Oh No, not Nick Again…

Oh No, not Nick Again…

I should pre-warn you about Nick. You will likely hear him first and after hearing him two or three times might believe we have a broken record somewhere on auto repeat. We don’t. We simply have Nick…. somewhere, staying here for the summer to help out a little as he graduates into retirement from the most peculiar career.

I have known Nick for some 30 years. He introduced me to Rioja when I could not spell nor pronounce it. He introduced me to the height of the late 80s yuppy gluttony, when he was a Director of Nationwide with a stunning wife, a contacts stuffed filofax, a Cheltenham Mews House and the BMW cabriolet. And then, when the party ended and with it his job, he showed me how you can bounce up again. By travelling the world delivering aid to countries in crisis… Most recently he ran in island somewhere in Indonesia. I think it still exists…

He was the first person I knew to capitalise on ready meals and invite friends around for his self proclaimed ‘special home made Sunday roasts’. Only the bin, as they often do, revealed the truth – empty MnS ready roasted potatoes packs, pre-sliced beef in gravy, ready cut veg etc. Nick is a cheeky one.

He is the only person I have known who decided to go to Glastonbury on a whim after a liquid lunch in Cheltenham, called a taxi and ended up blagging his way through to the backstage of the Pyramid Stage. Nick is more heart than rascal but I warn you, if you don’t love him, he will keep delivering the reasons why you should!

Matt

 

 

 

Birthday Party Spirits

Birthday Party Spirits

Every birthday is a celebration, so whether it is a fifth, a 30th or an 85th (or no birthday at all), ask what we could arrange for you. We love to host a party. Last weekend it was a 30th.

 

The English Ploughmans – RANT

The English Ploughmans – RANT

 

They call this a Ploughmans?!

  • Mature cheddar cheese.. NO – a slice of something insipid and mild from Nowhere Land
  • A fresh salad… NO – a spill of disinfected bagged leaves with a scalping of similarly air freighted Spanish pepper and cucumber
  • A small boiled egg – probably a caged hen’s pride
  • A slice of cold powdery puffy bread ‘designed’ to be rustic
  • A processed pickle no doubt spewed out by the ton
  • A shy dressing designed to be so non offensive it inspires no one, least of all a poor wilting Spanish bagged lettuce leaf.
  • Pickled onions that that sink overnight hundreds of years of English learning to conserve seasonal surpluses to pack punch and flavour through the winter

It is the time this meal was re-invented, for those who wish to celebrate, enjoy and appreciate the simple pleasure of genuine honest ingredients.

This meal should be a seasonal celebration of English produce on a plate. Simple but engaging and inspiring. Willow Hill will grow for you and show you.

 

Camping with Nature

Camping with Nature

As part of our three-year journey to create a sustainable dining, camping, glamping and events venue, we are protecting areas of our Top Field where we will be growing produce, cut flowers or simply encouraging pasture to go to seed to provide a harvest for our resident wildlife.