House and Gardens welcomes new head cook

Lady Emma Barnard, left, Sally Stainton, new Head Cook at Parham
Lady Emma Barnard, left, Sally Stainton, new Head Cook at Parham
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Following the recent appointment of John Saville as the new general manager, Parham House & Gardens (, the Elizabethan stately home and award-winning gardens near Storrington, is delighted to announce the appointment of Sally Stainton as the new head cook. Sally brings with her a wealth of culinary experience having worked with Justin de Blank at the Institute of Contemporary Art and with Robert Carrier at Hintlesham Hall in Suffolk.

Sally has already created and launched a new menu for lunch and pre-evening event dinners, with as much as possible being home-made and using Parham’s own garden produce when in season. The menu includes a delicious range of quiches and colourful salads using Sunblush Tomatoes and spicy Roquito Peppers, together with desserts such as home-made pear & almond tart and all accompanied by a selection of newly chosen wines. The famous Parham Cream Tea has been left unchanged and can continue to be enjoyed by visitors to the ‘Big Kitchen’ after an afternoon perusing the house and gardens. The new dinner menu is available prior to Shakespeare Globe’s two evening performances of King Lear on Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th May and must be pre-booked by calling Parham on 01903-742021.

Parham’s fondly named ‘Big Kitchen’ in the house’s original Elizabethan kitchen has also undergone a refurbishment providing brighter and more comfortable furniture in the seating area and better facilities in the cooking area and was recently re-opened by Parham’s chatelaine, Lady Emma Barnard (image attached), to coincide with the launch of Sally’s new menu.

Pictured is Lady Emma Barnard with Sally Stainton new head cook at Parham.