Smoke and Fire, Sip and Paint

Lots of evening events over the next few weeks with our next Sip and Paint evening coming up on 19th July. The last of these relaxed, evening painting sessions sold out and we are already taking lots of bookings for the September event. This upcoming evening has some slots still available and our Artist in Residence, Stacey Gledhill, is hoping to welcome lots of you for a relaxed evening of oil painting. All skill levels are welcome and Stacey will first do some painting herself and then guide you in work on a still life in the evening light of our glasshouse.

Whether you come to this evening or another, you can get a glimpse of Stacey’s work by clicking here or, we hope, over the next few weeks on the walls of the restaurant. In particular, Stacey will be the first artist to have her work on the walls of our new dining space as we convert most of the old shop to be part of the restaurant. The development work for this has now started and should be completed by the end of July. Although we will be reducing the shop space, we will still be offering our own fruit, veg and herbs for sale together with the meat and fish we are selling in the restaurant each week and, of course, our delicious sausages, wild honey, drinking vinegars etc!

This Friday sees the next of our Supper Clubs – Fire and Smoke – as we smoke one of our pigs on the Barbeque Pit. This is a dinner where each of the 5 courses comprises food cooked with fire and smoke – the centrepiece, of course, will be one our pigs – smoked whole over charcoal for 30 hours! The evening will be hosted by my brother, Professor Charles Spence, who will introduce the dishes and talk to the primaeval aspects of fire cookery as well as the nutritional and gustatory pleasures. The full menu and tickets for this special evening are available by clicking here

I mentioned last week that the restaurant and farm can, in part or whole, be made available for private hire, family celebrations, big birthdays, Christmas parties or, indeed, weddings. We have one such wedding taking place this Saturday and we hope that the weather is kind and it’s a great day for all involved! Please note that both the restaurant and the shop will be closed for the whole day – if you need supplies or want coffee and cake or a meal, you will need to visit us tomorrow, Friday or Sunday.