#NationalCupcakeWeek – Barnsgate’s Chocolate Buttercream Rose Cupcakes

To celebrate #NationalCupcakeWeek trending on twitter, we thought we would jump in on the fun with this creation!

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Our star-baker this week has put together these vanilla cupcakes 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. The recipe is to follow shortly and we would love to see what you come up with!

Barnsgate Christmas Party Nights

It will soon be the season again. The year seems to have flashed by in the blink of an eye. So we are now taking bookings for our Christmas Party Nights

They 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 from 7pm 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

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 on 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

Every wedding needs a photographer to capture every moment of perhaps the most special day of your life. We were very grateful to receive a selection of photos of a recent wedding from Shepherd Photography.

The day included a three course meal, a “Cheesecake” that I have previously mentioned in a blog, 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.

If you would like to get in touch with Shepherd Photography to take pictures at your wedding or event, 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

After many years of making Barnsgate their home, sadly, we had to bid farewell to our eight llama neighbours.

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 cozy 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

Have you tried an Afternoon Tea at Barnsgate? Why not join us on our terrace?

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 lunch time 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!)

Pre-booking is essential when it comes to our Afternoon Teas as everything is made to order. Each costs £12 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 and 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 so 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

Chicken Drumsticks are an all time favourite for summer barbeques and parties. Why not try our marinade to add some zesty flavour to them?

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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 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 you 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. Let us know what marinades you have tried! We would love to know.

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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

Take a look at the picture below… It’s a cake clearly, but it’s made out of cheese!

For many people, when it comes to deciding on a wedding cake, “sweet or savoury” never even comes into the equation. However, it would appear 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 and we wish them many happy and exciting years to come!