We are now preparing a larger range of our own oven ready freezer meals. We are still offering our vegetarian range of meals (Mushroom Stroganoff, Puy Lentil Bolognese and Butternut Squash & Chick Pea Tagine) and our best selling Posh Fish Pie, and have now added the following new meals:
Fruity Chicken Curry (GF)
Lemon & Ginger Chicken (GF)
These can all be cooked in the oven from frozen, or can be defrosted before cooking. Our meals are made from fresh ingredients rather than using pre-prepared sauces, so are packed full of real flavours. Some of you found our previously bought-in meals a bit salty, so making our own meals means that we can reduce these salt levels and enjoy the great taste of the food.
To complete your meal we also have Berry Meringue Roulade (defrost and serve) as well as Toffee Apple Crumble and Salted Caramel Brioche Bread and Butter Pudding – both of which require oven cooking.
All our freezer meals, sweet and savoury, are useful to have in the freezer for those days when you can’t be bothered to cook, or are faced with an empty fridge!
We have replenished our supply of whole frozen pheasant and whole frozen wild mallard which are a useful back-up to have in the freezer. As the shooting season is now drawing to a close these will probably be the last we get until November. However, as soon as we have a bit of freezer space available we will be offering local venison again as this proved to be very popular.
We’ve also freshened up our grocery shelves with some delicious new products which includes: Borderfields rapeseed oil, gluten-free hollandaise, horseradish or dill & mustard sauces, vegan mayonnaise, flavoured vinegars, roasted red peppers, preserved lemons, stuffed vine leaves, beetroot ketchup, avocado and lemon mayo and more…. We also still stock our best selling giant naan breads as well as curry sauces, and of course we can’t forget our wonderful free-range organic eggs from nearby Sandystones Farm.
A regular highlight is the arrival of fresh bread on Wednesdays and Saturdays. We are now getting in Toasted Sunflower and Pumpkin Seed Sourdough as well as Plain Sourdough, and we also have slices of Focaccia delivered fresh each Saturday. Customers are beginning to place regular orders so that they don’t miss out – if you want to order bread on a regular or just on a one-off basis just call on 01835 830315. If you have any special orders for get-togethers or larger family meals just give us a couple of days notice so we can order in for you. The large focaccias topped with chilli peppers and bacon are highly recommended!!
From this weekend we are starting a series of two-course winter warmer lunches featuring lovely traditional comfort food. These are available by pre-booking only and are served at 1pm on Saturdays and Sundays throughout January and into the beginning of February. Why not go for a good walk first, then come to Woodside for 1pm for your lunch? You could also meet up with friends (a maximum of 3 households indoors under current Covid rules) and on a nice day you could even choose to sit outdoors.
The price is £15 which includes a cup of tea or coffee and the menu options for various dates are below:
January 8th & 9th – Three-cheese Macaroni Cheese (V) & Syrup Sponge Pudding & Custard
January 15th & 16th – Pheasant & Shallot Casserole with Dumplings, & Bread & Butter Pudding
January 22nd & 23rd – Chilli con Carne with Rice, & Sticky Toffee Pudding
January 29th & 30th – Chick Pea and Sweet Potato Curry (V) with Naan Bread, & Toffee Apple Crumble
February 5th & 6th – Sausage-meat Stovies, & Chocolate Sponge Pudding
Please book by phoning 01835 830315
Sticky Toffee Pudding
There is a bit of a story around our Sticky Toffee Pudding (served on 22nd & 23rd January). For as long as I’ve known Stephen – about 30 years – he’s been going on and on about the best sticky toffee pudding in the world that he used to get when he worked as an apprentice gardener at the Sharrow Bay Hotel on Ullswater in the Lake District. None has ever matched this in all the years we’ve been eating out together and it’s become a bit of a long standing joke between us. However this year I surprised him at New Year by finding the original Sharrow Bay Hotel recipe and baking it for all the family. Now I’m no baker, but I have to say it was a triumph, and it has Stephen’s seal of approval as being the “real thing”, so I’m delighted to have scribbled the recipe down and brought it to Woodside for our kitchen staff here to make. Look out for it being featured fairly regularly on our forthcoming menus as it it absolutely gorgeous. I hate to say it, but Stephen – you were right!
Our first Late Night Shopping Evening took place this week, with many customers enjoying browsing in our shop and selecting their Christmas Tree from our new floodlit shopping area. We have two more dates for Late Night Shopping :
Thursday 2nd December 4pm – 6pm
Thursday 9th December 4pm – 6pm.
No need to book, just turn up on the night and take your time to chat with us and enjoy a leisurely browse.
If you hand over a full loyalty card on any of these Late Night Shopping Evenings you can enjoy a free mulled punch (non-alcoholic version also available) and a complimentary homemade mince pie.
Christmas Afternoon Tea
We are also hosting Christmas Afternoon Teas with dates to coincide with our shopping evenings so that you can come into the shop and browse after your afternoon tea. To book please call on 01835 830315 The cost is £12.50 per person for:
Homemade turkey, cranberry and chestnut sausage roll, smoked salmon sandwich, homemade spiced apple, cranberry and orange scone, slice of Homemade Christmas cake, Millionaires shortbread and a homemade lemon tart with tea or coffee (or a cold drink).
We have a vegetarian option too, so please let us know when you book if you would like this and if you have any food intolerances or allergies.
Christmas Trees for sale
Our Cut Nordmann Christmas Trees have arrived this week. We have sizes available from 4ft to 8ft, and hope to get a couple of 9-10ft trees in by Thursday this week. Demand is expected to be high again this year, following a record breaking season last Christmas for us, so don’t leave it too late to get your tree. Don’t forget that you can buy now and collect nearer Christmas. We also have a range of different sizes of Christmas Tree stands, so stop all that messy fiddling about with bricks and buckets, and wonky trees!
We also have a range of potted Christmas trees that can be planted out or potted on after Christmas.
We’ve had two new deliveries of statues and garden ornaments over the last couple of weeks, with quite a few new items now in stock. Look out for new birdbaths, cast iron “Musical Mice”, Greenman Wall Plaques (we had these in stock briefly in the summer before they all sold out!), dogs, cats, hedgehogs, otters, hares and more……
Christmas for your dog
Talking of dogs, we’ve had a top-up order of our popular dog treats from Green and Wilds, and have now extended our vegan range of treats. We also now have Santa Sacks for dogs, so that your best friend has a happy Christmas too.
Much more in store
A pretty range of aluminium painted robins arrived today, which are suitable for indoors or outdoors, and we have our little stone sparrows also back in stock.
Groceries have taken a seasonal turn, and we now have available an attractive range of chocolatey and nutty food items, as well as curry sauces and naan breads. Winter treats include packs of dates, dark chocolate covered ginger, English Russet and Bramley apples, our own home-grown Jerusalem artichokes, parsnips, beetroot and clementines. Our grocery shop is open every day 10am – 4pm and will also be open late until 6pm on the next three Thursday evenings. Don’t forget we have freshly baked sourdough bread available every Wednesday and Saturday. These keep well, and freeze well too, so get stocked up for Christmas.
I’ve also started making wreaths today for doors and for graves, and I’ll do my best to keep up with demand! To be sure you get yours you can order now for collection nearer Christmas – just phone on 01835 830315 to let us know your requirements.
There are new items arriving every day, and although our shop is small, it’s absolutely jam-packed with gifts, decorations, birdfood and so much more, so do take the time to come along and have a look…….
To celebrate our new kitchen, Pat has been busy baking from new recipes that we’ve discovered over the winter which we think you will love.
Look out for:
Rhubarb and Lemon Curd Cake, made with our own rhubarb
Sumptuous Chocolate Cake
Limoncello Biscuits – inspired by my love of Italy and also by one of the few liqueurs I actually like. Not to be wasted on the children!
Bounty Bar Cake – this is definitely one you can give the children. A delicious loaf cake combining chocolate and coconut.
Chocolate Guinness Cake – another delightfully boozy cake to boost your calorie intake after a good walk around the plant centre.
Don’t worry – we still have our old favourites such as Sticky Lemon & Ginger cake, Chocolate Roulade, Really Carrotty Carrot Cake and Lemon Meringue Roulade, and we continue to have a selection of gluten free cakes too.
We look forward to seeing you soon
Our annual equestrian theatre performance is nearly here!
“The Age of the West” is a unique production, performed by Equestrian Theatre Scotland, in the garden at Woodside. It is a one-off performance taking place next weekend on Saturday 10th August, and features stunning horses and talented riders, fresh from filming “Outlander” and who can also be spotted in “Game of Thrones” and in the recent film “Mary, Queen of Scots”. You may also see performing dogs and we are sometimes lucky enough to enjoy the performance of a talented goat! Combined with live music, a freshly prepared buffet supper, and an attractive setting in the garden – what more could you wish for?!
Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased by calling during our opening times of 10-5, or you can call into the Plant Centre and pay in person. We accept all major cards except American Express. Tickets are £18 for adults, £12 for children and £50 for a family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children). The ticket price includes a two-course buffet.
We are anticipating that this show will once again be a sell-out (we have been hosting the equestrian theatre for a number of years now) so please note that you will not be able to purchase tickets at the door.
Gates open at 6.15pm, with the buffet served from 6.30pm. The show starts at 7pm.
You are advised to bring something to sit on, such as a picnic blanket or deck-chair as we have limited seating, and also to bring with you everything you might need for an evenings outdoor entertainment (umbrella, midge repellent, sun glasses etc).
This year we have purchased two large gazebos, so there will be a certain amount of undercover seating in case of rain.
Don’t forget to book your tickets by calling us on 01835 830315 and have your card details handy. It should be a wonderful evening’s entertainment.
Who fancies freshly dug new potatoes at Christmas? We now have a range of potatoes, specially selected for their autumn performance which can be planted now from now up until September for them to be ready in December. They take approximately 12 weeks from planting to harvest.
Varieties available: Charlotte, Pentland Javelin, Sharpe’s Express, Maris Peer, and Arran Pilot.
I didn’t get chance to trial these myself last year, as they sold out so quickly. I’ve ordered more this year so hopefully I’ll get to plant some in my own busy vegetable garden.
This Friday is another of our dining dates at Woodside, when our Birdhouse Tearoom becomes the Kailyaird Restaurant for the evening, catering mainly for vegetarians, but with an option for meat eaters. This week’s delicious menu features lots of home-grown produce from my garden, including beetroot, salad leaves, Arran Pilot potatoes and agretti, which is an Italian herb with a flavour similar to samphre. To book a table please phone on 01835 830315 – tables are available to book from 7pm.
Menu 19th July
Mushroom and freshly picked tarragon soup served with rye bread and garlicky tarragon butter
Smoked salmon pate, topped with freshly picked agretti and served with g/f sweet potato biscuits
Freshly picked baby beetroot and goat’s cheese salad with balsamic dressing
Fennel and chickpea stew served with creamy oven baked potatoes scattered with fresh rosemary
Mediterranean fish bake with courgettes, black olives, tomatoes and freshly picked herbs, served with fresh tagliatelle
Spicy bean chilli served with rice and a cooling soured cream and courgette “slaw”
Slow cooked pork belly in cider and sage leaf, with baby carrots, peas and creamy oven baked potatoes
Strawberry mousse cheesecake with fresh strawberries and cream
Black Forest chocolate log with fruit infused soured cream
Raspberry and hazelnut meringue “Eton Mess”
Cheese, home-made chutney and biscuits
Gluten free, vegan diary free options available – please let us know when you book
We have a good selection of interesting soft drinks available to purchase, but currently do not have a license to serve alcohol. If you wish to bring your own wine you are more than welcome – the corkage fee is £2 per bottle.
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Hello from a busy Woodside, with lots of new deliveries of plants, furniture, roses, compost and much more arriving daily keeping us all on our toes!
After glorious weather this bank holiday we are now getting restocked and this week we are getting deliveries of: herbs, strawberries, herbaceous plants, bedding plants, roses (which are late in this year due to banking issues with TSB – apologies to all who have been waiting for them), shrubs, 13cm Rockery and Herbaceous plants at 3 for £10, cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes.
Naomi and the tearoom team have also had a busy time, and the oven has been full of delicious cakes ready to serve and enjoy. Look out for our new Pimms Cake for ultimate indulgence!
I’ve also got some dates for your diary:
Friday 11th May – Evening Dining in the Kailyaird Restaurant. – see menu below. Please book a table on 01835 830315.
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Saturday 12th May – Basket Making Workshop with Roger Ingledew. We still have some spaces left for this popular workshop, which requires no previous experience. Roger will provide all the materials and tuition you need to create a basket to take home and show off! £60 per person including lunch. 10am – 3pm. A great way to spend a day. Please book by phoning 01835 830315
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Tuesday 22nd May – Volunteer day in the Woodside Garden for Wildlife and Wellbeing. Come along to an informal session in our newly re-launched charity garden, find out how you can help as a volunteer, and enjoy some light gardening work under the direction of our gardener Joanne. FREE. Please call us on 01835 830315 to let us know some idea of numbers. 10am start – flexible finish time!
Saturday 16th June – Willow weaving workshop with Roger Ingledew. Make a willlow wig-wam for all your climbing plants. Again, you don’t need to have any experience and all materials, tuition, and lunch are all provided for £60 per person. 10am – 3pm. Book by phoning 01835 830315
Saturday 14th July – Equestrian Theatre at Woodside “The Age of Nottingham”. Unique entertainment featuring beautiful Fresian and Andalusian horses, suitable for adults and children. Ticket price includes a two-course buffet supper. Gates open at 6.30pm. Adults £18, under 16’s £12. Family ticket £50. Tickets available soon.
Kailyaird Restaurant Menu – 11th May
Starters: Warm pear, walnut and parmesan salad, Roasted garlic and chickpea pate with garlicky oatcakes, or Pea and pesto soup with rye bread
Main courses: Slow cooked Moroccan lamb stew with spiced cous-cous, Mushroom risotto, Spiced halloumi on a bed of warm puy lentils, with a spinach and beetroot salad, or Thai style root vegetable casserole.
Puddings: Chocolate mousse, Rhubarb and ginger brulee, Pimms jelly or cheese and biscuits.
Please phone to book a table. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements when booking. If you can’t make it this week to our evening restaurant our next date is May 25th.
See you soon,