The Rusty Chicken

The official blog from The Tudor Farmhouse

22 Jun Change Gear and Slow Down with Tudor Farmhouse’s new Car-Free Escape Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Free train station transfers, bicycle delivery, neighbourhood adventures, easy door-to-door walks and a selection of gourmet meals. Boutique hotel Tudor Farmhouse in Gloucestershire’s Forest of Dean has launched a Car-Free Escapefor those looking to ditch their motor and embrace a slower-pace of life for the weekend. The new two night break has been designed to ensure guests are liberated (not limited)...

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02 May A new coffee for breakfast….

We love the company we buy our coffee from - Ethical Addictions. They are based locally in Gloucester, which fits our 20 mile menu ethos, but more importantly they really are ethical. We've had the same coffee from them since I can't remember when (it's been that long!). We thought it was time to reassess our coffee purchases, and asked for...

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04 Feb Flower Arranging Courses

Josephine’s Fabulous Flowers supplies the hotel with unique and quirky flower arrangements using vintage and natural flowers locally grown wherever possible. We’ve teamed up with Jo to provide a range of workshops throughout the year so that you can create your own seasonal display for a variety of occasions. All workshops, including afternoon tea, cost £50 per person – also available as...

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04 Feb New 5 Course Lunchtime Tasting Menu

Our new 5 course Lunchtime Tasting Menu is here! As a special introductory treat we will be offering all our guests a complimentary glass of prosecco each when choosing the tasting menu in February. The Lunchtime Tasting Menu is available 7 days a week alongside our regular 3 Course Lunch Menu which still features our popular Sunday Roast every Sunday. Click link...

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30 Jun Wild Swimming Breaks!

The recent sunny weather has had us dreaming of lazy lunches, paddling, picnics and pooh sticks! If you’re looking for a summertime activity to cool you down, why not try one of our brand new Wild Swimming breaks; combining shady picnics (packed with local produce) with outdoor swims. There are plenty of wild swimming spots to choose from near the hotel-...

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24 Apr Afternoon Tea – perfect all year round!

Afternoon tea always feels like such a luxury. Just having the time to stop in the afternoon, and sit (either in front of a roaring log fire or out in the garden, depending on the weather) is such a treat in today's busy world. Our afternoon tea includes finger sandwiches, scones served with clotted cream and Preservation Society Raspberry Jam, and...

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20 Apr NEW – In Room Massage available!

We are delighted to announce that you can book a massage as part of your stay at the Tudor Farmhouse! Make your stay even more relaxing with a one hour therapeutic massage from one of our in-house masseurs. Subject to availability massages can be booked throughout the week. What better way to unwind after a busy day walking or on your bike!...

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17 Apr Hen Parties

The Forest of Dean is the ideal location for an active hen weekend, but you will all want some time to relax, eat and drink! Why not combine your other activities with a wonderful afternoon tea at the Tudor Farmhouse. Our afternoon tea includes finger sandwiches, scones and a selection of homemade cakes and desserts. Combined with your choice of fairtrade...

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11 Apr Baby Showers

Baby showers have crossed the Atlantic and are now all the rage in the UK. What a fantastic way to get family and friends together to celebrate your imminent new arrival! Afternoons tend to be the most popular time of day, and afternoon tea is ideally suited for such an occasion. Our Garden Room is ideal for such an event, and...

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24 Mar Springtime in the Forest of Dean

There's so much to do in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley this time of year!  Here are ten suggestions: 1. The Forest of Dean - 20 million trees The Forest of Dean is a place of myths and legends, rivers, outdoor pursuits and natural beauty. It contains 20 million trees, bordered by the Rivers Severn and Wye. Thanks to Nelson,...

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29 Nov Ask the Supplier – John Childs from Cowshill Farm

  We asked one of our long standing and favourite suppliers, John Childs from Cowshill Farm, about his 450 cattle and about their rare breed herds. Here’s his Q&A: Q: What are you most famous for? A: Forgotten and rare breeds of both pork and beef and for farming the old fashioned way.  Our most famous products are Pedigree Berkshire Pork - Pork...

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27 Nov Making sprouts sing!

Personally I love sprouts, but there are many perennial sprout dodgers out there who every year deny themselves the delight that is the good old Christmas sprout. This recipe should, in my view, change the opinions of even the most die hard sprout-avoider. The secret……. bacon and butter! Ingredients 500g sprouts cut in half 100g thick cut smoked streaky bacon cut into lardons 200g...

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21 Nov Christmas Celebrations.

We are ready and looking forward to the festive season again at the Tudor Farmhouse. A perfect venue for festive lunches and dinners we will be serving Turkey with all the trimmings 7 days a week throughout December. If you are looking to book a Christmas get together we have a special set menu for £27 for three courses (or £22 for...

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07 Nov New rooms

We’ve not rested on our laurels this summer.  We now have 4 newly refurbished Hatchling & Bantam Rooms for you to try out.  All have fantastic monsoon showers, digital TVs, Nespresso Coffee Machines and large bottles of Bramley bathroom products.  Two of the rooms (20 & 23) also have lovely roll-top baths.  These start from just £100 per night, we...

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07 Nov New Lunch Menu. 

Our new 20 mile lunch menu has just been launched.  Keeping our local ethos at its core the seasonal ingredients are grown in our kitchen garden or sourced locally.  Served from 12-2pm seven days a week it features classics like 10oz Flat Iron Steak, Wild Boar Sausages and Tagliatelle of Wild Mushrooms with fresh truffle as well as dishes taken...

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04 Nov A pat on the back for the team…

Its always amazing to receive recognition for what we do. This summer’s been a particularly busy one, picking up 3 Red Stars from the AA, winning Best South West Hotel at the Taste of the West Awards, and receiving The Good Hotel Guide’s “Editor Choice Award – Walking Hotel” all on top of our “English Hotel of the Year” award...

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05 Jul Wimbledon Afternoon Tea

To celebrate Wimbledon fortnight we are serving a special afternoon tea featuring our usual favourites but the ace has to be the tennis ball macaroons. Of course there's also strawberries and cream, and it's served with that other wimbledon classic, a cooling glass of Pimms. [caption id="attachment_19007" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Celebrating Local Produce at Tudor Farmhouse.[/caption] £12.50 pp available now until the end...

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14 Jun Region’s best local food producers meet for celebration lunch

Yesterday, to mark over 10 years of local sourcing, we hosted a celebration lunch our local food & drink producers. The area’s finest farmers, greatest growers and the best local artisan food producers who regularly supply the restaurant met to enjoy the fruits of their labour and share their passion for local produce with like-minded people. Amongst the guests were Angharad Underwood...

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05 May Spring Time Reds

Spring is finally here and we’ve just added a few delicious light and fruity reds to the wine list to complement Rob’s lighter spring menu. We are Pinot Noir nuts so no surprise to see 3 new Pinots, but we have also added a delicious and classy Cabernet Franc. Pure Cabernet Franc (Domanie de Brau) 2013 hails from Languedoc-Roussillon in South West...

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01 Dec Rob Cox’s Tudor Farmhouse Sausage Meat Stuffing Recipe

With only a few weeks to go until Christmas here's Rob's recipe for his delicious Sausage Meat Stuffing: Ingredients Serves 10 25g unsalted butter 125g onion, chopped 850g sausage meat 10g garlic, chopped 10g fresh sage, chopped 2g fresh thyme, chopped 2 egg yolks 100g fresh breadcrumbs Salt & pepper Method Heat the butter in a pan and gently cook the onions until soft and transparent, then leave to cool. Mix the onions...

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23 Nov Recipe – Cheesecake mousse, white wine poached apple, granola, rosemary oil

Rob's cheesecake mouse has been an instant hit on his new dinner menu.  Here's how it's done: Cheesecake 375g Philadelphia Cream Cheese 120g icing sugar 1 vanilla pod 500g double cream Whisk all ingredients until thick like whipped cream Place in a piping bag Apples 5 granny smiths 200g white wine (Sauvignon Blanc) 100g sugar Juice of 1 lemon Peel and parisienne the apples, then place with the rest of the ingredients in...

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17 Nov Foraging Dates for 2016

We're delighted to confirm Raoul's group foraging dates for 2016. Dubbed by The Guardian as “the Carluccio of the Wye Valley” our in-house forager Raoul van Den Broucke supplies the hotel with produce collected nearby and runs foraging expeditions that take guests off the beaten track. The crop depends on season and ranges from a wide variety of edible mushrooms, wild...

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14 Nov A warm welcome to our new Head Chef Rob Cox

We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Head Chef Rob Cox. Previously based in Manchester, as executive chef of Michael Caines at Abode, Rob has big ambitions for the restaurant. Rob says "Working at a celebrity restaurant was great, and I loved every minute of my seven years, but I want to build a name for myself now and...

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14 Nov Sawday’s English Hotel of the Year Award

We are thrilled to announce we have won the English Hotel of the Year award in the Sawday’s British Hotel awards. We’re absolutely delighted to win this award, particularly because Sawday’s guides are so well respected; they always seek out the unique and because they are inspection-led, readers know the quality is the best too. What makes this award so special is...

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13 Oct An interview with Judith and Colin from Tintern Parva Vineyard.

  We’re extremely lucky to have Parva Farm Vineyard, one of our wine suppliers, so close by in Tintern Chepstow. We caught up with Colin and Judith recently to ask them a few questions… What are you most famous for? Probably for our Bacchus wines as we have won many awards with them, both nationally and internationally. What makes it so special? The Bacchus grape...

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01 Oct We’ve won English Hotel of The Year 2016!

What a Week! We're delighted to announce that we have won the English Hotel of the Year in the Sawday’s British Hotel awards. We’re absolutely delighted to win this award, particularly because Sawday’s guides are so well respected. They always seek out the unique and because they are inspection-led, readers know the quality is the best too. To celebrate the award we had...

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13 Aug About our teas…

As its Afternoon Tea Week we thought you might be interested in finding out a little bit more about our extensive range of loose leaf tea which we source from the amazing Canton Tea Company. Canton Tea was founded in 2007 in London by Jennifer Wood and is based on the principle of sourcing teas direct from small, family-run farms. They...

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04 Aug New wines!

  Its been a busy month here.  We’ve been tasting, sniffing, debating, slurping, spitting (sometimes), eventually selecting and at last the new version of the wine list is ready…hope you like it!   We’ve been concentrating on our wines by the glass, improving the range and quality (where necessary) of the whites, reds and dessert wines.  We’re really pleased with the results and...

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30 Jul Revive the Sunday Drive

Whatever happened to "The Sunday Drive"?  A simple car or motorcycle trip taken purely for pleasure of leisure, typically on a Sunday where there is no rush and usually no destination. We're keen to revive this great tradition and have teamed up with the Glousestershire Echo to promote a Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Sunday drive with the Tudor Farmhouse...

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19 Jul Meet Raoul van den Broucke, foraging guru

Nothing is more rewarding than finding and hand-picking your own foods, then taking them back to the kitchen and experimenting with flavours to create something delicious, as 70-year-old forest forager Raoul van den Broucke explains Q - Where did you grow up and what was your route into foraging? A - I live in Monmouth but I grew up in Belgium and my grandmother...

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08 Jul Recipe – Elderflower, Bramley & Gage gin panacotta, lemon sorbet, ginger crumble

Our recipes are always very popular and its been ages since we posted one so sorry for the wait! We’ve recently contributed this recipe for a deliciously seasonal Elderflower, Bramley and Gin panna-cotta to the “A Taste of the West Country Recipe book” so we thought we’d give you a sneak peek. Hope you enjoy making and more importantly eating this lovely...

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20 May From the kitchen garden

It’s great to see Jeanie, our resident gardener, working her magic in the kitchen garden again this year. All her hard work gives the team in the kitchen the opportunity to add an extra touch of magic to the dishes, especially with the introduction of a few more interesting and unusual fruit and veg. From the exotic, lesser known garden gems, to the...

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