Rest Awhile at Tythebarn House.

Many of our guests at Tythebarn House stay for one night to break up a long journey. “You’re halfway” they say, from everywhere it seems! Farleton Fell is the landmark on the M6, signalling your arrival and time to rest awhile with us here at Tythebarn House.

Maybe you would benefit from short break with us here at Tythebarn House. A quiet retreat and a respite from everyday life will leave you rested and relaxed.

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Autumn at Sizergh House and Gardens

Autumn is our favourite time to visit the gardens at Sizergh Castle. 

Glorious colours and long shadows, combined with the stunning planting and creative genius of head gardener Susan Rowley, make it a day out that lights up your soul as the nights draw in and winter approaches.

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Sticky Parkin and a Log Fire.

It’s a stormy Saturday morning , the fire’s crackling and glowing in the wood burner  at Tythebarn House B&B,  the leaves on the Russ have turned the most glorious autumn colours,  the clocks have turned back and it’s time to bake Yorkshire Parkin.

There’s something comforting about the rhythm of recipes through the seasons, and this one, reminiscent of bonfire night as a child, fits with November.  We had a family bakery, so it was Dad who came home from work with the soft and sticky Parkin for tucking into after hot dogs around the bonfire.

This year mine has three days to mature before the 5th, when we wrap up warm, walk down to The Smithy Inn for the village display, then back to feast on Cake!  The slightly crisp top turns sticky and soft and the spices mellow and combine with treacle to give that unforgettable ‘bonfire night’ flavour. Continue reading “Sticky Parkin and a Log Fire.”

Roly Poly Pudding, Kittens and Japanese TV

 Whose made a nice old-fashioned pud lately?
This one was made during filming with Japanese National TV for a series on Beatrix potter. Inspired by ‘The Tale of Samuel Whiskers’, Beatrix Potter had them rolling up a Kitten! Try this version with currants – it’s easy, very tasty and doesn’t involve kittens!
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It’s Jam Time at Tythebarn House

A Sunshine Summer at last at Tythebarn House B&B and our allotment raspberries are loving it.   The picking season had only just swung in to action the day I picked these and I had no bag with me.  Having watched Rick Stein’s India the evening before I took a tip from another land and tucked them inside a large cabbage leaf to carry home.

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The great thing about this perfect jam fruit is it’s so easy, there’s no peeling or stalk removing once picked.  Just a quick rinse, then on to the scales, layer up with the sugar and leave your glorious pink, pan full of goodness to itself for a few hours.

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Tales from The Canal Bank: June – The sound of leather against willow…..

The sound of leather against willow on a summer Saturday afternoon and a walk along the Lancaster Canal from Tythebarn House B&B in Holme has a nostalgic feel to it.  Over the hedge are the cricketers, distinctive in white and cheering each other on to victory. Just some of the canal-side characters we have here in Holme.

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In days gone by the local characters would be seen on the canal as well as beside it.  As a corridor for trade between Lancaster and Kendal  it was a busy stretch especially around Holme Mills where coconut matting, and later Goodacre Carpet, was manufactured.  A ring tie  along the way is a reminder of those times when a  boat would have moored up.  Their horse tethered,  with nosebag attached, to rest awhile . Continue reading “Tales from The Canal Bank: June – The sound of leather against willow…..”