Forward Planning for Effortless Catering
Before you arrive, we will always send you an updated list of recommended local pubs and restaurant. We also send the names of a few local butchers, farm shops and delicatessens: we are spoiled for choice in an area that boasts the Chatsworth Farm Shop, various Bakewell Pudding shops/delis in Bakewell, whilst in Ashbourne we have two great delis for for cheeses, pies and cakes and all things tempting and delicious: the Cheddar Gorge and Bramhall’s. Natural Choice is excellent for everything organic and ‘green’. In both the Cheddar Gorge and Bramhall’s you can now buy delicious fresh bread baked by the Dining Room on St John’s Street.
Nigel’s on Compton in Ashbourne sells excellent local meat and the meat from the White Peak Butchery in Tissington is something else again – not for nothing do some of our guests walk over every day to buy their next treat!
You may find a visit to the Chatsworth Farm Shop an essential rather than a luxury…
For any basic necessities you suddenly find you need, Janet Gosling in the pub/shop, will undoubtedly be able to help you. You could have a quick drink in the pub at the same time if you felt like it or even a bar meal. You can also always try us for the proverbial cup of sugar- we have a pretty well stocked kitchen and can usually lay our hands on most things you might find yourself without at the last minute.
And, when you return from the pub or the trails to cook your effortless casseroles and even steak & kidney pudding, we have the slow-cookers ready and waiting for action in each barn. However all this requires at least some energy output, however pleasurable. There are several recipe books to help.
For totally relaxed forward planning, who don’t you pre-order online with Waitrose (plenty of healthy and organic choices there as well as nice wines)? They will deliver here DE6 1QB any day, free as long as you spend over £50 – which doesn’t take long these days. If you arrange delivery in the 11-1 slot for the day you are arriving we will put it all away for you before you arrive.
On the other hand you can also order organic veg, fruit, meat and dairy products – even wonderful chocolate – from the local Riverford Sacrewell Most conveniently they deliver here on Fridays; we can take your order in, check it and put it away in your barn before you arrive, just as we do for Waitrose orders.
The system with Riverford for one-off orders is rather more personal than it is with the bigger Waitrose. Look online to choose what you would like but the actual order itself needs to be made by telephone on 01780 789700. Explain you are staying here at Orchard Farm and would like your food delivered at the same time as ours on the Friday you arrive. You can pay them by card over the phone, or send a cheque.
Our next door neighbour, Val Kirkham, has sold her TopNosh catering business but is still happy to do one-off meals for local people, and even more importantly, people like you staying in Parwich. Ring her on 01335 390 458 to discuss prices and what you might like.
You also now can pre-order a delicious homemade curry for the end of the week (hottish – let them know if you don’t want it too hot!). Ring Paul and Evie Burlinson on 01335 390488; you collect it from their Cottage on the Green between 5 and 7 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Finally, some more thoughts, if want to eat well but do not want any unnecessary exertion at all in the kitchen department: you could order frozen pre-prepared food (from comforting/homely to more exotic/celebratory from a firm we use ourselves a lot, and rate very highly: Cook.
It is rash to recommend someone you have not yet tried but we have been told on good authority that Life, Fork and Spoon is very well worth trying too. Please let us know what you think, if you do try them.
If you use either of these two ‘gourmet food suppliers’ do arrange for your order to be delivered the morning of your arrival and we will put it away in your freezer for you. In case you balk at the idea of frozen food being transported safely I can assure you that Cook and I’m sure the other, use very clever insulated packaging and our own orders have always arrived absolutely rock solid frozen.
John and Marion Fuller-Sessions Last reviewed 21st May 2013