All catering at Old Shorland is handled by Sandy, cooked on the Aga, in our farmhouse kitchen. We work hard to provide good home-cooking and to ensure meals are generous and tasty.


Dining at Shorland Old FarmBreakfast

Breakfast includes cereals, fruit, juice, yoghurt, fruit, tea or coffee, toast and preserves, and a 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.

Food at Shorland Old FarmDinner

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.


Special Diets

We don’t have restaurant catering facilities or extra kitchen staff, here at Shorland.  All cooking is done by Sandy in a regular domestic kitchen, with limited storage and cooking facilities, therefore we cannot guarantee to meet every special dietary need; that will depend on the numbers and complexity of the different requirements within a 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.

We aim to cook tasty, wholesome food which is provided on a dish of the day basis, with everyone eating the same meal. Main courses are structured around meat or fish.  Starters (where requested) are generally vegetarian, although some include a fish element.  Most dishes are served to the middle of the table for guests to help themselves to what they want, in the portion size that suits them.

A vegetarian option can be made available on request.  Vegetarian meals may contain nuts, beans and pulses, and meat-free protein alternatives.

Anyone with dietary concerns should speak with Sandy (email: or tel: 01598 763505) before paying any deposit as we cannot guarantee to meet every special requirement.  Where an alternative arrangement is agreed, a small supplementary charge may be payable to help offset the extra costs involved in buying special ingredients, and the additional work in preparation and cooking.

It may be possible to offer limited self-catering options, or B&B only arrangements to allow an individual to eat at a local pub or restaurant (independent transport would be required).

Any special diet arrangement must be agreed before bookings are confirmed.

We can accommodate only medically necessary and vegetarian special diets, not weight loss, combination, preference or vegan diets.

Where agreed, all special dietary information must be included on the booking form, in advance of the holiday.  We cannot accommodate last minute requests nor can we cook guests’ own food.

Guests are welcome to bring any special dietary products, and they may be stored in bedrooms or in the guest fridges in the house and studio.