It was our absolute pleasure to host the Rocksteady Music School’s away day recently, at Burgate Manor Farm.
Rocksteady Music School (http://rocksteadymusicschool.com/) provide music lessons for the 21st Century at primary schools in and around Hampshire and were a jolly nice group of people! They hired Seven Mile to coordinate their annual away day and provide delicious meals for the group.
We stayed at the beautiful Burgate Manor Farm (http://www.newforestcottages.com/) on the edge of the New Forest and we cannot recommend it more highly. The farm cottages are possibly the best equipped I have seen and the main cottage which we stayed in, The Granary, slept 18 people comfortably. John, our host, was incredibly helpful throughout the booking and check in process and invited us to explore the farm and its stunning New Forest surroundings. Most importantly, there was enough space and privacy for the Rocksteady crew to rock out their instruments and jam into the night.
Jake cooked up a storm as usual with a chicken and chorizo paella for lunch, pan-fired sea bream with baked fennel and homemade burgers with a delicious tomato jam which was bubbling away during the day and making us all very hungry! Dessert was a traditional bread and butter pudding with a twist; we made it with croissants and pain au chocolat for extra indulgence! (If you like the sound of it, scroll down for the menu.) Finally, after a very late night of live music and merriment, we eased the aching heads with a full English and eggs Benedict with homemade hollandaise – very much needed!
We asked the team if they enjoyed their away day; here are a few of our favourite quotes:
‘Fantastic food, impeccable timing and lovely people - you couldn’t ask for more.’
‘Seven Mile have thought of everything. It was an absolute pleasure to switch off knowing they have everything under control. Janine and Jake worked together as a seamless team with impeccable service and incredible food. I would highly recommend them for all your hosting needs.’
‘If it was come dine with me I would give them a 10.’
10 pain au chocolat
1 loaf of bread, buttered
250g brown sugar
2 l milk
1 l cream
Lots of vanilla extract
200g cooking chocolate
Mix milk, eggs, cream, vanilla and sugar in a bowl.
Place croissants, pain au chocolat, bread and butter in a large tray with cooking chocolate scattered throughout.
Add custard mix and leave to soak in for 1 hour.
Cook for 40 minutes at 160 degrees.