NSPCC Autumn Craft Fair at Barnsgate

NSPCC Craft Fair

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

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

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

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

The NSPCC Craft Fair

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

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

 

Barnsgate Christmas Party Nights

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

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

The Menu for this year is as follows:

Starters

Cream of Leek & Sweet Potato Soup with Herb Croutons (V)
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Spicy Vegetable Samosas with Mango Chutney (V)
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Smoked Salmon & Tiger Prawn Salad with Lemon Mayonnaise
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Chicken Liver Pâté Wrapped in Parma Ham with Red Onion Chutney & Melba Toast
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Crab Tartlet with Watercress Salad & Lime Dressing
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Melon, Clementine & Pomegranate Cocktail (V)


Main Courses

Traditional Roast Sussex Turkey With Stuffing & Chipolata Wrapped in Bacon
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Slow-Braised Game in Red Wine Topped with Puff Pastry
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Grilled Sea Bass Fillet with Brown Shrimp Butter
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Baked Salmon Steak with a Herb & Lemon Crust with Parsley & Lemon Butter Sauce
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Red Onion & Goats Cheese Tart with Pear Chutney (V)
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Aubergine with Roasted Vegetables & Chickpeas with Spicy Tomato Compote (Vegan)

Desserts

Homemade Christmas Pudding with Rum Sauce
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Spiced Winter Fruit Salad with Cranberry Syrup & Clotted Cream
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Lemon Meringue Roulade with Raspberry Coulis
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White, Milk & Dark Chocolate Mousse Gateaux
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Selection of Local Cheeses with Celery, Grapes & Biscuits

Fresh Filter Coffee Or Tea

Booking Your Christmas Party Night

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

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

Let’s make it a night to remember!

Wedding Photographs – Shepherd Photography

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/

Lemon & Herb Chicken Marinade Recipe

Marinade Recipe

Our Recipe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Sweet or Savoury? A Wedding “Cheese”Cake

Wedding

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

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

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

Alongside it was a blackboard that read:

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

Please help yourselves to our cheeseboard!

-Tom & Jess”

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

Get in Touch

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

 

 

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!

22/04/2017 – RAF Air Cadets Annual Meal

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.

IMG_1631[1]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. IMG_1630[1]

You can find more information on the RAF Air Cadets here: https://www.rafa.org.uk/what-we-do/air-cadets/         Crowborough Squadron 1414

We hope you enjoyed your evening with us. It was a pleasure to be your host and we hope to see you again soon!

@BarnsgateManor