Marmalade. The story goes that marmalade was invented in 1700 when a storm-damaged Spanish ship, carrying Seville oranges, sought refuge in Dundee Harbour. The cargo was sold off cheaply to James Keiller, a down-on-his-luck local merchant, whose wife turned it into a preserve. True? No one really knows but we do know that the Keillers of Dundee, James and his mother Janet, were very important in the popularisation of marmalade and are thought to have been amongst the first commercial producers of marmalade, and certainly the most well known. For the first half of the 19th century their brand of Dundee Marmalade, available affordably to the working classes, was extremely popular and was the forerunner of today’s best-selling brands.
Here we all were, basking in the February sunshine, it was gorgeous. The warmest February on record in fact! Alas, we were being teased by Mother Nature and we have returned to winter but that doesn’t mean that it’s not a great time to visit Somerset. Here’s some ideas on what to do during your visit to Somerset in March.
Autumn Offer is on from 1st November at The Old Stables!
It’s a lovely time to get away and enjoy the cooler temperatures, the beautiful Autumn sunshine and the turning colours of the leaves. There’s lots going on in Somerset for you to get out and enjoy from National Trust properties to shopping to walking to enjoying the famous Somerset Carnival mid-month (to name but a few)!
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One of the best things about a B&B stay is having a great pub within a quick drive or walking distance. We are lucky to have two such fabulous pubs on our doorstep and we wanted to tell you a little bit about them both.
“I don’t have to tell you I love you. I fed you pancakes.”
― Kathleen Flinn,
We love pancakes here at The Old Stables. We love waffles too but today is all about the pancake as it is Shrove Tuesday!
My recipe has been passed down from my Mum who often treated our family to pancakes on a weekend or whenever we begged for them. It’s a great unadulterated recipe for beautiful fluffy pancakes – enjoy! Continue reading
One of the many things that our guests comment on (with pleasure I might add!) is the glass Kilner jar filled with home baked shortbread on the tea tray found in their rooms. We like a little nibble of something ourselves when we stay at a B&B so I thought I would look for a shortbread recipe and make my own – we think it’s a nice touch too!
It seems that more and more people are choosing to holiday with their four-legged friends these days. When we opened The Old Stables we knew we would be welcoming a puppy of our own into the family so the choice to go ‘dog friendly’ wasn’t one that we debated for very long!
Jasper, our 9 month old Golden Retriever, arrived at The Old Stables in June, 2016. Since his arrival we have welcomed no less than 20 dogs to the B&B. All shapes, sizes and colours and all perfectly delightful (with lovely, well behaved owners too!).
We had a fantastic day out recently at The Royal Bath & West Show in Shepton Mallet. Happily for us the showground is an easy 5 minute drive away from us and we had an easy run through to the show with no parking problems!
On moving to the UK I found some confusion surrounding the pancake. Now to me a pancake is a large, fluffy, saucer shaped disc that you stack. You could do a polite pair or even a cheeky trio or quad but you definitely don’t have just one! You slather butter and maple syrup all over them while they are warm and have a side of crispy bacon (sometimes also drowning in the maple syrup if you’re not one of those people who is slightly suspicious about the sweet/savoury combo thing). I’ll have my crispy bacon by the side thanks. But this is not the case here in the UK which I found out when I added ‘pancakes’ to my breakfast menu. Continue reading