Menus are worked out individually each week for the guests in residence
Here are some of the key principles and practical considerations we work to as we create a menu. These apply to catered groups and our own programme events (as well as stocked larders as applicable).
The recipes we use are available to buy in our shop if you want to recreate them at home. Some of our fabulous house specialities are pot roast venison in red wine, quince tart, parsnip and apple or spiced pumpkin soup, classic roast Sheldon lamb, apple butterscotch pie, raspberry chiffle and our famous chocolate sponge pudding.
Please read this section carefully before you put in a special diet request
please use the names of one or more of these if at all possible as this helps us simplify and clarify special diet requests.
No meat or fish of any kind and no animal derivatives like gelatin
Vegetarian + fish
No meat or chicken but yes to fish and shellfish and not strict about derivatives
Dairy free - allergic/strict
You strictly eat no dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt, cream, butter). You need a margarine with no milk solids, and no trace of dairy products as cooking ingredients. We provide soya alternatives.
Dairy free - relaxed
You prefer to avoid milk and milk products, but are okay to have small amounts of these as a cooking ingredient.
Gluten free - allergic/coeliac
You strictly avoid all gluten in the forms of wheat, barley, oats, rye and as an additive
You prefer alternatives to bulk items like bread and pasta but are okay with small amounts as a cooking ingredient.
Low sugar - strict/diabetic
You only eat very minimal amounts of refined sugars as found in cereals, flavoured yogurts, snacks, chutneys, puddings, spreads etc. Porridge is available on request. (If you are just being careful with calories then please just ask for smaller portions)
Low fat - strict
You are on a strict low fat diet (eg gall bladder, cardiac) and avoid all items like cream, butter, cheese, red meat, sausages etc.
Idiosyncratic special diet
Please be sure to tell us exactly what you do and do not eat and how strictly you need to adhere to it. If complex, please provide full details as a separate document.
There are 3 ways of getting fed at Sheldon, and the options vary with different types of bookings.
Group bookings may be either self-catering or fully catered - this is arranged with the group leader at the time of making the booking.
We are happy to cater for special diets but must have 2 weeks' notice (we don't have shops on the doorstep and must make up menus and orders in good time).
Please read the food notes on this page before notifying us of your dietary needs. We will keep your diet needs on file so they will appear on your booking confirmation email.