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Epicurus

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September 27, 2020

Some people will move mountains to accomplish their dreams but the owners of one country pile only had to move one river.

Grantley Manor sits between the immovable Yorkshire Dales and Yorkshire Moors and dates back to 1680.

They call this ‘God’s Own Country’ and its weathered stone walls, wild valleys and awe inspiring rocky hills make it feel like the clock ticks more slowly here.
IMG_1036_20-09-24_Broken_Clock_Lingering_Vodka_Bloody_Mary_Grantley_Hall.jpg It’s a place of timeless permanence.

Ironic then, that as you drive into the impressive estate you skirt along the ancient river Skell which actually runs down an altogether rather recent course.

When wealthy ship owner Sir Christopher Furness bought Grantley Hall at the turn of the 20th century he and his wife, Jane, undertook the not insignificant task of re-landscaping the entire 47 acre grounds.

Jane established Britain’s first Japanese water garden, but craving an even more impressive water feature, Mr Furness did what any dedicated gardener would do and diverted an entire local river right through his land and past the house, only to rejoin its original course beyond the garden’s boundary.

Boating lakes, ponds, bridges and cascading waterfalls abound and today the Grade II listed house has been reimagined as a luxurious 5 star hotel.

And after a wet morning at Shandy Hall gathering some of the apples in our quintessentially English vodka’s recipe, we visited nearby Grantley Hall for a tipple at the grand library-esque Norton Bar where you can now ask for your Bloody Mary with Broken Clock.

It’s a very Yorkshire affair with Henderson’s Relish – a much revered traditional Sheffield condiment – taking the place of Worcestershire Sauce, giving the cocktail a lighter and more tangy flavour.

INGREDIENTS:

50 ml Broken Clock Vodka
25 ml Lemon Juice
130 ml Fresh Tomato Juice
5 Drops of Henderson’s Relish
5 Drops Tabasco Sauce

Garnish:
Slice of Lemon
Singed Rosemary Sprigs

METHOD:

Build the cocktail in a highball glass with plenty of ice and stir to combine thoroughly. Add one or two fresh rosemary sprigs and singe them with a flame.