Deerhouse Lunches and Dinners

Alfresco Barbecues in the Parkland

Deerhouse Alfresco Dining

23rd May, 27th June, 25th July, 8th August

Our charming, rustic Deerhouse is the perfect setting for dinner on a summer’s evening. This year, on selected Saturday evenings, we will serving a five-course dinner menu created by Samuel’s head chef Simon Crannage, featuring seasonal ingredients from the Estate and Walled Garden. Enjoy an aperitif as you watch the sun go down over the Parkland, then join the party for delightful alfresco dinner in the Deerhouse, served at a single long table.

Warmed by braziers, under a canopy of starlight, what better way to enjoy a beautiful summer’s evening?


Baked breads

 Chilled gazpachio with picual olive oil


Cedar plank smoked trout,
dill and shallot dressing, pickle of vegetables


Chilli and coriander marinated poussin

Chpotle glazed Swinton pork steak

Slow smoked beef and tomato sausage

Charred peppers and aubergine couscous

Garlic and mustard dressed cos lettuce

Hazelnut and red cabbage slaw


Trio of local cheeses,
traditional garnish, oat biscuits


Baked banana on the grill
 dark rum, cane sugar

Confit of pineapple form the grill
Szechuan pepper, vanilla cream


Special dietary needs can usually be accommodated
but must be advised at time of booking



£45 per person including aperitif, coffee and transport between the hotel and the Deerhouse.

Guests will all be seated together at a single, large table. Warm clothing and footwear highly recommended, as the evening turns cool after sunset. This is a rustic experience, with uneven ground surrounding the Deerhouse – please take care on arrival and departure. In the event of very bad weather the event will be cancelled.


Cook and Lunch

24th May, 28th June, 26th July

At lunch we offer a Barbecue Cook and Lunch course, where guests from each party can help grill lunch, under the careful tuition of Cookery School chef director Stephen Bulmer.

Non-cooking guests and children are also welcome. Enjoy a stroll in the grounds or watch the cooks, before joining them for lunch.

£40 per person – one hour of barbecue cookery tuition and lunch.
£25 per person – adult non-cooking lunch guest, £15 – child’s lunch.(includes a glass of Pimms or soft drink on arrival)


Barbecue Cookery Course

11th June, 2nd July, 30th July, 20th August

A full day Barbecue Cookery Course that covers the making of marinades, rubs and accompaniments, in addition to grill skills and other barbecue-based cookery methods. 

£130 per person

Please see our cookery school pages for more details of both the above courses and online booking. 


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