Talking over dinner one evening with our friend and local cook, Kimberley, we discussed what a good idea it would be if we could offer our guests locally cooked meals in their cottages when they did not want to have to cook for themselves. Kimberley was looking to take on a new project and so The Little Yorkshire Kitchen was born.

We have stayed in cottages with our family over the years and often thought this would be a great asset to a cottage holiday – either for everyday meals or for more elegant events and special occasions. Self-catering is great and cottages provide a relaxed and cost-effective way of holidaying, but sometimes you don’t always want to come back from an energetic day out walking, cycling or sightseeing and start cooking a meal. Nor do you always want to go out again to a pub or restaurant, especially if you have children.

How nice it would be therefore to be able to have a home-cooked meal waiting for you in your cottage ready for your return, just to be heated up when required. Or to come back to a traditional afternoon tea, complete with tiered plates of delicate sandwiches and delicious cakes. Kimberley can offer just about anything you think you would like, including 3 course celebration dinners or a romantic dinner for 2.

Kimberley Brereton, who has had many years experience in the hospitality trade and was the first landlady of the community owned pub, the Foresters Arms in Carlton, has a passion for cooking and has now launched ‘The Little Yorkshire Kitchen’ here in Melmerby. What is especially good is that it is a genuinely local business supporting local suppliers.

So we are really pleased to be able to offer all our guests locally-sourced food, prepared and delivered to your cottage. It will also be lovely for guests who have booked both cottages together to have a special celebration meal in the Granary Dining Room.

If you want more information please see the ‘Cottage Dining’ page on our website or telephone Kimberley direct on 01969 640487.