Deerhouse Lunches and Dinners

Alfresco Barbecues in the Parkland

Deerhouse Alfresco Dining

2016 Dates to be announced soon

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?

Sample Menu

Baked breads

 Chilled gazpacho with Picual olive oil


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


Chilli and coriander-marinated poussin

Chipotle-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 from 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.


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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Book Now… for our wonderful, seasonal events later this year. Indulge in an extravaganza of fine food and wine at our Gourmet Weekend in November, or treat yourself to a stately home experience this Christmas. Join us for Carols by Candlelight and a gala dinner on 2nd December, or snap up one of the few rooms left for our Christmas three night house party.

Looking Ahead… Work has commenced on our Country Club and Spa, which will include an indoor swimming pool with full spa and fitness facilities, as well as a 40-seat conservatory restaurant, coffee shop and Swinton Estate shop. Please see our press release for more information.