Dining table set for a birthday dinner with candles and balloons
Scallop dish on a black plate with sauce and garnish
Chef Dan Graham preparing dinner for guests in the Long Barn

There have been so many big birthdays being celebrated this year at the Long Barn.  

So, we thought we’d suggest a few ideas on ways you can indulge yourself when dining in. Self-catering doesn’t mean that you must do it all. We have some fantastic local catering businesses, working with the very best of local Yorkshire produce.

For a special dinner party, we’d recommend Dan Graham, an award winning local chef whose At the Dinner Party. Dan will collaborate with you to create a bespoke menu featuring dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. Check out some of his past menu’s here but remember that these are just ideas to whet your appetite. Dan can also provide a tasting menu for an extra special dinner or incorporate a cooking demonstration/lesson.

Cocktail with lime and ice on bar
Wooden shelves displaying bottles of red wine with labels in Helmsley Wine
Bartender serving a stylist orance cocktail at bar

And by providing your own wine and drink, you are getting top class restaurant food to eat in at a great price. If you are interested in supporting another local company, Helmsley Wines has a fantastic range and can delivery to the Long Barn free of charge. We’d recommend chatting to Mal the owner whose knowledge of wine is encyclopaedic (not all of the wines they carry in the shop are online)

Or why not host a cocktail and canape party? With creative bites supplied by Dan, you can book a professional mixologist to cater for you. We’ve heard good things about Fix the Mix  who can handcraft delicious cocktails for your party. You can even arrange for a cocktail making lesson for your group.

Chocolate birthday cake with jack russel and gavel on the top
Dining room dressed with pink and silver birthday balloons
Dining Room Table set for dinner with flowers, candles and food

We’ve also had guests organise an afternoon tea for a perfect birthday celebration. There are lots of local bakeries and caterers that we can recommend to you from Simply Delicious to The Old School House Deli and Bakery . Check out the amazing birthday cake that The Old School House made for local tv star Angus Ashworth of Ryedale Auctioneers.

So far most guests prefer to bbq themselves on our massive gas Webber BBQ. But if you fancy a hog roast, or something fancier with someone else taking all the heat, then let us know.

We’re continually looking at different ideas to make guests stays with us as special as possible. So if there is an idea that you have, have a chat with us and we’ll help find a the right company for you.

Because we think that every birthday and gathering needs to be celebrated.