Deerhouse Alfresco Dining

Alfresco Barbecues in the Parkland

Saturday 28th May
Saturday 25th June

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?

Dinner Menu

Baked breads
 Chilled gazpacho with Picual olive oil


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


Oak-smoked beef and tomato sausage
Chilli and garlic chicken
Marinated loin of pork cooked over coals
Charred peppers and aubergine cous cous
Dressed Walled Garden leaves
New potatoes with mustard mayonnaise 


Dark chocolate, coffee and nut pots


Red fruit from the garden, Swiss meringue and cream


Trio of local cheeses, chutney and oat biscuits


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.


Deerhouse Lunches, including Cook & Lunch Course

2016 Dates to be announced soon

On selected Sundays Cookery School chef Stephen Bulmer prepares a barbecue buffet lunch at the Deerhouse. You can enjoy this informal alfresco lunch in two ways:

We offer a Barbecue Cook and Lunch course at the Deerhouse, where guests from each party can help grill lunch, under the careful tuition of Cookery School chef director Stephen Bulmer. Family and friends joining for lunch can watch the cooks or enjoy a stroll in the grounds, before joining them for lunch.

Guests are also welcome to join for lunch without participating in the cooking.

£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

2016 Dates to be announced soon

Those wanting to learn about barbecuing in greater depth, will enjoy our Barbecue Cookery Course, run in conjunction with the Weber Grill Academy. Learn about marinades and rubs, as well as a wide range of cookery methods on their gas and charcoal grills, as you prepare a delicious alfresco lunch.

£100 per person

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


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