Bills Tasty Weekends
The Australian chef celebrates his move to England by cooking up a storm with the fresh local produce.
Exploring his love of entertaining for friends and family with fresh, zingy and easy-to-prepare dishes and menus, Bill brings his joyous approach to food to the UK.
Now a resident of the Britain, Bill embarks on a road trip around his new home using institutions like The National Trust and Big House Company and their weekend breaks in historic, unusual or highly desirable properties to explore the UK.
Each episode of Tasty Weekends sees Bill entertain friends and family in one of these stunning properties; cooking and eating delicious recipes, and getting his hands dirty as he sources fantastic fresh food for himself.
Exploring countryside, coastal areas and those secret locations only known to locals, he’ll meet food producers, cook brilliant food and gain all the local foodie gossip and knowledge.
Bill and the family are going camping but they’re not roughing it. This luxury campsite is in the grounds of the spectacular Layer Marney Tower in Essex and Bill’s in his element cooking outside on a camping stove which is perfect for his quick and easy recipes.
Herbed turkey recipe (sourced from Kelly Turkeys), goats milk ice cream recipe (sourced from Butterfly Lodge Farmshop), scrambled egg recipe and trout with spinach recipe (sourced from Chigboro fisheries), all cooked at Layer Marney Tower, Essex.
Sun, sea and sand and Bill’s trusty barbecue are the perfect ingredients for the Granger weekend. So Bill is in his element staying in a spectacular house on the stunning beach at Camber Sands in Sussex.
Courgette fritters with chilli hot smoked salmon recipe (sourced from Rock-a-nore fisheries), barbecued lamb recipe (sourced from Lunsford Farm), fish parcels with lemon potatoes recipe (sourced from Rock-a-nore fisheries), Bill's seafood pasta recipe, all cooked at The Beach House. French toast stuffed with nectarines recipe (sourced from Judges Bakery), cooked at Judges Bakery.
This weekend Bill is in Dartmouth and he’s King of his own castle staying in the Gun Tower of Kingswear castle. Bill’s here to get his hands on Cornwall’s’ fabulous seafood and he couldn’t have picked a better time as a local water festival is in full swing.
Lime and lemongrass crab cake recipe (sourced from Seafood House), cooked at Shaldon Water Festival, hogs pudding with fried eggs recipe (sourced from Westaway Sausages), sand eels with sweet chilli sauce recipe (sourced from local Teignmouth sand eel fisherman), pikelets with quick fruit jam recipe, all cooked at Kingswear Castle, Dartmouth.
This weekend Bill’s in the Cotswolds staying at a former banqueting hall on a Jacobean estate. The perfect location for a foodie weekend. The Gloucester Old Spot pig is the main attraction when Bill throws his version of a medieval banquet for the locals.
Cheese and tomato tart recipe (sourced from Abbey Home Farm), Asian marinated pork steaks recipe (sourced from Toddenham Manor Farm), spicy roast pumpkin salad recipe, classic summer coleslaw recipe, all cooked at East Banqueting Hall. Plum chutney recipe (sourced at Wayside Farm Shop), cooked at Wayside Farm Shop.
Bill is staying in a vertigo inducing water tower on the Sandringham Estate and is inspired to serve up the Perfect steak when he gets up close to the Queen’s very own cattle.
Perfect steak recipe with cheat's chips recipe (sourced from Great Bircham Foods), lemon curd tart recipe (Norfolk lavender), beer battered fish recipe (sourced at A & M Frary), all cooked at Appleton Water Tower. Caramelised fig recipe (sourced from Wiveton Hall), cooked at Wiveton Hall.
For this weekend away Bill takes his three daughters to England’s largest Island – the Isle of Wight, which has the reputation of being the most haunted in the world. He arrives by ferry and stays in a bolt-hole with a view of the ocean and gathering ingredients for a spooky feast. Bill turns the classic pumpkin he buys from Farmer Jack's Shop into delicious cannelloni and he takes the island's own garlic from The Garlic Farm to make a goul’lash for a final dinner. He also visits Market Bakery for some doughnut making, tries his hand at some pasty making and takes the kids on a ghost walk.
Bill stayed at the Lighthouse.
Pumpkin cannelloni (sourced at Farmer Jack’s), spiced pasties (sourced from The Crab Shed), easiest chocolate coconut slice, caramel popcorn, goulash with buttered noodles.
Bill Granger is swapping his urban life for a weekend of country pursuits. With a hunting lodge on the magnificent Chatsworth Estate as his base Bill tries his hand at clay pigeon shooting and the age old sport of Falconry and makes easy work of game with a delicious lunch of pheasant wrapped in pancetta and also venison bolognaise with polenta.
Bill stayed at the Hunting Tower, Chatsworth Estate
Mixed mushroom crostini, pheasant with walnut, green olive and pomegranate relish (sourced at White Peak Farm Butchery), venison polenta bolognese gratin, plum jam tart, roasted chicken with pancetta and potatoes.
This weekend Bill Granger is staying in an eco friendly house in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. He tries his hand at the classic Yorkshire Pudding with the help of the local WI, meets a monk who has performed miracles with the Amplethorpe orchard and Bill makes his quick and modern version of the traditional Sunday roast.
Bill stayed at Natural Retreats
Beef pot pie (sourced at Mainsgill Farm), Apple and blackberry shortcake, Rib of beef, Potato gratin .
Bill Granger might just be staying in the wackiest weekend retreat in the country. His home for the weekend is the House in the Clouds in Suffolk; a local tourist spot that stretches seventy foot into the sky. Bill’s also here to try and catch the first sprat of the season with local fisherman Dean Fryer, take a high speed boat trip and try his hand at the Great British favourite, fish and chips. he also visits Munchy Seeds to try out some seed blends.
Bill stayed at the House in the Clouds
Chickpea burgers, Individual cheesecakes, slow-roasted pork shoulder with cumin and coriander seeds, virgin paella, romesco sauce, pan fried cod (cooked at Ye Old Cross Keys Inn).
Bill Granger’s childhood dream is coming true as this weekend he’s in the beautiful Somerset countryside staying in a tree house but this one has old mod cons. He tracks down one of the country's rare herd of buffalo, with the meat makes the delicious and simple redang curry and then goes to the home of the couple that once owned the luxury label Mulberry to find out about their latest venture; growing walnuts! He also has a go at making a wooden bowl and then serves his spiced vegetable and lentil soup in it.
Bill stayed at the Treehouse
Spicy pork meatballs, buffalo rendang, spiced vegetable and lentil soup, banana split.