Having cooked our organic Durham Breakfast with bacon, mushrooms and sausage from Piercebrige organic farm shop. our tomatoes and eggs, milk and butter from Acorn Dairy for guests for 16 years, I do wish someone would ask for my organic pancakes for a change. I made them for us this morning and used up the fruit picked fresh from the gardens -alpine strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, with lemons, passionfruit and maple syrup from the farm shop.
Having baked for WI markets and the B&B for many years, we are now offering afternoon cream teas for guests on arrival or for garden groups and visitors to the gardens to see the National Plant Collections of Polemonium, Hakonechloa and Fragaria vesca. I had some help making the Battenberg cakes from a grandson who stayed for tea after helping his grandad in the garden, and he took a few back for his brothers.
Afternoon Tea Menu
A selection of finger sandwiches on organic bread with Acorn Dairy butter
Durham cheese with home made tomato chutney
Sliced Cucumber & cream cheese with mint
Organic egg with chives on organic white bread
Farm shop ham with Durham honey mustard
Freshly baked scones
Acorn Dairy cream, homemade lemon curd & strawberry preserves
Afternoon Tea pastries
Chocolate brownie with poached quince
Operetta -Joconde sponge with pistachio mousseline and orange ganache
Battenberg cake Meringue Tart
Served with a selection of loose leaf teas -Ringtons Northumberland blend, Taylor’s Afternoon Blend, Single estate Assam,Ceylon, Darjeeling, Earl Grey, Lapsang Souchong, Fresh garden mint or Lemon Balm
Cost is £8 per person, or £5 per person for groups of 20 or more.