And Finally, we open Forge.

 

 

 

Timeless, elemental, imperfect, sensorial & seasonal.

Tonight’s the night.

As we light the last candle at Forge our new restaurant is complete.

Filled with flickering wax candles a roaring fire, handpicked antiques and rustic interiors, our new restaurant is ready to welcome its first guests.

Head Chef, Gareth Rayner has created a nine-course tasting menu, with each dish influenced by an element of the estate, from the fresh growing produce in the Kitchen Garden to the earthy ingredients found in the woodlands. Expect anything from sorrel to the fresh wild nettles to be on your plate.

Gareth has worked closely with the estate Gardener’s and local farming community to grow and nurture the best ingredients he can. Our favourite has to be the cornfed duck with garden elderberry vinegar, followed by apples picked from the orchard and caramelised, served alongside brown butter ice cream and a creamy duck egg custard. Utterly delicious.

Working alongside the chef team, the estate sommelier, Lewis Allport has spent the last year sourcing a range of individual wines to complement each dish. He has also curated a delicious wine flight to be served alongside each course, changing daily to match the flavours from the everchanging ingredients of each course.

Everything from the food, the glassware, crockery to the music quietly playing has been carefully curated by James and Rebecca Allison, alongside Gareth. Creating the perfect scene for this culinary story to be shared.

Forge will be open Wednesday to Saturday for evening reservation only. To book your table please call us on 01325 377977 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

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