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The Moody Cow camper has a name!

Wednesday, November 01, 2017
During October we invited our guests to suggest a name for the Moody Cow camper.

Over one hundred and fifty had a go, each donating a minimum of £1 towards Cystic Fibrosis Trust, the charity that we are raising funds for this year.

Together you raised £227 which is amazing, the most popular suggestion was "Ermintrude" we decided that this was a perfect name, so Ermintrude it is, now we will get her sign written and send Terry our congratulations with a bottle of vintage Champagne to celebrate.

Listed in The Guardian top 50 best places for Sunday lunch

Saturday, September 30, 2017
We were all thrilled to hear that the Moody Cow has been selected as one of the top 50 best places for Sunday lunch in the UK.

It all started when Me, Dawn and Tom, who leads his team in the kitchen saved the Moody Cow from closure over six years ago. Just over three years ago Ashley joined us as a kitchen assistant, he was pretty good at washing up and was keen to learn how to cook.

We just love it when one of our team want to learn new skills. We sponsored Ashley to complete his NVQ in professional cookery and Tom spends hours every week teaching Ashley the sort of stuff you just don't get to learn in college.

Two years ago there was an opportunity to lead the team on Sunday, and Ashley was keen to grasp it, we had already built up an enviable reputation for the quality and consistency of our Sunday lunch and we don't take risks at the Moody Cow, many of our guests return again and again, they would instantly know if something had slipped, we also have a culture of continuous improvement, we know we are only as good as the last dish we serve, reputations take years to build up and minutes to destroy.

Ashley was not deterred by the responsibility, he took complete ownership and with continued guidance from Tom and support from Joe and Adrienne one of the best accolades has been awarded to the entire team at the Moody Cow.

Dawn and I are very proud of them all.

Time for a short break

Saturday, August 19, 2017
This year we thought it would be fair to let our team have a much needed break in the summer, makes a change from a couple of weeks in November!

We will close after lunch service on Sunday the 21st and re-open for lunch on Wednesday the 6th of September.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your support and look forward to welcoming you back in September.

The Moody Cow Camper needs a name

Tuesday, August 01, 2017
Last month we held an auction and raised £1,200 for Cystic Fibrosis Trust, we are planning another event in the autumn which, we hope, will raise a similar amount.

In the meantime, we are about to launch the Moody Cow camper van experience, the idea is that you leave your car at the Moody Cow and go off in our delightful classic 1972 VW camper to explore the beautiful countryside nearby.

You can choose your welcome pack, fresh provisions, flowers, chocolates, homemade cakes, picnic hamper, wine, beer or Champagne and decide if you want to enjoy a little more space and take the retro style awning too, this is equipped with a cosy wood burning stove to gather around on those chilly evenings.

The Moody Cow camper needs a name, so we are having a competition, if you make a donation of £1 to Cystic Fibrosis you can put forward your suggestion for the name we should give to the Moody Cow camper.

If the judges choose your name, you will win a bottle of vintage Champagne and we will have the name sign written on the camper for everyone to see.

We hope you join in and if you would like to know more about hiring the camper with no name just give us a call.

Cystic Fibrosis Charity Auction Catalogue

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Cystic Fibrosis Charity Auction Catalogue.

How the auction works:

1 .You can make an email bid up until 11.00am on Sunday 16th July by sending us an email using the contact page on our website.
2. If you are dining with us you can make a "sealed" bid for the lot/s and this will be used to start the bidding in the live auction
3. You can come to the live auction at 3.00pm


Lot 1. A Magnum (1.5 litres) of Zonin 1821Prosecco
Lot 2. A Jeroboam (3 litres) of Domaine Belambree 2015 Organic French Rose
Lot 3. Voucher for two to tour the Famous Hillside Brewery, home of Legless Cow
Lot 4. A voucher for a session at Harts Barn Cookery School
Lot 5. A Husky fridge full of Rekorderlig fruit cider
Lot 6. Framed and glazed original water colour of cows by Weise Van Der Zee 1998 (540w X 430h)
Lot 7. Framed original water colour of cows by Weise Van Der Zee 1998 (620w X 450h)
Lot 8. Framed and glazed original water colour of cows by Weise Van Der Zee 1998 ( 1150w X  280h)
Lot 9. Framed and glazed original water colour of cows by Weise Van Der Zee 1998 ( 1160h X 580h)
Lot 10. Framed painting of  cow (350w X 300h)
Lot 11. Framed painting of  cow (350w X 300h)
Lot 12. Framed painting of cow (480w X 380h)
Lot 13. Framed painting of cow (420w X 350h)
Lot 14. Framed painting of cow (390w X 340h)
Lot 15. Framed painting of cow (330w X 270h)
Lot 16. Forging experience for two at Oldfield Forge Academy
Lot 17. Selection of bottles ciders including Sarah's red apple, Orchard thieves, Blind pig (15 bottles in total)
Lot 18. Limited edition Moody Cow Sterck cotton canvas bib apron
Lot 19. A days fishing at the stunning Phocle Green lake
Lot 20. A Magnum (1.5 litres) of Marques de Caceres Crianza 2008
Lot 21. Moorhouse brewery rugby shirt (L)
Lot 22. Large basket of fresh fruit
Lot 23. Another similar large basket of fresh fruit
Lot 24. Large potted fuscia
Lot 25. Bottle of single malt whisky
Lot 26. Bottle Altemurs Rosamaro sparkling rose
Lot 27. Bottle Zonin Prosecco
Lot 28. Bottle of Canti Prosecco and two bottles of Jack Rabbit white zinfandel
Lot 29. Five bottles of Hooch (didn't know they still did that!) and four bottles of tonic water
Lot 30. Homemade (by Joe's mum) Victoria Sponge
Lot 31. Moody Cow personalised celebration cake

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who have made such generous contributions, gone to great lengths to get things they have promised here in time and given up their time to help us.

Fund raising for Cystic Fibrosis

Sunday, July 09, 2017
On Sunday the 16th July we will be holding an auction of lots and experiences to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Every year around 2,500 babies are born with Cystic Fibrosis, the condition causes reduced lung function, usually requiring daily nebulised treatments and physiotherapy. Many have to endure frequent periods of hospitalisalisation which, among the young, can have a very detrimental affect of their quality of life.

If the weather is fine we will be offering morning coffee and home made cakes ( Emma is going to make a load of Pimms cupcakes), if you are joining us for lunch you can make a silent bid for any of the lost that take your fancy, and of course you can come over at 3.pm to join us for the live auction.

You can bid for a Jeroboam of organic French wine, a magnum of Champagne, vouchers for a tour of Hillside Brewery, a cookery class at Harts Barn cookery school, original water colours by renowned Dutch artist Wiebe van Der Zee, a day's fishing at Phocle lake and many other super lots.

If you can't make it on the day you can email your bid by 11.00 on the 16th using the contact us page of our website.  Over the next few days we will be posting photographs of most of the lots on Facebook, or if you need to take a closer look, just pop in and see us.

Happy bidding and thank you all for your continued support

Today it is our birthday!

Thursday, June 01, 2017
It is six years since we saved the Moody Cow from closure, we have learned that it is much harder to turn around a business that has failed, in this case, multiple times than opening a new business.

From a modest start, with me, Dawn and Tom, Ollie helping with the washing up and a couple of Saturday girls we now employ a team of five full time Chef's and assistants in the kitchen and three supporting them front of house.

We are proud to have been awarded a certificate of excellence from the TripAdvisor community every year since we opened and received a coveted Michelin red guide listing for the last three years running.

We are so lucky to have a brilliant team who are totally dedicated to cooking and serving the best quality food sourced from some of the most passionate local farmers and growers.

We are so fortunate to have some of the most supportive guests, some travel such long distances to come and see us, they forgive us when we make the odd mistake and they return again and again.

Today we will raise a glass to all of them and all of you.

Michelin guide listing for third successive year

Sunday, October 30, 2016

We are all thrilled at the Moody Cow, today we learned that we have been awarded a coveted listing in the Michelin Red Guide for the third year in succession.


The Michelin inspectors will have visited us unannounced at least four times over the last twelve months, they pay for their own meals, you cannot request a visit or buy a listing which is quite unique among guides.


We are especially pleased because this demonstrates that our cooking is consistently good and in the opinion of the inspectors in the top five hundred restaurants in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.


This could only be possible with the hard work that our dedicated young team put in and the fantastic support that we receive from our guests who come back again and again.


We may just indulge in a glass or two of something fizzy after service today to celebrate.

Moody Cow club card membership tops 300

Friday, October 21, 2016

This month Moody Cow club card membership topped 300!  Membership entitles the holder to a selection of "treats" that are refreshed every month.


  • This month the treats are better than ever...

Celebrate with us.

It may be an anniversary, birthday or just an excuse to get together with friends, reserve a table of six and we will give you a complimentary bottle of Zonin Prosecco to get the party started, don't forget we can also bake a cake and write a personal message on it for you, arrange a for a bouquet of flowers and balloons for your too.

  • Moody Cow pie & ale for just £11.95.
  • Every lunchtime we will be making a mini version of our famous moody Cow pie, or our tasty lamb hotpot and serving it with a paddle of three one third of a pint cask ale tasters for just £11.95.  This month our cask conditioned ales are Purity pure gold, Otter bitter and hillside legless cow.


Free puds.

When you but a starter and a main course from our lunchtime or evening menu we will give you a free homemade dessert to round off your meal, if you prefer a glass of our house wine to a pud, that is just fine.


Moody Cow gift vouchers

If you would like to treat someone special we offer Moody Cow gift vouchers in £20 denominations, if you are a Moody Cow club card holder we will present it in a special card for you, and if you are not able to pop in to collect it we will post it for you too.


The looks great in your wallet, costs just £10 and is yours to keep.

Certificate of excellence award

Sunday, July 31, 2016

We are all celebrating at the Moody Cow, we have just been awarded our fifth certificate of excellence in a row from TripAdvisor.


To achieve the award we had to maintain an overall rating of at least four out of five stars and a high number of reviews over the last twelve months, our rating of 4.5 places the Moody Cow in the top 10% of restaurants in the United Kingdom.


The fact that we have achieved this every year since we saved the Moody Cow from closure in June 2011 is an achievement that all of the team at the Moody Cow are very proud of.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our guests for their support, especially those that take the time to share their experience on TripAdvisor.

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