At Valley View we serve home grown and plant based food. Our vegetables are truly fresh – usually picked the same day. On our ‘Seasonal food’ weekends you can enjoy harvesting, cooking and eating them. We also show you the extensive vegetable gardens and run workshops on growing your own. Yoga is optional but recommended and accessible to all.
Cooking and eating
During Seasonal Food week-ends we demonstrate seasonal plant based dishes working with Chinese, Ayurvedic, Indian and our own home grown herbs and spices. There are two sessions with an opportunity to be hands on. And if you want to recreate some dishes yourself in your own accommodation we supply an ingredients pack.
On the other hand if our interest in food is more about eating it you can simply join us for meals. Friday night is Indian/ Ayurvedic influenced, Saturday is Chinese. Breakfast is extensive and multi-cultural. Saturday lunch is a light seasonal buffet using the best of the Valley View produce. Our Sunday vegetarian or vegan roasts use all the flavours of the week-end.
Vegetarian and vegan
Our ethos is vegetarian and we are big supporters of Compassion in World Farming. However, we welcome the Go Vegan movement. It has brought a new level of awareness to environmental and animal welfare issues. So we always offer a vegan option while using carefully sourced dairy products in a few dishes, and eggs from our very happy ducks and chickens.
If you are a vegan who worries about getting enough nutrients our ‘five flavour’ cooking lessons and wellness workshops can help you. Or if you are considering a vegan lifestyle then we can teach you tasty and nutritious plant based dishes. Moreover, if you are neither vegan nor vegetarian we hope we can inspire you to include more vegetables in your diet. We will show you how to present them in tasty and interesting ways.
Once you have tasted ours you may well be tempted to grow your own too. During our Seasonal Food week-ends, Mark offers advice and runs workshops on growing herbs, fruits and vegetables at home and foraging. And can also help you manage your own garden while encouraging wildlife and minimising impact.
Food for gut health and detoxification
Plant based diets, and in particular, eating locally grown food in season make for optimum gut health. And we also create balance and harmony in the meal with different flavours, textures and colours which help nourish the whole body without overloading the gut. Our recipes use spices to help you absorb vitamins and minerals and often combine rice and pulses to make a complete protein. For these reasons they are ideal for vegans. We seldom use meat substitutes such as vegan ‘bacon’ or ‘cheese’ in our food. We simply use a wide range of seasonal vegetables, grains and pulses and cook them in interesting ways.
Another key aspect of eating for health is avoiding incompatible food combinations as these are often behind digestive and chronic health complaints and food sensitivities.
Eating for health
Our wellness diet and lifestyle and women’s wellness week-ends all include cooking demonstrations with emphasis in eating for health. And if you want to learn how to eat in line with your mind body type, individual recommendations are part of a wellness consultation.