The seasons at Askham Hall – the thought behind our food.
The cycle of life in the gardens and fields at Askham Hall dictate our menus – we work with the seasons and grow, source and preserve the produce from our gardens and surrounding farms and woodland.
The cycles have always been there and each part of the year is anticipated keenly for the new ingredients it brings. In the autumn we are busy harvesting the plentiful fruits including apples, medlars and plums. We are also enjoying the game such as Red and Roe deer from our woods and moors as well as rabbit, partridge, grouse and pigeon. And of course all those wonderful mushrooms. At the same time, in the kitchen gardens the winter crops are coming into the fore, with all sorts of varieties of kales and root vegetables at the top of the list for ingredients.
As we move into winter we are able to use all the preserved fruits and vegetables we are busy conserving during the autumn. Whether they have been pickled, dried, salted or left to rest in the ground – preserving techniques all add a rich variety in flavour to the same ingredient.
When spring stirs we are excitedly awaiting the first buds of wild garlic, which grows all along the River Lowther, and from thereon come all the glories of the growing season.
Restaurant open to non residents: 7pm-9.30pm. To book a table please email us or call 01931 712350.
We offer our guests two dining possibilities:
Dining in smaller groups (six or less): A menu for £50 to include nibbles, three courses, coffee and after dinner treats or a set tasting menu including nibbles, five courses, coffee and after dinner treats for £65 per person.
Larger parties of six or more: A special set menu based on the above two options which will be set close to the day depending on what produce is at it’s very best at that moment. If you have any particular preferences these can also be taken into consideration in preparing your special set menu subject to price confirmation.