Simon Crannage, executive chef at Swinton Park, moved back to Yorkshire in 2007 after 20 years working up and down the country with some of the country’s brightest chefs. Simon’s passion is game, which makes him the perfect choice of chef at Swinton Park where he can source all his ingredients locally. Estate venison, rabbit, fish and wild edible ingredients which all feature on the restaurant’s menu, will have been caught on the 20,000 acre estate also owned by the Cunliffe-Lister family.
His style is Modern British Cuisine which include a wide range of modern techniques and classical flavour pairing. The menu is seasonal and his inspiration comes from the fruit, vegetable and herbs that are grown in the hotel’s four acre walled garden. Simon also seeks out local food producers and champions the finest as food heroes in his regularly changing menus.
Some career highlights for Simon include scoring 8/10 in the Times, Giles Coren, design of food with cider for Bulmers Orchard Reserve, retaining three AA rosettes throughout his tenure at Swinton Park and running the Alfresco Walking Food Festival in the Swinton Estate parkland. Simon has also recently launched his own ‘Chefs Table’ brand of stocks and sauces which are for sale in the hotel and cookery school.
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Thank goodness the sun has now come out and we seem to have finally put winter behind us! The Parkland has burst into bloom with clouds of blossom and a colourful carpet of daffodils and bluebells around the trees.
The Walled Garden is also getting going, with bright tulips swaying in the breeze and home grown asparagus bursting forth. Asparagus is at its most delicious when eaten closest to home, so dishes featuring home-grown asparagus are now on all our menus, including the bar and lounge. The garden furniture is out and soon it will be time for afternoon teas on the lawn and evening drinks on the terrace at sunset. English summertime at it’s best.
Please click here if you are making plans for 2013 and want to see our Events and Activities Calendar to book a cookery course, themed lunch or family event. Our inspirational Themed Lunch and Dining Experiences page includes Wine Appreciation Lunches, with talks and tastings led by our new sommelier David Borwick, together with our Gardening Lunches, which include a talk and tour with garden designer Susan Cunliffe-Lister.