Catering business collaborates with Lane End Farm Trust to host unique supper club
“I must have died and gone to heaven,” exclaimed my friend as she sipped her damson gin and cava cocktail and gazed at the rolling green hills of Derbyshire on a sunny Friday evening. And as two proud locals with a passion for food, the best was yet to come.
We’d been invited to try out the first in a series of pop-up dinners called All Round to Ours, prepared by Peak District Deli and hosted by Lane End Farm Trust at Beltonville Farm near Tideswell. With many of the ingredients having come from the farm and the rest from nearby suppliers, this unique dining experience was a celebration of local produce, as well as a fundraising event for Lane End Farm Trust.
Based on a working dairy farm, the charity helps disabled and disadvantaged young people to connect with nature and develop skills through a number of activities such as gardening and animal care. Headed by James Mountain, Lane End Farm Trust was set up 11 years ago and recently moved to it’s current home at Beltonville Farm.
Our meal was prepared and served in a wooden outhouse – fully kitted out with a kitchen and dining area. After enjoying some cocktails in the sunshine, 20 guests sat down at two long tables, lined with candles and vases of wildflowers. Ralph and Lauren Wilson may have been the chefs, but they were only too happy to come front of house to warmly welcome everyone.
My dining companion’s starter was a smoked Ladybower trout and horseradish pate, while I had the vegetarian Peak District Deli labneh with mint and lemon thyme – both served with balsamic beetroot and Wye Bakehouse sourdough croute. The labneh was creamy and had a zingy lemon kick to it and was the perfect way to get the juices flowing for the main.
My friend’s main was porchetta, reared by Lane End Farm, with a herb and apricot stuffing, plenty of crispy crackling and mine was a puff pastry Wellington, filled with spinach, pine nuts, mushrooms and beetroot. Both were served with roasted garlic and rosemary new potatoes and a mixed leaf salad, which we saw James picking in the garden moments before sitting down to eat – it doesn’t get fresher than that.
The dessert was a creamy honey, yoghurt and Cocoa Elora chocolate cheesecake with a rhubarb compote. The final course of the night was a cheeseboard including Stanage Millstone, Hartington Stilton and Whitmore ewes cheese.
James and Sophie Summerlin, creators of the Stanage Millstone – a smooth and creamy brie with a strong kick – were in attendance and made a speech about how the business based at Cow Close Farm in Hathersage has got to where it is today.
The meal was rounded off with a few cafetieres of aromatic Peang Thai Coffee, which though sourced in northern Thailand, is supplied through their head quarters in Buxton. The coffee is not only full-flavoured and delicious, but ethically grown, as the company are against deforestation and the proceeds go directly to the farmers and their families.
We’re living in a time when experiences are valued more than possessions and when local produce is the sign of a high-quality meal. Peak District Deli and Lane End Farm Trust know this well and have created an unforgettable evening.