If we're lucky John will make his legendary "venison Wellington" and no doubt our popular homemade venison burgers will make a comeback! Lissette has already been picking blackberries in our garden and researching some recipes that will combine the delicious end of summer fruit with the seasons game; such as an autumnal pot roast of "roast grouse with hedgerow blackberries and salt-baked celeriac"....
Blackberries from the Hotel Garden
Deer on Pulborough Brooks
The onset of game season for those that love their seasonal food also comes with shooting season for those choosing to enjoy the seasons sport- in fact Grouse started on August 12th and Partridge will start on 1st September followed by the popular pheasant on 1st October!
Given that the award winning Norfolk Estate at Arundel famed for its "conservation and high quality Partridge shooting", the popular Chiddingfold Leconfield & Cowdray club and the famous Charlton club (mentioned in the August edition of Tatler as the most exclusive hunt club in England) are just up the road , we thought it was high time that we wrote a blog about the many shoots on our doorstep and celebrate the changing of season!
View of deer from Chequers Hotel Pulborough
We have done some investigations and found that each "bird" has its time so here is a list of shooting dates to jot down in your diary:
Oct 1st - Feb 1st
Sept 1st - Feb 1st
Aug 12th - Dec 10th
Aug 12th - Dec 10th
Aug 20th - Dec 10th
Aug 12th - Jan 31st
We are teaming up with gunsonpegs.com - they suggested we register as the hotel is situated in the middle of around 30 local shoots . Their website is in fact the best source of information for all of the "shoots" we mention below and many more!
Just a few of the other "shoots" taking place in and around Pulborough..
Ashbourne shoot, Bignor Park shoot , Borde Hill shoot, Bury Hill shoot, Cowdray Estate, Cowdowne Farm, Goodwood Estate, Kings Walk, Kinscote shooting Estates, Little Thakeham, Mayes Estate, Naldrettes, Old Park Farm LTD, Petsalls Shoot, Raggets Wood Shoot, Springhead Estate, Smokey Hole Syndicate shoot, Tattleton Estate, The Sloughbrook shoot, Turners Hill shoot and Wytings shoot to name just a few!!
So as summer officially comes to an end this weekend we can all start to look forward to the prospect of everything we love about Autumn...you can take Tatlers advice and "wear ladies tights (for the boys too) to keep you warm on country pursuits", "bring your sat nav" for finding fabulous remote shoots and rest assured in the knowledge that you can return to Chequers for a delicious locally sourced Autumnal dinner followed by a warming tipple by the fire!
Chequers wonderful Inglenook Fireplace
Chequers is available for private hire as well as for smaller groups – Bed and Breakfasts and also evening meals catered for either from our a la carte menu or a menu devised to suit your particular needs...Fabulous food and fine wines from our local specialist wine shop "Hemmings", lashings of hot water, a log fire and space for the dogs!
Chequers contact details your requirements and to make your reservation!