With Bonfire Night over and Halloween a distant memory of the past, Gareth Cotton, General Manager at the Cherry Tree Farm in Willington took the time to tell us how his team of Cake-a-tiers got into the festive spirit by stirring up a bowl full of Christmas wishes.

Stir Up Sunday

As part of the Farmhouse Inns family, Christmas is very special to our pub – we spend all year perfecting the traditional roast dinner and our Cake-a-tiers get to work bringing a little extra sparkle to our cake designs. That being said, while the team here love a winter treat, our favourite thing about Christmas is getting into the spirit of giving.

This year, we went the extra mile by taking part in an event we called ‘Wishmas Pudding’.

Along with nearly 50 other Farmhouse Inns pubs, we celebrated the Stir Up Sunday tradition during a weekend in November. We invited guests to stir our big bowl of Christmas pudding and make a wish while they do so for the chance to have it come true.

For those who don’t know - Stir Up Sunday is the last Sunday before Advent, and the day to stir up the Christmas pudding so it's ready in time for Christmas. Traditionally, to mark the occasion, the family gather in the kitchen and each take a turn to stir the Christmas pudding whilst making a secret wish.

During the weekend, our Cake-a-tiers put together their best Christmas pudding mixture and our team members pointed hopeful guests in the direction of our dedicated wish box. We had guests join us from far and wide to make wishes and we plan to make one of those wishes come true.

Christmas is a really special time filled with traditions that families pass down generations, it was great to celebrate Stir-up Sunday with an event across all of the Farmhouse Inns pubs.

Hopefully, we’ll not only make someone’s Christmas by granting their wish, but we’ve also inspired families to continue on the Stir-up Sunday tradition.

Gareth (second left) and the team at the Cherry Tree Farmhouse Inn in Derby