Yorkshire Life Readers Event - Garden tour and three course lunch at Middlethorpe Hall

PUBLISHED: 17:31 15 March 2013 | UPDATED: 21:12 05 April 2013

Yorkshire Life Readers Event - Garden tour and three course lunch at Middlethorpe Hall

Yorkshire Life Readers Event - Garden tour and three course lunch at Middlethorpe Hall

Join us for a delicious lunch and private tour of the beautiful gardens at Middlethorpe Hall, York

This is a golden opportunity to enjoy a relaxing day with some of the Yorkshire Life team and learn more about the restoration of the gardens of one of the National Trusts stunning properties. The date is May 24th, the time 10.30am and the ticket price is 54.50 per person, 10 of which goes to St Leonards Hospice, York.


Middlethorpe Hall dates back to1699 and was built for Thomas Barlow, a master cutler from Sheffield.


It was bought in the 1980s and reopened as a luxury hotel, restaurant and spa in 1984 by Historic House Hotels.


In September 2008, Middlethorpe Hall became property of the National Trust by donation, with all profits benefiting the house and the charity.


The gardens surrounding Middlethorpe Hall have been extensively restored and replanted. Your guide is head gardener David Barker who will take you on a tour of the Walled Kitchen Garden, the Rose Garden and White Garden before a three-course summer lunch prepared by head chef Nick Evans is served.


The Walled Kitchen Garden holds herb beds, fruit trees and a mellow brick dovecote, now used as a wine cellar. The walls themselves shelter peaches, pears, apples and plums.


The Rose Garden is noted for its wide stone path lined with lavender and for the tall razor sharp yew hedge that surrounds it. The White Garden with its high holly hedge on one side and the kitchen garden wall on the other, is planted with white flowering plants such as Wisteria floribunda with Agapanthus campanulatus albus below, but also has blue Ceanothus clipped to the wall.


Lunch is sure to be first class under the supervision of head chef Nick Evans who first joined Middlethorpe Hall in 1991 as a comis chef when he was just 19. He left to gain wider experience before returning to Middlethorpe in 2006 to run the kitchens and to design menus for the fine dining restaurant, as well as for meetings and banqueting events.


We are especially happy to be able to support St Leonards Hospice, York, which is a much valued charity caring for people with life-threatening illnesses. Skilled and specially-trained staff give in-patient palliative care in a purpose-built unit with 20 beds and day care at the hospice for people living in their own homes. St Leonards also runs a Hospice@Home service.

How to book your place

The day starts with morning coffee and homemade biscuits served at 10.30am.


The garden tour begins at 11am and is followed by Pimms cocktails on the terrace and a three-course luncheon with wine.


Payment is requested in full at the time of booking. Refunds will be made on cancellations made up to 48 hours before the event.To book please call Middlethorpe Hall on 01904 661301.


We anticipate demand will be high for this reader lunch and tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

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