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:


Cream of Leek & Sweet Potato Soup with Herb Croutons (V)

Spicy Vegetable Samosas with Mango Chutney (V)

Smoked Salmon & Tiger Prawn Salad with Lemon Mayonnaise

Chicken Liver Pâté Wrapped in Parma Ham with Red Onion Chutney & Melba Toast

Crab Tartlet with Watercress Salad & Lime Dressing

Melon, Clementine & Pomegranate Cocktail (V)

Main Courses

Traditional Roast Sussex Turkey With Stuffing & Chipolata Wrapped in Bacon

Slow-Braised Game in Red Wine Topped with Puff Pastry

Grilled Sea Bass Fillet with Brown Shrimp Butter

Baked Salmon Steak with a Herb & Lemon Crust with Parsley & Lemon Butter Sauce

Red Onion & Goats Cheese Tart with Pear Chutney (V)

Aubergine with Roasted Vegetables & Chickpeas with Spicy Tomato Compote (Vegan)


Homemade Christmas Pudding with Rum Sauce

Spiced Winter Fruit Salad with Cranberry Syrup & Clotted Cream

Lemon Meringue Roulade with Raspberry Coulis

White, Milk & Dark Chocolate Mousse Gateaux

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.

And of course, we wish Jessica and Thomas a lifetime of love and happiness together. Congratulations to you both!

Lola the VW Campervan

Campervans are one of the most iconic and retro ways to travel. A great way to arrive on your wedding day!

You may remember I mentioned in my Top Ten Ways to Arrive In Style On Your Wedding Day post that I suggested a campervan would be a very stylish and impressive way to arrive.

Roll on Lola the VW Campervan…

I saw Lola park up yesterday at Barnsgate through my office window carrying the bride and groom. Not only is Lola a means of getting to and from the venue but she also doubles up as a photo booth for everyone throughout the event. It’s such a great touch to add to a wedding day. It is one of the most memorable days in every couple’s lives and it’s these little touches that make all the difference. I’m sure the bride, groom and all the guests had great fun seeing Lola arrive yesterday. I know it brought a smile to my face!

You can get in touch with Mike (Lola’s owner/business partner) through his website or Facebook page if you would like to consider them for your wedding day. You will be able to find most of the details you would need on their website:

If you would like more information regarding Barnsgate Manor as a wedding venue, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. You can find our brochures here.

#Throwback – Waite Wedding Reception at Barnsgate Manor

It was a wonderful day with the sun shining. A great opportunity for photographs. Thank you for sharing and we wish you all the best for the rest of your future together!


Photos by: Lockeyear Photography

You can find more information and our brochures about our weddings here

Is Dad a Foodie? He’ll LOVE These 5 Awesome Kitchen Bits For Father’s Day

Struggling for ideas? If your father has a passion for cooking, here are some ideas you may not have considered.

1. Star Wars Tongs – £21.14

The vast majority of Dads all love a bit of Star Wars. Now he can rule the grill as Darth Vader ruled the Galaxy! He’ll feel just like a big kid when he’s turning the meat from the dark side. What’s more is that it even makes lightsaber sound effects! What’s not to love!

2. Man’s Burger Press – £7.64

Why go out to grab a burger when you can stay at home and get Dad to make one? The old man can make perfect burgers with this tool every time. The base also doubles up as a roasting plate so he can heat the burgers in the press over a fire.

3. Retro Mini Popcorn Maker – £18.99

Whether it’s movies or football, Dad’s love to put their feet up every now and then and dedicate themselves some telly time. Telly time is always better with popcorn! This retro popcorn comes with six cinema style boxes so before Dad puts his feet up he can make everyone a box!

4. Dad Apron – £12.00

Every Father should have their own apron. It boosts their egos and help’s establish their kitchen territory. There is a wide range of different aprons so go ahead and pick the best message for your Dad!


5. Dad’s Book of Awesome Recipes – £15.99

We all lack inspiration from time-to-time. Dad is no exception! Get his creative flair going with this cookbook full of creative recipes. From sweet candy bacon to cheesy chicken fingers, he’s bound to find something for the family from here!


Of course, you can always treat dad to a meal out as well! Contact us to book him for a Sunday lunch with the family for a great food and a great setting to enjoy it in!

Barnsgate Manor Craft Fair – Upcoming Dates

With our recent success of the Barnsgate Manor Craft Fair. We are very happy to announce the next confirmed date of our craft fair

There was a huge array of beautifully hand-crafted items available from local craftspeople. We were able to open up both our Ashdown Restaurant and the Museum for the number of stall-holders, which gave the browsers plenty to look through and plenty to buy!


It was a great atmosphere and we are so lucky to have the setting that we do. Although slightly overcast, the weather held up okay which meant browsers could also enjoy the views and the various animals we look after here at Barnsgate, as well as also being able to enjoy a spot of lunch. It happened to be a perfect day out for many!

We’re hoping to make the next one even more successful. With extensive marketing for the event, we’re looking to attract more stall-holders and more visitors so that everyone can enjoy a vibrant and exciting day out.

The next confirmed date of our craft fair is:

  • Sunday 5th November 2017

If you would be interested in holding a stall, please do give us a call on 01825 713366 or e-mail us at Alternatively, you can contact us through our website following our link here.

Please help spread the word by sharing this post! Your support would mean a lot. The more people that know about the event, the better the day will be!

Grow Your Business – Sussex International Trade Forum

When you are running your own business, finding the next step is never easy. This Forum can lend you the helping hand you need.

On the 21st of June 2017, Barnsgate Manor will be hosting the Sussex International Trade Forum. The guest speaker for this event will be Matt Kemp who is the sales and marketing director of Scientifica in Uckfield.

Scientifica is a company that specializes in providing cutting-edge, scientific research equipment with a focus on Electrophysiology and Imaging. Based in Uckfield, Scientifica has been around since 1997 and grown to export to over 40 countries worldwide. In 2016, they won the British Chamber of Commerce Export Business of the Year and the Business of the Year awards.

Matt Kemp will be discussing more about Scientifica at this event to help budding entrepreneurs take the leap into exporting. For many, exporting sounds extremely daunting and for that reason, avoid it all together. Matt Kemp will look to put these worries aside and show you how sales at Scientifica have increased four-fold in the past five years with 75% of their total sales being abroad.

The event is organised by @C2CNavigator, a web portal for businesses that provides a network of support resources to help you to grow your business. It is free to use and will provide you with the most relevant information you need to combat particular issues with a team on hand to guide you. For many businesses, this helping hand is not easy to find and it can seem a lonely and difficult challenge. C2C Navigator is there to provide you this help with the goal in mind of improving business growth in the UK to ensure future competitiveness and to create more jobs.

You will find a wealth of information at this forum.  The event is on the 21st of June between 08:00 and 10:30. Tickets cost £20-£30 and a continental breakfast will be provided. There will be plenty of free parking available also. If you believe this event would be relevant to you, we would love to see you there! You can find more information and bookings here.