Cooking for a Group at Wallops Wood

We often have groups of friends and family staying at Wallops Wood getting together for big birthday or anniversary celebrations. It’s great to see families and friends celebrating together, but the logistics of a large group needs plenty of planning ahead! 

Our 4-bedroomed and 5-bedroomed cottages and houses such as Silver Birch, Scots Pine, Sicilian Lemon and Early Mist can dine large numbers together in the open plan living space. Extra tables and chairs can be provided and we can help you arrange anything else you might need for your big celebration such as florists and caterers. 

Silver Birch Cottage, perfect for celebrations
Silver Birch large open plan kitchen/dining area

When it comes to cooking for groups, that can be a challenge in itself, but there are plenty of things you can do to make life easier! 

Our Tips for Cooking for a Group

  • Check in advance to find out if anyone in your party has any special dietary requirements, and plan accordingly.
  • Prepare some meal plans and if possible, bring some ready-prepared food with you. Planning and budgeting can also help to save some money on food shopping. 
  • Plan a shop with the other members of your group so that much of the food can be delivered by a local supermarket to your cottage and after your arrival.
  • Silver Birch is very well equipped for large groups with an extra oven, dishwasher, fridge and warming drawer. Scots Pine and Sicilian Lemon have two ovens (including a combi oven with microwave incorporated), two fridges, a freezer and two dishwashers. All of our cottages and houses have well equipped kitchens plus a BBQ for use in the summer months.
Large kitchen & dining area at Sicilian Lemon holiday house, Hampshire
Large kitchen & dining area at Sicilian Lemon
  • Choose dishes that could be easily adapted for meat eaters or vegetarians/vegans. For example, a chicken traybake for meat eaters, veggie traybake for vegetarians with the addition of vegetarian or vegan cheese. Chilli dishes can be made for both meat eaters and vegetarians/vegans.
  • Make sure everyone takes their turn to help whether it be peeling the veg, chopping, cooking on the BBQ and clearing up/washing up.
  • Our farmhouse prepared meals can be pre-ordered 7 days in advance, allowing you to just reheat the dishes at the time you want to eat – perfect for the night of arrival. Contact us for further information and a price list. Dishes include lasagne (meat & vegetable), cottage pie, fish pie, salad, garlic bread, plus a selection of desserts and homemade ice cream. You can also find a selection of our farmhouse meals in the freezer section in our on-site shop.
Dining al fresco on the decking of Sicilian Pine
Pre-order one of our farmhouse kitchen meals for your first evening here
  • We can supply additional equipment to help you prepare meals such as a slow cooker – ideal if you want to do the prep before you go out and return to a beautifully cooked meal! This gives you more time to relax in the evening with the family. 
  • Don’t forget to keep a selection of snacks ready for hungry children who can’t wait for their dinner! 

You can download our list of what’s provided in your cottage here, to save you bringing any equipment unnecessarily.

Please get in touch on 01489 878888 to discuss any specific requirements you may have for your group and we’ll do our best to help you make the perfect get together with friends and family. 

Silver Birch is perfect for celebrations and family get togethers
Silver Birch is perfect for celebrations and family get togethers