Monthly Archives: June 2014

Elderflower Cordial – still time to make some

It is not too late to make your own Elderflower cordial.  Elderflowers bloom around the end of May, but it is a short season, so get out now and make sure you pick the most beautiful blooms. Follow this simple recipe, we have tried a number and found this to be the best, and you will be assured of some fabulous cordial to serve at all your summer parties.  It will keep for 2-3 months in the fridge, or alternatively, freeze it in plastic bottles for an all year round supply.


1.5kg caster sugar


2 lemons

50g citric acid

25 elderflower heads

Sugar and 1.5 litres of water into a large pan and bring to the boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and cool slightly.  Slice the lemons and put into a large plastic bowl.  Add the washed elderflower heads to the lemons, with the citric acid*.  Pour over the cooled sugar syrup.  Cover and leave overnight.  Sieve and strain through muslin into sterlised bottles and store in the fridge.

To serve, dilute to taste with still or sparkling water.  Or add to Champagne for a special occasion.

*Mary Berry recommends adding 2 Campden tablets at this point, they are used in home beer making to kill bacteria and inhibit wild yeast and will extend the life of your cordial.

Taste Pop Up Summer Tea Rooms

It has been a year since we hosted our sold out vintage afternoon tea, in aid of Naomi House & Jack’s Place.  As we have had so many requests to host another, we thought we would offer you two opportunities to relax and enjoy our afternoon teas.

Our first event – we will be opening a vintage tea rooms on Sunday 8th June 2014 from 11am till 2pm –  at The Manor Barn, WInterbourne Stoke .  Hampshire Bridal Boot Fair will be hosting their first Bridal Boot Fair in Wiltshire and we will be offering all their weary buyers and sellers a well earned cup of tea and slice of our delicious homemade cake in our ‘pop up’ tea room.  We will be showcasing our beautiful vintage china, which is available to hire for all types of parties including weddings.

Our second event – will be by kind invitation of Oaktrack Smallholding, Charlton Down, SP11 OJA. Tina Wells and family will be opening their small holding to the public on Tuesday 1st July between 12 noon and 3pm and we will be offering afternoon tea in the orchard (or in the beautifully cleaned out piggery if the weather’s inclement!).  Once you’ve had all you can eat and drink, Tina will show you round the smallholding and you’ll have the chance to purchase her plants, preserves and beautifully hand reared meats.

afternoon tea