Posted 10/1/2018



 Giuliano Piscina

At last we have persuaded our good friend and chef from Italy to come to The Old Dairy and cook with us.  We are planning two Italian Cookery classes and two Italian suppers.

The dates are Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st January for the Cookery Classes and Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd February for the Suppers.  The emphasis will be very much on authentic Italian food.
Giuliano is a stickler for detail; we know his restaurant in Sestri Levante  and have watched him cooking in his open kitchen and seen and tasted the amazing dishes he prepares.   We first met him at the Splendido Hotel in Portofino where he was an outstanding Restaurant Manager.   But he always wanted to have his own restaurant and eventually he did just that.
Once it was we British who went to the Riviera for the winter period but through Giuliano’s cooking we are bringing the Italian Riviera to Ford!
We are still planning the dinner menu which is priced at £48 per head
The Cookery Classes will start around 1.30 pm  and are still in the planning but there is talk of a spectacular risotto and how to make the perfect tomato sauce.  These are priced at £42 per person.
Please do come back to us if you would like to book places either for the suppers or the classes, or perhaps both!




We think it’s high time we had a cookery school at The Old Dairy;  our successful baking classes, which were held at the Gritti Palace Hotel in recent months has inspired us to launch our first baking class on October 25th.

So, during weekdays, in the same way that we have guest chefs for our suppers we plan to do cookery demonstrations with perhaps a lunch afterwards.  We will also offer baking classes as well.  That means we cannot offer a full menu of cakes and scones through the week.  However, you can still enjoy our lovely coffee and tea, soft drinks, ice cream, a glass of wine or champagne and nibble on our fruit cake and biscuits.

Of course at weekends and Bank Hollidays the coffee shop is fully open for light lunches with cakes and scones.

By the way the Dairy is always available as a venue for special occasions such as a small wedding or birthday party.   Just ask for details.




21st March 2017

Lynne’s Venetian Marmalade with Gold won a gold award at the World’s Original Marmalade Awards at the weekend.  This gold award in the hard fought prestigious competition which takes place every year at Dalemain near Penrith in Cumbria is rather appropriate since the Venetian Marmalade contains 24carat gold. Beaten to a thin film the gold leaf is created by the last artisan gold beatIng company in Venice, Mario Berta Battiloro. It is then added to the marmalade where “the rich amber colour of the marmalade and the dazzling sparkle of gold dotted through it gives it a luxurious and unique look” said Lynne.


Our luxury Venetian Gold Marmalade photographed on the Riva Bar at the Gritti Palace Hotel in Venice

Lynne also won a silver award for her Marmalade with Gin and a twist of lemon!


Dont don’t forget supper with Alan Reid on 24h and 25th March.

We still  have tables for the Friday


 Sorry, still no power!  Hopefully back to normal on Tuesday 28th


The Coffee Shop will be closed today 22nd February and tomorrow 23rd February as we will have no electricity.  sorry about that but we should be fully operational on Friday.


1st February 2017


Our next supper is with Alan Reid who some of you may have already met and indeed tasted  his lovely food.  That’s on  Friday 24th and Saturday 25th March and since over the last few months we have been part of the Gritti Palace Epicurean Cookery School in Venice teaching guests the finer points of scone making, Alan has decided to give this supper a Venetian twist.

Do contact us for more details


18th November 2015

We have two new dates in December for a Saturday supper and a Sunday lunch. Allan Reid (formerly of Windlestraw Lodge and prior to that the Wheatsheaf in Swinton) is returning to cook with us on Saturday evening the 12th December and then a Sunday lunch on the 13th.


It’s close to Christmas but there’s a chance to either dine in the evening or enjoy a leisurely festive lunch.

Our evening will follow the usual formula; a single sitting from 7.30 but come before for a pre dinner drink  Sunday lunch will be served at 1 pm.

All our buildings will be open so plenty of time to do a bit of last minute Christmas shopping!

More details to follow but please get in touch if you would like to make an early booking







We are now open from Tuesday to Sunday as well as Bank Holidays

Our showrooms and coffee shop (now in the old milking parlour) will be open from 10 until 5 each day

Visit  us for morning coffee, a light lunch or an afternoon cream tea

We are also continuing our pop-up suppers

Email us if you want us to put you on our supper club list

Our next supper is on 7th March. Ring for details and you can view

the menu on our facebook page


27th NOVEMBER 2014 AGA DEMONSTRATION                                            AGA DEMONSTRATION                                            AGA DEMONSTRATION                                             CHRISTMAS COOKING

Aga demonstrator Judy Walker IMG_8276

AGA cookery demonstrator Judy Walker, will be back at The Old Dairy on

 Thursday 27th November with ideas for Christmas cooking

She will be making a number of different dishes all of 

which can be sampled as a buffet lunch with a glass of wine if you wish

Coffee & biscuits at 10.30 and the demo starts at 11.00 

Tickets £25

Please contact us for more details and to book a place

  SEPTEMBER 2014 Paul Laidlaw Anita Manning  filming car IMG_8159 ANTIQUES ROAD TRIP RETURNS TO THE OLD DAIRY The highly popular BBC Antiques Road Trip has made a return visit to The Old Dairy in Ford. It was second time around for the much loved Anita Manning, who has her own auction house in Glasgow, accompanied by another expert Paul Laidlaw, also an auctioneer from Carlisle, to browse the stock with a view to picking up a bargain for the programme. Each of them has a dedicated camera crew and the idea is to spot a bargain for a knock- down price and then take it to auction to see who makes the most profit. They always arrive in a vintage car and the competition between the two is quite fierce but there’s a lot of fun and laughter along the way. This is the third time in two years they have been to the Old Dairy, which has become a regular venue for the programme. “It’s always good fun to have the Road Trip come to the Old Dairy,” said Keith and Lynne Allan. “We rather like taking part and when filming was over we turned the tables a little bit and asked them for interviews for our Old Dairy Radio which we play through the buildings for our customers to listen to. It added a fantastic dimension to their visit.” The new series of the BBC Antiques Road Trip will be broadcast early next year.