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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 -
and Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Click for more information.
Latest News
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

70 exhibitors now confirmed at Cumbria’s newest event!

Holker’s newest event for 2017, The Holker Spring Market has been well received, with exhibitor space fully booked weeks in advance.   Taking place on Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st May 2017 the event will bring together a fine selection of home, food, garden and gift exhibitors set in the bustling Courtyard and Piazza.

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Upcoming Events
Sunday 9th July 2017

Holker Art Market

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Thursday 24th August 2017

National Gardens Scheme Day

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Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th September 2017

Holker Chilli Fest

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