Delicious Home-cooked, Home-frozen Food
We produce good home cooked food using fresh ingredients and then quickly freeze it to lock in the goodness. Why not take all the worry out of providing meals for your family and visitors and order some today.
Just defrost, reheat, serve and sit back, take all the credit and enjoy without anyone knowing.
Food is packed as an individual portion or in portions of 2 and 4. The portions are in dishes that are suitable for the oven (individual portions are also suitable for the microwave where there is no pastry).
If you have a special event coming up, why not order your food from us? We can cater for large numbers and we even have china and cutlery available to help your party go with a swing.
The following is just a selection from the delicious dishes we are pleased to provide (subject to availability). Throughout the year various other dishes are available as well, to suit the season.
Our own popular soup made with tomato, onion and apple. (1 pint)
RICH PORK CASSEROLE
A mix of pork, prunes mushrooms and honey. Based on a centuries-old recipe, this dish goes extremely well with potatoes, noodles or rice.
Always a favourite. Made with tender minced beef and beef gravy, we think that this stands head and shoulders above most other Shepherd’s Pies.
This never fails - my children, my children's friends and their friends all put in requests for this dish when they are at Dalemain.
This is a recipe I have had since I first came to Dalemain. Researched by a very able cook, it combines lentils and tomatoes. Non-vegetarians love this dish, too!
RICH VENISON CASSEROLE
Go back to ‘Olde England’ when great feasting took place. We like this casserole which is very simple in its tastes using lean venison making an honest old fashioned dish.
LAMB WITH RHUBARB
An interesting dish with a variety of different ingredients, including mint and spices, but you are still able to identify the subtle taste of rhubarb and it feels good to be making a really Cumbrian dish of lamb and Dalemain rhubarb.
CUMBERLAND LAMB CASSEROLE
This is a recipe I have been searching for since having it at a supper party many years ago. It is an interesting combination of sweet and savoury ingredients which enhance the flavour of this good Cumberland lamb.
CHICKEN BREASTS IN ORANGE & TARRAGON CREAM
A dish fit for a light lunch, or a smarter evening meal. Tarragon and chicken make a perfect union, but when the orange is added, the dish is lifted to another echelon.
Delicious, short-crust pastry filled with apples from the Garden. It is a labour of love peeling them, but the result is very good.
SYRUP SPONGE PUDDING
This pudding has stood the test of time, and it is as popular today as it was in Mrs Beeton’s day. Very indulgent!
APPLE FLAPJACK CRUMBLE
Apples again but we had to add this on to the list—very like apple crumble but a slightly chewy flapjack and cinnamon top.
CHRISTMAS AT DALEMAIN
Dalemain Christmas Lunches In the Mediaeval Hall from Sun 8th & Sun 15th until Wed 18th December
The perfect setting for a traditional festive treat, whether you're a group of work colleagues, family or friends. We also cater for larger groups & parties and can book a separate date if required.
Why not combine your visit with a glass of mulled wine and a walk through the Estate to Dacre Castle and back before lunch. The walk is one mile each way and a Dacre walk leaflet will be given out with your mulled wine.
Also, Christmas Gifts at Dalemain The perfect and unique gift for a friend or loved one...........
Dalemain Wins HHA/Christie's Prestigious Garden of the Year Award 2013
The charming English gardens of Dalemain, nestled in the Lake District, have won the 2013 Garden of the Year Award sponsored by the Historic Houses Association and Christie’s. This prestigious national award, now in its 29th year, is designed to recognise the importance of gardens with outstanding horticultural and public appeal, either in their own right or as the setting for an historic house.
Yet another record number of jars sent into the World's Original Marmalade Awards held at Dalemain annually in March
An international competition founded by Jane Hasell-McCosh. For the past eight years, Dalemain has hosted The World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival firmly placing it at the centre of the marmalade map. From 50 jars in 2005, the Awards have grown each year and this year, nearly 2,000 jars of marmalade were entered and judged.
Dalemain wins prestigious Heritage Award for best event 2012
Dalemain has been presented with a prestigious Hudson’s Heritage Award for Best Event 2012 - The World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival.