Introducing Head Gardener, Andrew Webb #ForgeFarmers

With the launch of FORGE just around the corner, and yes you guessed it… we’re not going to tell you exactly when! We’ve spent the last couple of months working closely with the estate gardeners and local farmers, planting, growing and rearing locally sourced produce to inspire head chef, Gareth Rayner and celebrate the ingredients growing on our doorstep!

With years of experience and passion for their produce we can’t wait to celebrate what they have grown at FORGE and we’re excited to taste the exciting dishes created by head chef, Gareth Rayner.

We’ve been super inspired by the #ForgeFarmers so much so we wanted to introduce them to you over the next couple of weeks!

Starting with our head gardener, Andrew Webb. Since leaving school he has always had a passion for horticulture. His interest over the years has grown along with the gardens he has created.

After a three-year apprenticeship, his first job was set in a private garden near Ilkley learning the intricate details and the key concepts of nurturing a Yorkshire garden. He then spent many years moving around the country working as a head gardener and estate manager. Ten years ago, Andrew decided to move back to his roots and focus on garden designing in North Yorkshire.

Back in 2012, he was tasked with designing the beautiful gardens surrounding the Main House and Coach House. Then in 2015, Andrew began the mammoth task of restoring the Kitchen Garden, designed by the renowned Tom Stuart-Smith.

Andrew and his team have cut, dug and planted Tom’s incredible design, creating one of the most magical Kitchen Garden’s we’ve ever seen! Filled with delicious produce to use in the busy kitchens, brimming borders and fresh fragrances, the garden blooms throughout the seasons, under Andrew’s watchful eye.

Andrew’s love for watching gardens grow has kept him in the industry for so long and he’s at his happiest during springtime, when everything begins to open and grow quickly. You can often find him in our Spring Garden - his favourite part of the Kitchen Garden.

Whether it’s in the blistering sunshine or a cold snap in winter, he’s always digging or planting somewhere on the estate, and when he’s not here he’s either tucking into a feast in his favourite Yorkshire pubs or exploring the dales on his motor-cycle.

Andrew has worked closely with head chef Gareth Rayner over the last couple of months and will continue to do so in the future, planting unusual ingredients for the restaurant and bringing him baskets of brimming foraged goods each morning!

If you’d like to be one of the first to make a reservation please email forge@middletonlodge or call us on 01325 377977.

An update from the Estate

Dear Friends & Family,
As part of our staged reopening on Thursday 23rd July, Middleton Lodge Estate will be implementing “contactless stays” in line with government social distancing guidelines.

It is looking absolutely beautiful here at the moment, and it’s a shame that we can’t allow you here yet - but by July it promises to be even better. We have space, we have fresh air, and sky, we have great food, the gardens are teaming with produce, we have gorgeous bedrooms to rest your weary heads in. We will be opening our restaurant (for residents only) at a safe distance - al fresco fine dining in a sprawling setting.

What is a contactless stay?

We have spent a lot of time thinking about how we can do this. Luckily one thing we have here in abundance is space - most of our bedrooms have their own private entrances straight into the gardens, so nobody will have to have to walk through communal areas.

Guests will be guided remotely through booking and check in prior to arrival. On arrival, all guests will have a temperature check at the new gatehouse, and be directed via a map to their private rooms. Each has it’s own private entrance and views of the gardens or parkland setting. Unwind in one of our fabulous roll top baths, with signature Noble Isle amenities proudly made in the British Isles. Order dinner in your room, or head over to our stretch tent in the Coach House courtyard for alfresco estate to plate at a distance. You might not see much of our staff, but rest assured they will be there, and available to help with anything that you might need.

If that’s not enough to tempt you, upgrades are available for rooms with hot tubs and wood burning stoves…

The great outdoors remains firmly open, and guests will have access to a selection of walking routes around the 200 acre estate and beyond. We also have our utterly beautiful Walled Gardens to explore (and are begging to be painted for any creative types - don’t forget your watercolours and easel!)

Click here to book now or you can buy as a voucher for a loved one to redeem later.

Our Mission

The Covid-19 outbreak continues to be a testing time for everyone, and we are delighted to be able to invite people back to our estate to share our beautiful Yorkshire countryside at a safe distance. The safety of all our staff and guests is paramount, and we are doing everything we can to ensure that people can come and feel safe and relaxed here.

Gift Vouchers

If you know someone who needs to get away from it all we do have vouchers available. You can boost the experience with dinner for two or a bottle of something delicious on arrival. Look out for special offers too on longer stays.

As always, Middleton Lodge Estate adheres to strict hygiene and safety guidelines. In addition to these we are taking extra precautions to limit interaction between staff and guests. We are also boosting deep cleaning practices. Though out of sight, the team will be available to assist guests with anything they might need during their stay via our new messaging service.

It should go without saying, but we do ask that any guests with any symptoms that could be attributable to Covid-19, or who may have been recently exposed to not come to the Estate. We also ask that you follow government guidelines for social distancing while you are here.

Thank you for your support during this difficult time, we have been so heartened with so many lovely messages from you all! We can’t wait to welcome you back.

Please take care and stay safe.

The Allison Family and Middleton Lodge Team x