until smooth, being careful not to over-mix. Too much beating toughens cakes.
Pour all the cake batter into a jug to make it easier to handle.
Place the cupcake paper cases into the holes in the cupcake trays.
Carefully pour the cake mixture into the papers, filling each one only half full.
Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until springy to the touch.
Leave the cupcakes for a few minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
To make the icing
Combine the icing sugar, vanilla extract, butter and cocoa powder in a bowl.
Beat with a whisk until very light and fluffy.
Check the cakes have completely cooled, or they will melt the frosting.
Pipe onto the cupcakes by holding the cupcake in one hand and squeezing the bag with the other.
Pipe from the centre to the outer edge carefully.
(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.
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)
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.
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.
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!
Making a marinade is a very simple, but a worthwhile step to take when preparing drumsticks. You can either:
Put the herbs and the garlic into a blender and add your lemon juice before blitzing it together.
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.
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.
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!
To book your buffet with us, you can reach us on 01825 713366 or send us your details through our contact page.
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! Credits: https://www.buzzfeed.com/bfmp/videos/…
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.
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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:
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.
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.
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
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!
Do you ever “smack” your food? You can tenderize meat or massage greens but I never imagined myself “smacking” a cucumber. Yes, in this recipe you use a blade of a cleaver or a rolling pin and smack a whole cucumber hard a few times. This encourages the cucumber to loosen its flesh and absorb the flavors of […]
You don’t need to carrot all about eating half this cake – its made with all real, whole ingredients, refined-sugar free (and low sugar), ans has a ton of healthy nutrients from superfoods like oats, Greek yogurt, and CARROTS, of course! I did not expect the outpouring of messages I got when I posted a […]
“Chicken Peri Peri (or Piri Piri) is an African barbeque chicken recipe introduced in Africa by the Portuguese. It derives its name from the Peri Peri sauce.
1 kg Chicken 100 ml Extra Virgin olive oil 10 – 13 garlic cloves 5 ripe serrano chillies 10- 12 African devil red chillies 3 Bay leaves 1 tsp smoked paprika Sea salt as required 1 lemon juice Parsley 3-4 charcoal chunks 1 tbsp oil
The Sauce:- Take the devil red chillies, serrano chillies, bay leaves, garlic cloves, sea salt, extra virgin olive oil, smoked paprika and lemon juice in a grinder and make a fine paste.
The Marination:- Cut the chicken into 8 pieces after removing the fat. Add the peri peri sauce to the chicken pieces and mix it properly.
Smoke Infusion:- Take a few pieces of wood charcoal and place them on the gas burner and heat them till they are red. Take the burning charcoal pieces in a small bowl aand keep the bowl in the bowl of marinated chicken pieces. Pour some olive oil on the charcoals and as soon as they start emitting smoke cover the marination bowl with a lid. Let it smoke for 30 minutes.
The Barbeque:- Heat a pan on moderate flame. Place the pieces of the marinated chicken in the pan and heat till brown. Take some fresh parsley leaves and dab them in the marinade. Baste the pieces of chicken with the marinade. Keep turning the pieces of the chicken and make sure they are brown on all sides.
Turn off the flame and Chicken Peri Peri is ready to serve.”
A recipe for munching and brunching today… Shakshouka is a dish that has recently found fame on instagram – it is posted almost as frequently as the perennial avocado toast and you are unlikely to scroll down your feed on a Sunday (brunching day) without it popping up. The recipe originates from the middle east […]
Lens has been previously used to identify different objects. You take a picture through the Pinterest app and it will try to identify this object and link to relevant information. One of the most popular searches/categories on Pinterest is “Food” With thousands of food bloggers sharing their recipes and showcasing their culinary works. So, of course, Lens had to be adapted to accommodate this huge group of people.
Say you have a plate of food in front of you. Simply snap a picture of it and Pinterest will again, try to identify this dish and also provide you with relevant recipes to reproduce it. Say you have no dish in front of you but a mish-mash of ingredients that you simply don’t know how to put together. Take a picture of it and you will be hit with creative ideas of how to combine these ingredients to make something awesome! In theory…
The app feature is still in its beta phase. Sometimes it gets confused. You may be hit with a message telling you that the app is still learning and it needs help to identify what is in the image. Once this recognition software starts to get the idea, I really believe this is going to take off. Pinterest is the one-stop shop for the most creative and brilliant ideas. This feature will allow people to discover new dishes and get creative with their cooking.
Have you tried the new Lens feature on Pinterest? What did you think of it? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
If you haven’t tried it. Why not come down to Barnsgate and give it a go? I’d be quite interested to see what it makes of our locally famous steak and kidney pie!
Well, I thought I had seen it all until last Saturday! The thundering roar of a bright red big rig soon got me out of the office. The Bride and Groom of the day clearly had decided to arrive in the most magnificent of fashions as they hopped out of this awesome vehicle. (Hats off to the driver who managed to navigate the drive!) This got me thinking, what are the top ten best ways for you and your partner to arrive at your venue in a way no one will ever forget? In no particular order:
1. Vintage Bus
All the luxury without the rabble! Many people have always wanted to experience what it is like on an open top bus, this could be your chance! You get the added benefit of space for your friends and family on the way to the venue!
Nothing exudes more style and prestige than a Rolls Royce. This luxury car comes with every feature imaginable for you to enjoy on your way to your big day. It’s a dream for many to even sit in such a vehicle. It’s an unforgettable experience to be driven somewhere in one.
Regal, yet surprisingly affordable! This carriage seats up to 4 people and comes in a range of different colours. Sure, you are going to take a while to get to where you’re going… but at least you can make the most of this once in a lifetime experience! Just make sure it’s not too far for the horses to go!
Horse and Cart not slow enough for you to enjoy the moment? This should do the trick! It doesn’t come much more classic and historical than this. Some companies even give you the opportunity to drive it yourself. It’s bound to make quite the entrance.
Okay, so maybe slow isn’t for you. At the other end of the spectrum, you could hire a supercar! The car pictured above is a Lamborghini LP560 Spider and has all the speed and all the style you could hope for. Of course, you could hire a Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche and all other manner of fast cars as well!
As mentioned before, A big rig does make for a really BIG entrance. If your big day calls for a big vehicle, then why not? The experience isn’t complete however until you honk the horn so make sure you give all your friends and family a jump before leaving the cabin!
Who needs the road when you can touch the clouds with your one beloved on your special day? Hot air balloons are available to hire for your wedding with varying cabin sizes so you can take as many or as few people as you would like with you. Make sure to have your guests bring their sunglasses with them so they can keep their eye’s in the sky!
Here’s a blast from the past! It’s hard to not see a campervan on the road and point it out. It has to be one of the most iconic and fun vehicles to have ever been produced. One sure way of a stylish and cosy arrival!
If you have farming roots in your family and you want to celebrate your heritage, a tractor can be a very fun way to do that. There are lots of options to personalise the carriage and the idea itself does seem very romantic.
It was always going to make the list… You’re looking to make a statement? A Helicopter could be the way to go! A flight plan will be chartered for you and costs a lot less than you might originally think. It’s a great way to get an aerial view of your venue before you arrive.
However you plan to arrive on your special day, make sure it is memorable. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity. A day completely dedicated to you. Nothing should stop you organising what is destined to be the happiest and greatest experience of your life, just the way you want it. We pride ourselves on helping to make your day perfect. If you’re looking to plan your big day, get in touch with us and ask for a brochure. We would love to help make it special!
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Have you ever tried cooking a banana flower or a banana blossom? Purple in colour, heart – shaped, it is commonly seen in Indian groceries where it is considered as a vegetable. It’s a very good source of fibre and many medicinal values. Do you prepare the banana flower? Is it used in your culture? […]
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!
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) 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
If you can’t tell from my recipes, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Mexican food! Tacos, enchiladas, burritos… you name it, I love it! But when I’m making my favorite chicken enchiladas, I never know what to make as a side, since rice and beans aren’t really paleo. We had to find a substitute and something that […]
For the last few weeks I’ve been planning a trip to Italy. A country I have visited many times, traveled for my swimming competitions there, been there with friends and family, even went shopping there. But probably the most important reason why I come back every time is food. I admit there were a few […]
We hosted another wonderful wedding last Saturday for Emma and Aaron. Congratulations to the both of you! We wish you a life of love and happiness together! It was a lovely set-up. Here are some of the pictures we got of the day:
Before the guests got started, we had some canopés for people to enjoy. They are the perfect party food. Full of taste and light enough to not spoil your meal (depending on how many you eat of course!). I wanted to share our recipes for three different canopés we had on offer.
The amounts vary depending on how many guests you have.
To make the croutè, we cut some discs out of white and brown slices of bread with a round cake cutter and toasted until crisp. The cheese croutès had a pinch of grated cheddar on top before toasting.
Smoked Salmon Roulade Stuffed with Spring Onion and Cream Cheese
White bread croutès
Smoked Salmon Slices
Finely chop the spring onions and mix with the cream cheese
Lay out a slice of smoked salmon and with a piping bag, pipe the cream cheese mix along one side of the salmon.
Gently roll the salmon around the cream cheese mix.
Slice the roll into roughly 1cm discs.
Place on top of your Croutès and top with a small segment of lemon.
Duck Liver Patè
Salt and Pepper
Brown Bread Croutès
Chop the onion and slowly cook in a pan with the duck livers, onion, butter, brandy, salt and pepper until the liver is soft.
Blend the mixture together until it makes a smooth paste.