The Power of the Plant

Have you heard about our new vegan tasting menu at Forge? We’ve got to say it’s rather delicious! A nine-course tasting menu, full of freshly grown produce from the estate’s restored Kitchen Garden and surrounding land.

We’re talking wild garlic, woodland sorrel and fresh root veggies, all finding its way onto the dishes served at Forge. The menu will change seasonally but for now expect exquisite winter dishes, such as; beetroot tartar, heritage carrots, grilled cauliflower and one of our favourites, spiced squash, pumpkin seeds and leeks.

As we’re in the winter months, the menu is limited to what has been preserved after harvest, but thanks to the installation of the polytunnel, our chefs can grow produce that needs a warmer environment to grow, throughout the year. Come early Spring, the menu will change again focusing on produce that is ready to be picked at this time of year.

We took a seat by the fireside at Forge, tasting each of the nine courses, served on handcrafted ceramic pots with the most sensational vegan wine you really could ask for. The most magical part? You couldn’t tell the dishes were plant-based, from the charred broccoli, Jerusalem artichoke to the blackberry mess (yes with homemade egg-free meringue), there’s absolutely no compromises here.

Our estate sommelier, Lewis Allport, has also created a vegan wine flight to complement each dish, we caught up with him, over a glass of wine (of course!) to find out how he’s created the new vegan wine flight…

Can you tell us a little bit about the vegan wine flight as we’re super excited to try it!

Of course, so it’s basically six glasses of wine which have been handpicked to sit alongside Gareth’s menu. Starting with a glass of Argentinian wine, a traditional method from Ruca Malen, a producer whom is committed to sustainable viticulture and vegan wine. The flight then moves onto some classic and emerging appellations. A bone-dry herbaceous Sancerre to go with the broccoli and an off dry Marlborough Riesling for the cauliflower and sea vegetables dish.

Lewis, when we’ve tried to read up on vegan wine, we’ve really struggled to find anything! Where on earth have you managed to source the vegan wines for the Forge wine flight from?

Sourcing the wine has been interesting, I’m lucky enough to work with a range of local and national suppliers who have access to so many great wines who have helped with the process. There’s plenty of good vegan wines available but we’re about finding those unique, one-of-a-kind wines, which must also must with Gareth’s dishes.

Having never tasting a vegan wine before, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of difference in the texture or fragrances of the wine. What would you say the noticeable differences are?

That’s good, there shouldn’t be a difference really. The main difference is the way it’s made, each wine needs to be clarified and to do this most makers usually use a protein which contains isinglass, basically it’s a protein from fish bladders, they can in some cases use gelatine too! Vegan wine is created using a vegan friendly replacement ingredient, however producers don’t always like to declare the clarifying agent that’s why its difficult to source guaranteed vegan wine.

If you’re looking to taste the estate and try our new wine flight, please call us on 01325 377977 to make a reservation for Forge. Open for evening reservation only from Wednesday to Saturday.

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