Learn to live off the land at Ashdown Park Hotel
Mushroom lovers are in for a treat this autumn, as East Sussex country house hotel Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club hosts a weekend of forest foraging and fine dining with freshly-picked mushrooms on the menu.
Taking place on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October, the foraging weekend will offer guests a chance to explore the forests of Ashdown Park’s 66-acre estate, with the Ashdown Forest Education Team on hand on Saturday afternoon to talk about natural habitats and how to live off the land.
As well as plenty of edible plants, vegetables, fruits and herbs, Ashdown Forest, which was originally a Norman deer-hunting forest, is also home to one of Europe’s largest herds of deer, foxes, badgers, birds and 34 species of butterflies.
After an afternoon outdoors on Saturday, guests can enjoy fireside tea and crumpets in Ashdown Park’s cosy drawing rooms, followed by a relaxed evening dining in the hotel’s two AA Rosette Anderida restaurant.
On Sunday, a mushroom expert will take everyone out foraging once again, explaining which edible mushrooms can be found in the forest, before executive head chef Andrew Wilson serves a stunning three-course lunch with a menu designed to showcase the foraged findings.
The menu includes a starter of mushrooms and eggs on toast with cheese glaze and Parma ham crumb and a main of beef sirloin, mushroom risotto, truffle and parmesan, all using whichever varieties of mushrooms have been picked that morning.
Dessert will be a delicious toffee and apple crumble, with toasted pecans and crème fraiche ice cream.
The full foraging weekend package is available from £209 per person, including one night’s accommodation, breakfast, tea and crumpets and table d’hote dinner on Saturday, mushroom luncheon on Sunday, and forest foraging on both days.
Non-resident guests are also able to join Sunday’s mushroom foraging and three-course lunch, which can be booked for £42.50 per person.
For more information and to book, call 01342 824988, www.ashdownpark.com