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Well, we made it. After a winter that broke all the records for bad weather, we’re finally seeing signs that Spring is on the way in Sissinghurst. The sun has been streaming through the windows at The Milk House over the past few days, and we’re now looking forward to a season of lambing, ducklings, daffodils and, as ever, plenty of local ales!
Now the clouds have made way for blue skies and green shoots are popping up all over the countryside, we’re making plans to get our beautiful garden ready for warmer days. We can’t help thinking ahead to those longer, lighter evenings when it doesn’t seem too optimistic to order a Pimms… For now we’re looking forward to Shrove Tuesday, Mother’s Day and Easter – we have lots lined up to make sure you’ll enjoy these occasions with us!
On Shrove Tuesday, the chefs will be flipping pancakes and filling them with both sweet and savoury options. Come and indulge between 9.30am and 9.30pm. Of course our Classic and Dining menus will be available too so even if you have ambitious plans for Lent, we advise you to cast aside all thoughts of self-denial for now. There’ll be no abstaining at The Milk House on Tuesday!
Get a Moove on dad… because it’s also less than a month until Mother’s Day on Sunday 30 March. Alongside our Sunday lunch menu, we’ll be offering Sunday roasts carved at your table, just like at home but you won’t have to do the washing up! Choose between a leg of Spring lamb or a delicious casserole of coq au vin, served with a selection of seasonal local vegetables and a scrumptious selection of Mother’s Day treats. We all know she deserves to be spoilt so book before it’s too late!
In general news, our Mid-Winter Dining menu remains popular and our team continues to evolve. Joe McAuley has assumed the role of General Manager and he continues to work on the day-to-day running of The Milk House. His dedication to making sure we continue to pursue excellence in a welcoming, comfortable environment is remarkable and, if you haven’t had the chance already, we hope you will meet him when you next visit. Sadly, after helping us out for the last four months, our wonderful House Keeper Veronica is moving back to be with her family – we are on the look out for a replacement but we will miss her enormously!
Finally, we could hardly send this newsletter without letting you know that we recently had the privilege to host Countryfile for lunch, following their shoot with Kentish Cheeses from Staplehurst. Using the fruits of the team’s afternoon, our chef created a delicious salad of Kentish Blue cheese, Moons Green pork loin, rocket and pear, with an apple & rapeseed dressing. The crew enjoyed their lunch in our Dining Room and we were all delighted to meet presenter John Craven. The episode is set to air on Sunday 2 March at 7pm on BBC1 – we’ll be watching and hope you might too!
We hope you have a chance to make the most of the good weather. Take a leisurely stroll through the fields, admire the flowers, marvel at the birdsong – and make sure you join us for a drink or two afterwards!