Cooking over an open fire may not be the top of many people’s minds this time of year. The nights are drawing in and it’s getting colder. But at High Grange, Devon there’s still the opportunity to experience a fire supper or Christmas feast before the end of the year.
High Grange specialises in bringing people together in a rural retreat where you can enjoy a specially selected menu cooked over fire. Run by owners Luke and Sara, diners are treated to seasonal, local food.
Each menu chef Luke produces is bespoke according to what is available at the time of year. For the informal feasts, you can expect food such as steak and chips or roast lamb accompanied by seasonal vegetables and salads. The Christmas Feast comprises a five-course tasting menu with produce from the East Devon larder, with Luke offering insights into his sourcing, prepping, and cooking.
The winter feasts are held in The Shippen, and in the new year the Signature Feasts start up again at the end of January with a Burns Night Special. Next year there’ll be a complete programme of Fire Schools, Cookbook Lunch and Supper Clubs, and Signature Feasts.
After successful outside catering events this year, Luke has set up High Grange at Home to allow more people to enjoy the High Grange way of cooking. Taking the fire pit and Big Green Egg barbecue with him he’s able to offer plated-tasting dishes, roast dinners, or sharing platters.
Again the bespoke menu is determined by who attends the event and what is available at the time. High Grange at Home will be able to cater for a sit-down plated dinner for 12 in someone’s home, a garden wedding with 150 guests, and everything in between.
The rural retreat at High Grange is also being used for a programme of events designed to improve well-being and wellness. Soul Sessions, set up by Sara, includes speakers and practitioners who will help nourish the soul, tackling physical and mental health issues.
The aim of the monthly talk circle is to create a safe space for women and men to listen to a speaker and leave full of inspirational ideas and practical exercises to do at home. There are varied topics, including female leadership, a holistic approach to menopause, and creative sessions such as candle making, floristry, and using botanical dyes.
Sessions in the festive season include a Christmas Wreath workshop with Sarah Broom and special yoga sessions with mulled wine and fizz. Events, held in The Shippen, begin again at the start of February and you can find out more about the Soul Sessions via the High Grange website.