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A Multitude of Mince Pies

As Christmas at Holker draws to a close spare a thought for Holker’s baker Lynne Hornby. By the time the cafe closes on Christmas Eve, Lynne estimates that she will have made over 4,000 minces pies.

As Christmas at Holker draws to a close spare a thought for Holker’s baker Lynne Hornby. By the time the cafe closes on Christmas Eve, Lynne estimates that she will have made over 4,000 minces pies for cafe customers and for special events at the Hall. Lynne literally sees stars by this stage in December as she tops every dainty pie with its pastry star. The mincemeat is homemade too – with her own secret recipe attracting particular acclaim from customers. Apples are her secret ingredient and not too much sugar – giving a light, non greasy fruit and citrus flavour to the mincemeat rather than the synthetic taste of the mass produced fillings favoured by so many cafes and supermarkets. It’s a family affair too as Lynne’s husband is to be found peeling the apples from Lynne’s orchard to add to the mix.

So spare a thought for Lynne as she hangs up her apron on 24th December ..... we suspect that mince pies will not feature on the menu in the Hornby household this Christmas!

2017 Main Season Opening Dates

Hall & Gardens, Cafe, Food Hall and Gift Shop

Saturday 25th March to Sunday 29th October

Wednesday to Sunday (& Bank Holiday Mondays) 10.30am-5pm  (Hall 11am-4pm)


The Ilex Bar & Brasserie

Open for lunches - including a very special Sunday lunch -
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Latest News
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Full house for popular chilli eating competition

This weekend’s damp weather didn’t affect the fiery fun at Holker with a full house for the chilli eating competitions hosted by Darth Naga.  A packed Courtyard watched on as 10 competitors (on each day) took part in the lively competition.   Saturday’s competition was the most entertaining yet with Darth commenting it was best one he had ever hosted - humorous contestants were encouraged by the lively crowd - with Jordan from Barrow taking centre stage.  Joint winners took the trophy on Saturday and Ed Duffy was crowned Sunday’s winner after reaching around 250,000 scovilles.

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Upcoming Events
Wednesday 18th October 2017

Tour & Tea with the Head Gardener

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Sunday 22nd October 2017

Holker Food Market

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Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th October 2017

Halloween Fun!

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Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November 2017

Holker Winter Market

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Friday 1st December to Sunday 3rd December 2017

Holker Celebrates Christmas

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Friday 8th to Sunday 10th December 2017

Holker Celebrates Christmas

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Saturday 9th December 2017

Christmas Art Market

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