Friday, 24 August 2012

Food - glorious food!

While we love welcoming guests to our beautiful valley, the conversations that we have with guests on their departure are often a mine of interesting information and serve to remind us what makes our accommodation special.  Food featured strongly in yesterday’s departure discussion and following this lovely conversation I felt inspired to pass on this families thoughts and add in a few of my own for good measure.   This particular family have favoured hotels in the past and were new to the self-catering experience.  It had been something of a revelation to them and they loved the freedom that our cottages and their well equipped kitchens afforded.  Having just arrived back from my own self-catering holiday their enthusiasm for the ‘home from home’ experience resonated strongly.   We absolutely loved being able to choose what, when and how we ate – making up picnics for the day ahead was particularly brilliant saving us both money, time and crucially, ensuring that our very fussy daughter was well catered for! 

Although Hewenden is something of a rural retreat we are spoiled for choice when it comes to food.  Supermarkets, mini markets, butchers, grocers and deli’s allow you to stock up the fridge with both old favourites and more adventurous treats while the local take away’s make for a chilled out night in. 
Krave Deli in Wilsden does the most amazing sandwiches, breakfasts and cakes and The George in Cullingworth has recently been attracting a lot of complements from our guest (good food not fast food!).  Salts Mill is always a winner with their fabulous Diner serving amazing food in a unique and quirky setting while The Dog and Gun is a trusted favourite for good pub food around a roaring fire.  The local garden centre, Woodbank Nurseries, is only a matter of minutes away and is great for afternoon teas, lunches or Sunday breakfasts.
The brilliant bit about self-catering is that when you feel your belt beginning to pinch from delicious over indulgence you can go back to your cottage and redeem yourself with some simple home cooked food.   This, of course, is all made nice and easy by those lovely supermarket delivery people – place an on-line shop from home for delivery to Hewenden and Janet will receive the order and make sure that it’s in your cottage in time for your arrival – simples!
A family get together in No. 9 was made deliciously easy when Krave Deli stepped in to provide the food  - platters of anti-pasta, brushetta, salads, quiche, tiramisu and lots more goodies were brought to the house shortly before the celebrations  - what a good idea!

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