#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!

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/

The Substitutes for Your Dietary Requirements You Might Not Know About

When you find out that you have a dietary requirement, you might well have made yourself a long, mental list of all the things you think you can and can’t eat… More often than not it’s a pretty miserable list but you might not have considered just how many substitutes have recently become available to replace those cravings of yours.

Coeliac Disease

Coeliac Disease is caused when your immune system reacts to gluten and leads to damage in 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” isle. 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. sweetener-main_A2RMR6

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.

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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#NationalCreamTeaDay at Barnsgate Manor

Barnsgate Manor is Renowned for it’s cream teas. It is #NationalCreamTeaDay today and it appears there is some debate as to whether cream or jam goes first…

Our outside terrace and views of the South Downs make for an excellent spot to have a cream tea. Not only that but our cream teas are talked about just as much as our views! They have developed quite the reputation. However, when it comes to cream or jam first, that’s not something we like to get involved in!

There has been a very heated discussion on Twitter today with regards to the proper order. You may be interested to know, there isn’t actually a proven, definitive method to preparing your scones (although there are those who would argue the case until the very end!).

As I say, we don’t like to interfere with how you prepare your scones. What we do, however, is offer you a choice of fruit, cheese, plain or gluten free scones with lashings of Rodda’s Clotted cream and Tiptree Jam on the side so you can prepare your perfect scone  just how you want.

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For your consideration, here is our Tea Room Menu:

All prices quoted are per person

Coffee & Selection Of Biscuits £3.00

Cream Tea (One Scone, Jam & Clotted Cream, Pot Of Tea) £4.50

Cream Tea (Two Scones, Jam & Clotted Cream, Pot Of Tea) £5.95

Cream Tea & Cake (Scones, Jam & Cream, Slice of cake, Tea) £8.35

Cream Tea & Sandwiches (Scones, Jam & Cream, Sandwiches, Tea) £9.50

Afternoon Tea (Mini Scones, Jam & Clotted Cream, Sandwiches, Cocktail Cakes, Pot Of Tea) £12.00

If you would like to book for a cream tea, you can do so through our online form.

As it stands on Twitter, 59% of people choose jam first and 41% believe cream should be first. What’s your standpoint on this highly controversial matter?

 

Barnsgate’s Famous Steak & Kidney Pie

We love to try out new things on our menu. But there is one item that people keep coming to the Barnsgate Restaurant for time and time again… Our Steak and Kidney Pie

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.

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!