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Chestnut gathering in Stoke Park Woods, and finding the chestnut perfect recipe

Updated: Dec 8, 2023

Stoke Park Woods is a mixture of ancient woodland and newly planted trees, with lots of wide paths and narrow footpaths so is ideal for walking and cycling.


There are plenty of hills to climb, a cycle track for serious bmx'ing and climbing apparatus for children. Plenty of walks lead of from this to the nearby River Itchen and if you fancy a refreshment you can easily walk to the Fox & Hounds pub for some refreshments.


These beautiful woods have a mixture of Conifers and Beech, Horse Chestnut and Birch, and this time of year there is an abundance of chestnuts, so we gathered a bag of them so we can cook up some recipes with this lovely autumnal treat. We also did a spot of mushroom spotting and found purple mushrooms, which I have never seen before, unfortunately I am not well versed in mushrooms (yet!).


I wanted to find the perfect chestnut recipes to make so here it is my chestnut 3 courser (not that you would have this in one go as would be chestnut overload)!


Starter:


Chestnut Soup with Bacon and Thyme Croutons - click here for recipe


Main:


Venison with Braised Potatoes, Celeriac and Chestnuts - click here for recipe


Dessert:


Make a sweetened chestnut puree - see how here


Chestnut Chocolate Pot - click here for recipe


If you fancy some chestnut gathering in Stoke Park Woods - visit https://www.forestryengland.uk/stoke-park-wood



Stoke Park Woods in Bishopstoke

Stoke Park Woods in Bishopstoke

Stoke Park Woods in Bishopstoke

Mushroom spotting in Stoke Park Woods

Mushroom spotting in Stoke Park Woods

Purple Mushrooms in Stoke Park Woods

Stoke Park Woods in Bishopstoke

Stoke Park Woods in Bishopstoke

Chestnut gathering in Stoke Park Woods

Boy playing on fallen tree in the woods

Gathering Chestnuts for cooking in Stoke Park Woods

Boy playing on fallen tree in the woods

Nanny and grandson walking in the woods

Mushroom Spotting in Stoke Park Woods

Sprig of Holly in the woods

Walking in Stoke Park Woods

Boy walking through sunkissed woods

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