Gourmet Weekends 2015

Gourmet Weekends

New Programme for 2015

We are ringing the changes in 2015, with a new Gourmet Weekend programme to showcase some of the great food and wine regions of the world, with expert guest speakers to share their knowledge and the wonderful produce of their regions.

Available as a two night or one night weekend, the programme will comprise:

Friday:   One and Two-Night programme

    • Afternoon tea following arrival
    • Pre-dinner tutored wine tasting
    • Gourmet dinner created to complement a wine flight selected and introduced by our expert

Saturday:  Two-night programme

    • Three demonstrations and tasting sessions, exploring the ‘terroir’ in depth
    • Tea & scones
    • Pre-dinner tutored wine tasting
    • Gourmet dinner created to complement a wine flight selected and introduced by our expert

Sunday:  Two-night programme

    • An optional ‘safari’ through the deer park after breakfast and check out

Featured Regions and Expert Guests:

6th – 7th February 2015: Minervois and the Languedoc

Roger Barlow from Gerrard Steel and Floris Lemstra of Chateau de Canet will introduce the region and the Minervois in particular, focusing on the art of wine blending, with the opportunity to blend some wines yourself.

13th – 14th March 2015: Leading Wines from New Zealand and Australia


Bon Coeur Fine Wines will introduce Warren Adamson from Craggy Range a family owned winery producing ultra-premium wines and Chris Hancock, Master of Wine, from Oatley Wines. They will share their favourite wines with you in tutored tastings.  Renowned glassmaker Riedel, will run the third workshop of the day, explaining the benefits of decanting and using the correct glassware.

18th – 19th September 2015: Revisiting German wines and the Delights of Portugal.

Claudia Pech, leading light of the new wave of German wine production, Marta Mateus of Marta Vine and Danny Cameron, President of the Association of Portuguese Wine Importers will introduce you to exceptional, handcrafted wines from these historic wine-producing countries to surprise and excite you.

27th – 28th November 2015: A Celebration of Yorkshire produce

Proud of our home-grown produce and local food heritage, this weekend will featuring Swinton Estate-reared pork and charcuterie products, prepared by our own Master Butcher Jimmy Scott; together with local beer, cider and artisan cheeses.


Two Nights: From £600 per room, per night
One Night: From £485 per room

Gourmet Weekend - Wine Appreciation Lunches:

Enjoy an optional tutored tasting with our featured Gourmet Weekend wine experts, together with a two-course lunch menu showcasing the ‘terroir’.

7th February – Minervois and the Languedoc
14th March – Leading wines from Australia and New Zealand
19th September – Revisiting German Wines & the Delights of Portugal
28th November – Celebrating Yorkshire’s wines, ciders and spirits

The event starts at 12.30pm with a talk and informal tasting, followed by lunch.

An additional charge applies of £40 per person
(Also open to non residents)

The Kitchen Gossip

It’s lovely to see new season’s ingredients coming in, heralding the delights of the year to come. As well as Yorkshire rhubarb, the wild garlic is now in season and it wont be too long before new season’s lamb is available. Click Rhubarb to find my favourite spring recipe, which is very versatile and easy to make at home.

2014 has got off to a flying start with busy classes right across the schedule. Our Thursday Cookery Club Mornings and Supper Evenings have been very well received and our Barbecue Cook and Lunch courses get going over the Easter weekend.