Going back to nature for lunch

Dr Patrick Harding, author and freelance broadcaster.
Dr Patrick Harding, author and freelance broadcaster.

Autumn is a wonderful time for finding food from the countryside to augment the dinner table.

Autumn is a wonderful time for finding food from the countryside to augment the dinner table.

From picking late bilberries, making sloe gin and gathering nuts to the main season for collecting and eating wild fungi: October is a great month.

Fischer’s Baslow Hall is embracing the foraging ethos on Tuesday, October 23, with a three-course lunch featuring fruits from the countryside and edible mushrooms and a slide-illustrated talk by author and freelance broadcaster Dr Patrick Harding.

Dr Harding has written eight books, including four about mushrooms, and has appeared on television programmes The Flying Gardener, Castle in the Country and Richard and Judy.

The lunch will include lemon verbena and Swiss chard fricasse of Derbyshire mushrooms, steamed venison suet pudding and bilberry panna cotta.

The day will include a foraging expedition around the grounds of Fischer’s to see what edibles turn up.

The cost is £55, which includes a glass of wine with lunch.

To book, call 01246 583259 or see www.fischers-baslowhall.co.uk