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Archive for February, 2013

Black Treacle & Stem Ginger Cake

For many of our guests this cake is in the running for their very favouriteEvery changeover day I make something for our Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns guests arriving that afternoon, and in the interlude, John, Janet and Carol or whoever’s helping us that day will also all enjoy a slice or two before our guests [...]

Comments from a Canine Guest Blogger

…Rocky…We get many beautiful dogs visiting Tom’s Barn with their owners: many rescue dogs, many mongrels and many very aristocratic pedigrees. We don’t as far as we know have many literate ones, so were very pleased to see that Rocky, an English Springer Spaniel who stayed recently, wrote in our Tom’s Barn Visitors’ book last [...]

The Sad Saga of the Douglas’s Barn Boiler

…Finally, a Happy Ending…Definitely a Friday afternoon model, the – to all intents and purposes ‘excellent’ boiler in Douglas’s Barn – has always been temperamental and it staged its final tantrum last Friday night (15th February). Now, exactly a week later and with a new boiler installed, serenity has been restored after what has been [...]

Tamarind Date Comfort Food

Another cake in the running for favouriteDan Lepard’s Tamarind Date Cake from the Guardian. Dan Lepard, whose recipe from the Guardian this is, unashamedly calls it ‘The best date cake in the world ever’, and equally unashamedly, as someone who bakes and eats it quite frequently, I would agree wholeheartedly. It is extremely delicious and [...]

Pride Comes Before a Fall!

…May we be forgiven for being so pleased about our QiT Inspection report…‘Phew!’ I turned to John as we thankfully sat down yesterday evening after a typically busy Friday, ‘I do love that moment when one can at last sit down and relax, knowing that both lots of guests have arrived and are happily settled [...]

Our QiT Inspection Report

…We didn’t dream it after all! Five Stars and a Gold Award for Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns…Our inspection report has arrived, and yes, we did not dream the Five Stars nor the Gold Award (one does begin to wonder…) We are informed that we may, at our discretion, make our inspection report available publicly; we [...]

A Great Local Walk in the Sunday Times

From Hartington to The George at Alstonefield where you’ll find the ‘best pub food in the Peak District”Two local pubs hit the headlines today. The Sycamore, our Parwich pub, has been declared winner of the rural pub of the year category by The Ashbourne sub-branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). While the Sycamore [...]

Five Stars and a Gold Award for Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns

Here is the evidence! A little piece of card, written in biro, which gives us the opportunity for a little bit of relieved trumpet blowing, or sharing of good news. We had our annual Visit England Quality in Tourism (QiT) Inspection yesterday. One never likes to be too confident but quietly we were reasonably sure [...]