There is a well know expression “too many cooks in the kitchen” it suggests that maybe a collective gathering of chef’s would see things getting a little hot in there. Well we know our chef’s and know that they are a happy bunch, but in the interest of keeping things sweet for our most recent LFH Head Chef brain storming day we met in someone else’s kitchen. Namely, Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstalls River Cottage HQ.
"Look at these lush, delicious sprouts harvested by the team at Woolley Grange ready for the Christmas festivities!… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…"Wednesday 12th December
"That naughty elf managed to climb up the staircase banister at Fowey Hall! What has the elf been getting up to in y… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…"Monday 10th December
"We are thrilled for the team at New Park Manor for winning the 'Fido's Family Award' by PetsPyjamas in their 2018 D… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…"Friday 07th December
"How lovely does The Ickworth look in the evening? There's something really special about each of our hotels after d… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…"Thursday 06th December
"Struggling with what to buy for loved ones this year? Then why not purchase a 'gift experience' from one of hotels,… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…"Wednesday 05th December
Here at Luxury Family Hotels, we love our food. Come to any of our hotels and you can count on delicious, healthy cuisine based where possible on the freshest local produce, whether designed with foodie adults or picky kids in mind.
We also know the importance of getting children involved in what they eat – at some of our hotels, they can help out in the kitchen garden and collect eggs for breakfast.
We’ve shared our favourite books for both cooking for and cooking with kids – useful as everyday reference books but also great Christmas presents or birthday gifts for that food-lover in your life.
Autumn is one of our favourite times of year at Luxury Family Hotels – perfect for crisp walks, leaf stomping and conker gathering, and of course for all the fiendish fun of Halloween…
Staff from our OFSTED-registered ‘dens’ lay on a creepy selection of very special seasonal activities for our younger guests and for families, including the likes of witchy scarecrow making, ferocious face painting, perfect pumpkin carving, marshmallow toasting, scary mask-making, gingerbread skeleton cooking, cress-head mummy-making, haunted nature trails, apple-bobbing, lantern-making and Bonfire Night crafts. We’d love to see you and your family at in the one of our family-friendly hotels, but in the meantime, we’ve shared Woolley Grange's recipe for a nightmarishly good ice scream sundae.
With Britain’s hedgerows now bursting with wild blackberries, lots of us have been out and about filling tubs and colanders with this juicy, versatile fruit. One of the easiest ways of enjoying foraging with kids, it’s a great – and free! – summer holiday activity.
What isn’t eaten directly from the bush can be brought home to make into a whole array of delicious dishes and drinks. If you don’t use the fruits right away, store them, unwashed, on sheets of kitchen paper in the fridge to avoid crushing.
We’ve shared our favourite recipes with you – most of them easy enough to make with kids, or even to let the kids create themselves with a little supervision. And if you’re heading for our Woolley Grange Hotel in Wiltshire, don’t miss our home-made blackberry gin using own-grown fruits!
Our Wiltshire and Cornwall hotels are great places to head this September and October for foodies keen to join in with one of the UK’s longest-standing traditions and celebrate local produce in unique ways.
Here at Luxury Family Hotels, we love a good picnic and are always happy to whip up take-out lunches for our guests on request – see our blog on the best picnic sites handy for our properties.
If you’re making your own picnic this summer, our top tips are to keep it relatively simple and to get the kids involved in the planning and preparation. And avoid anything too messy or perhaps anything that needs plates – hand-held and portable should be your watchwords here!
There’s nothing like a crab sandwich and/or a cream tea overlooking the shimmering sand to get you well and truly into the summer holiday spirit. As the sun finally shows its face, we share our favourite beach cafés handy for our seaside hotels in Cornwall and Dorset – all of them, naturally, very family friendly.
With the arrival of new head chef Jamie Holmes and new food and beverage manager Tom Perriman at our family-friendly hotel in the New Forest, it was time for a revamp of the children’s menu. General manager Lauren McCann tells us more.
After a recent stay at our Fowey Hall Hotel, Hermione Norris, star of ITV’s Cold Feet, said: ‘When I was young it was Cornwall, Wales and Devon for family holidays… A week in the UK with sandy sandwiches, building dens, free entertainment with a bucket and spade, Cornish pasties and family chaos. It was a lovely, wholesome experience. And I want that for my own children.’
Indeed, there’s a vast amount to do in our Cornwall hotels and on their doorstep. But Fowey Hall and the Polurrian Bay Hotel also provide great bases for families to enjoy the annual events that the region does so well. Here are some of our top choices this year.