Summer has been busy for us at Otley Chevin B&B. As well as hosting lots of lovely guests, the enormous gardens have been a source of joy, as well as much hard work. Elderflowers were picked and cordial made and now we are enjoying a bumper crop of runner beans, courgettes and tomatoes. Bilberries foraged from above the house on the Chevin have been featuring on the breakfast menu in the form of bilberry buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup and crispy bacon. We are now in the middle of blackberry season and with some apples ready in our orchard, blackberry and apple compote has been on the breakfast table every day. Blackberries are also languishing in kilner jars with sugar and gin, to make a delicious blackberry gin in time for Christmas.
The new chairs and tables on the terrace have been enjoyed by guests taking a Pimms or glass of Rose in the summer sun and enjoying the beautifuviews.
The garden is at it’s best just now and eating alfresco is a daily occurance. The pizza oven is being put to good use and dining guests can almost imagine they are on the Riviera with this glorious weather sitting on the vine covered terrace, eating fresh seafood and focaccia. They can enjoy their breakfast alfresco too.
Next Saturday marks the start of the Otley walking festival week and on Wednesday 28th the annual cycling road race will be flying past the end if the drive and zooming through Otley.
Our new apiary is under construction. Chevin Bee Friends will be managing a number of hives in our field on the side of the Chevin. Guests will soon be able to enjoy honey with zero air miles! More news and pics soon.
Here are some shots from around the place this week.
Otley walking festival begins on 24th June and runs until 2nd July. With a choice of 45 walks and events every day and evening of the festival.
This great view of Otley is one of many when you take a walk up on to the Chevin through our private gate. There is currently B&B availability from 25th to 30th June and 2nd July.
Don’t miss the Annual Otley Food and Drink Festival. Sunday 16th July. Free entry, great food and produce for sale, Street food of all kinds, music and entertainment. Not to be missed. Both suites still available for this weekend.
Summer has arrived at Otley Chevin B&B. The wild garlic is almost finished, but I have preserved plenty for our enjoyment over the coming months.
Edulis foraging came over from Leeds recently and ten lovely people spent an afternoon foraging on the Chevin and then we all cooked pizzas on the terrace using some of the finds. I made wild garlic flower fritters with wild garlic pesto and a good time was had by all.
Our latest additions for guests have been chunky white chocolate cookies in gift bags on the welcome trays and homemade Scotch eggs in the picnic bags. We are always coming up with new little extras for your enjoyment
The herb garden is absolutely bursting now and the beautiful Virginia creeper makes Pelstone Cobbles look as if it is truly part of the woodland behind.
During this sunny spell guests have chosen to eat outside on the terrace and watch the sun go down. Dusk is a busy time for the wildlife here and foxes and deer are regularly seen.
We were full for the May Day bank holiday weekend. Guests had their friends join them for dinner on Saturday night and I cooked them King scallops with Chorizo and wild garlic, followed by Moroccan spiced lamb with Greek salad, hummus and flatbreads, finished off by Limoncello ice cream with raspberries and shortbread. They brought with them plenty of wine and had a great night.
We offer dining for guests of guests. Useful to know if you don’t feel like cooking for your visitors who may be staying overnight with us. Get them to treat you, or you treat them. Either way you won’t have any washing up to do!
We seem to be very attractive to one particular lamb, who we have named Chevy (as he lives on the Chevin obvs!). He likes nothing more than a couple of lettuce leaves and a chat. Come and say hello.
Glorious in the nearby Chevin Forest today. Bluebells everywhere as well as wild garlic. In Foxcar wood the shadows cast by the fir trees in the late afternoon sun were spectacular.
There are many bridleways nearby in the Forest Park and as there are stables and grazing in the grounds of the B&B I am seriously considering the possibility of horse guests coming with their owners. Why not?
Called to assist with a difficult birth this morning. Both lambs and Mum are fine. Then the discovery of a tawny owl chick in the owl box, who is now brandishing his new ring. A day in the country doesn’t get much better than this! There is always something wonderful to see here if you love nature.
On a different note, bookings are coming in for prime weekends now, so don’t miss your dates!
It takes about fifteen minutes to walk up to Surprise View just above Pelstone Cobbles, but this glorious view is worth it.
Spring has arrived at Pelstone Cobbles. We are waking up each morning to the delightful sight of new lambs on the green hillside. Mr and Mrs Mallard have taken up their annual position on the garden pond and there will soon be fluffy chicks paddling there.