The cycle of life in the gardens and fields at Askham Hall dictates 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.
Richard grew up in this area of Cumbria and has a deep understanding of the seasons, wild foods and produce that grows here from his childhood spent out shooting in the woods, fishing on the river Eden and looking after his own rare breed chickens which he is bringing to Askham Hall
French born Nico is originally from the Loire Valley, where he grew up around good wine and food. He joined our team in June 2014 as ‘Maitre de Maison’, or house manager. He likens Askham Hall to the format of a small French chateaux where guests get to experience high end dining and very personal service in the setting of a beautiful house and gardens.
Unwind in one of our beautifully designed rooms
You can choose one of our individual rooms based on the following categories. Full room details and rates can be found here. All rooms come with flat screen TVs, free wi-fi, bluetooth radios and telephones (calls are chargeable). The Pele Tower rooms also feature mini bar larders and Nespresso coffee machines. You can check availability and book online. Alternatively email us or call us on 01931 712 350. Please note that individual bookings can be made five months in advance or less. For group bookings please enquire.
Guests staying overnight also have access to our outdoor heating pool during the summer months and a Swedish sauna.