All meals at Old Shorland are cooked by Sandy, on the Aga, in our farmhouse kitchen. We work hard to provide good home-cooking and to ensure meals are generous and tasty.
Breakfast includes cereals, fruit, juice, yoghurt, fruit, tea or coffee, toast and preserves, and a full cooked option of scrambled or fried egg, with bacon, sausages, tomatoes and mushrooms.
If you are participating in one of our tutored art breaks, lunch is included in the cost of your holiday. It’s generally buffet-style, with bread rolls, cold meats, cheeses, salad, cake and fruit. We also have “pasty days” where we serve delicious locally-made pasties.
If you’re bringing your own group, we can provide lunch at an extra cost per head, but many groups prefer to do their own thing. There are facilities in the studio for making light lunches (sink, fridge, kettles, microwave, toasters, crockery and cutlery). The local pub serves great food and the village shop sells hot pies and pasties, and homemade cakes. Making your own lunch arrangements keeps down the cost of the holiday, and allows groups more flexibility for going out and about without worrying about having to be back for lunch.
We offer two-courses as standard – main course + dessert – with coffee in the lounge afterwards. If you’re bringing your own group and would prefer starter + main instead, that can be arranged. A third course is available at an extra cost. The option chosen applies across the whole group.
Catering at Old Shorland is done on a “dish of the day”, set menu basis, with guests eating together around the big pine table in the dining room. Please note, we are not a restaurant and cannot offer individual choices at mealtimes. Main courses are structured around meat or fish. A fresh fruit alternative to dessert is always available. Starters, where applicable, are generally vegetarian, although some include a fish element. Most dishes are served to the middle of the table for you to help yourself to what you want, in the portion size that suits you. If there’s something you would prefer not to eat, you can always leave it.
Please note, a discretionary surcharge of £5 per day may be applied where we have to provide an alternative to the set menu, or make substantial adjustments to meet special dietary requirements. This includes vegetarian alternatives. We have introduced this charge reluctantly because of an overwhelming increase in the number of special requests. The charge is to help offset the extra costs involved in buying alternative ingredients, and the additional work in preparation and cooking, and will be payable with the holiday balance, four weeks prior to the start of the holiday.
We don’t have restaurant catering facilities or extra kitchen staff, here at Shorland. All the cooking is done by Sandy in a regular domestic kitchen, with limited storage and cooking facilities, therefore we cannot guarantee to meet every request; that will depend on numbers in a group and how many different requirements arise within that particular group. It is essential you check with us before you pay your deposit. If special dietary requests aren’t confirmed before a booking, we cannot guarantee to cater for your needs.
NB: We will consider only medically necessary and vegetarian special diets, not weight loss, combination, or other preference diets. Most of these requirements can be met by careful selection from the set menu dishes.
If you are on a special diet, or you are concerned about any aspect of the food arrangements, please speak to Sandy before making your booking to ascertain whether we are able to accommodate your particular needs. All special dietary information must be included on the booking form, in advance of your holiday. We cannot accommodate last minute requests.
You are welcome to bring your own special dietary/supplementary products. They may be stored in your room or in the guest fridge(s). Unfortunately, we cannot cook food items brought by guests.
We have a two-bedroom self-catering cottage on site. If you are coming as part of a larger group and are on a restricted diet where you would prefer to take care of your own food arrangements, or if we are unable to cater for your particular needs, it may be possible to book the cottage instead of a regular room. Please speak to Sandy for further details.
Find out more about self-catering in Shorland Cottage.