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/

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.

 

Cajun Blackened Salmon – Tasty

Tasty

Here is what you’ll need!

Cajun Blackened Salmon with Avocado and Mango Salsa
Servings: 4

INGREDIENTS

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

PREPARATION

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/…

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

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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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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
GARLIC PARMESAN GRILLED CORN

INGREDIENTS

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

PREPARATION

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

INGREDIENTS

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

PREPARATION

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

INGREDIENTS

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

PREPARATION

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

INGREDIENTS

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

PREPARATION

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!

Barnsgate’s Famous Steak & Kidney Pie

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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!

Smacked Cucumber With A Sweet Sour Sauce — cookingwithauntjuju.com

 

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Healthified Carrot Cake {Gluten Free, Refined-Sugar Free} — The Granola Diaries

 

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 […]

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How To Make Chicken Peri Peri – The Bombay Chef – Varun Inamdar

“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.

Ingredients:-

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

Method:-

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.”

Source: Get Curried

Sausage and Sweet Potato Shakshouka — Wish to Dish

 

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“Shazam for Food” – Pinterest’s New Lens Feature

It truly is a golden age we live in. I noticed an article shared by @TheFoodigans on Twitter about a new “Shazam for Food” feature. Of course, by this point, my interest had been piqued. This “Shazam for Food” is referencing Pinterest’s new “Lens” feature.

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!

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Group Barbecues at Barnsgate

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?

DSC_01Our 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!

DSC_04Our 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.

Chocolate Molten Cake Recipe

This recipe serves 4 people but can be easily adjusted to however many people will be joining you! Credit is due to fiddid on the BBC Good Food website

Ingredients

  • 100g (3.5oz) dark chocolate, chopped
  • 100g (3.5oz) butter
  • 150g (5.5oz) light soft brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 50g (1.75oz) plain flour

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Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C (400F/Gas 6). Butter four basins or ramekins well and place on a baking tray.
  2. Put the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl and set over a pan of hot water (or alternatively put in the microwave) and stir until smooth, then set aside to cool slightly for 15 minutes.
  3. Mix in the sugar, then the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract and finally the flour. Divide the mixture among the basins or ramekins.
  4. You can now either put the mixture in the fridge and wait until they’re nearly ready to be eaten, or bake now for 10-12 minutes, or until the tops are firm to touch but the middles still feel squidgy. Carefully run a knife around the edge of each pudding, then turn out onto serving plates and serve with single cream.
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                                                                    Credit: Kraft Recipes

Why not put your own spin on this wonderful desert? We would love to hear your comments and suggestions!

Here are some helpful links to some of the equipment you will need to make this delightful recipe:

Norpro 8oz/240ml Porcelain Ramekins, Set of 4
Pyrex Prepware 3-Piece Glass Mixing Bowl Set
BELLA Hand Immersion Blender with Whisk Attachment, 250 Watt RED 14460

Tastecard

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!

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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/

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