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!
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!
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 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, christmasjumperday.org, 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!
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
Gift Trugs and Sussex Produce
Wooden Toys and Decorations
Spa Products and Home Fragrance
Sweets, Cupcakes, Jams, Jellies, Chutneys
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!
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.
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.
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 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!
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:
The past few days have hardly sung of sunshine and barbecue weather but we have had a fair few dry spells this year and that means, for a lot of people, it’s time to get the tongs out and start grilling! We all love to make the most of the weather. Why not take the hard work out of the equation and let us prepare your barbecue event?
Our outdoors area allows us to cater for up to 200 guests for any occasion. We have hosted barbecues for weddings, birthday parties, anniversaries and all other manner of occasion. With the views of the South Downs on one side and the Ashdown forest on the other, it makes for the perfect venue to share a hot dog and a cold beer with friends and family.
There is also ample indoors facilities for you to use and, if you so choose, the use of our disco (for an additional cost) for you to get the evening swinging!
Our group barbecues start from £18 to £25 per person, so put your feet up, let us do the hard work and we will make it a night to remember. Our group barbecue menu can be found here. To get in touch to book your event, you can give us a call on 01825 713366 or through our website here.
Whether it is a Birthday celebration, wedding anniversary or any other gathering of family and friends, we can help you make this celebration the best one yet!
We cater for parties of all sizes and offer the exclusive use of either our stylish Manor House Restaurant or for larger parties our Ashdown Suite, which is full of rustic character and seats up to 200 guests in comfort.
The question that is on most people’s minds when booking a venue is “What are we to do about food and drink?” We can offer a three-course meal from a menu of your choice for all your guests. If that’s a bit formal, the season is coming around for wonderful summer barbeques, hog roasts and buffets. With regards to drinks, we have a bar in both our Manor House and Ashdown Restaurant available for your party to use exclusively.
We have additional extras available to offer as well. A disco can be arranged in the Ashdown Cellars, our air-conditioned party room, with its own bar and outside patio area. The DJ can either be booked separately or can be included in our party package using our trusted DJ.
What would a party be without photos to remember it by? We also recommend getting in touch with Portal Pod Photo Booths for the use of their Magic Mirror photo frame. This top end piece of equipment takes full-length photographs of your guests with many different ways to personalise your photographs. You can get in touch with them for a quote through their facebook page here.
Give us a call or get in touch through our website. We would be happy to discuss any ideas with you to make sure you have the most memorable event yet!
Barnsgate has established itself over many years as one of the most popular wedding venues in East Sussex. The peaceful and romantic setting offers wonderful facilities and beautiful surroundings, with spectacular views over the open countryside and forest to the South Downs in the distance.
It makes the perfect venue for wedding receptions and civil ceremonies.
We can cater for up to 200 guests and all wedding parties can be assured of a warm welcome and friendly, professional service, excellent food and fine wines for the wedding breakfast, with the attention to detail that makes everyone feel relaxed and special – on this, the most memorable of days.
Contact our Team
No two weddings are the same. Our expert team will advise and assist you to individually tailor your day – Whatever your requirements. To request more information, you can contact us through our website here and we would be happy to answer any questions you may have and send you our brochures.
Tastecard is an app and service that helps you find and save on eating at restaurants. Some users have a card (the same size as a credit card) to show that they have access to these discounts. Other, more tech-savvy users display their card via the app.
The service costs only £3.99 a month or £39 for the year. With some restaurants offering up to 50% off or two meals for the price of one you can clearly see, if you like a meal out, how this would save you a good amount of money throughout the year!
Barnsgate offers 2-for-1 on meals with tastecard. So why not become a member and save yourself some money instantly! You can now book a table at Barnsgate online through here: https://bgmanor.wordpress.com/contact/
A lot of effort went into the presentation of our Ashdown Restaurant function suite. Throughout the day members were hanging banners, arranging tables and making sure it was going to be a night to remember.
Guests were able to mingle in our function suite as well as on our balcony while enjoying the views of the south downs (due to the weather being permitting of course!) before sitting down to a three-course meal from a set menu prepared for the evening.
The RAF Air Cadets do a lot of work to support the Royal Air Forces Association which is a charity set up to support families of RAF members through every stage of their life. They provide help by participating in exhibitions, helping less mobile, older members and joining in line ups at formal parades to point out a few examples.
Their work is valued and appreciated. The RAF offers two awards for their participation. Flying Scholarships and their rafa YOUTH Cyprus Award to help further their career opportunities within the RAF. I feel this highlights what a wonderful organisation the RAF Air Cadets really is.
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.
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!