Book the cook
If your fishing party is hiring a lodge this month, why not stay in style by organising a caterer for all your meals? We asked the experts at Sporting Lets for an advice checklist: Is a cook provided with the lodge? If it is, this can make the headline rate of the rent look expensive. Some estates insist you employ a cook and this forms part of the contract. The price they charge may be a flat rate or it may depend on the numbers in the lodge. If a cook is part of the deal, who provides the food and drink: you or the estate? Perhaps they might provide food and you bring the drink. If self-catered, where do you source a cook? You could ask the sporting agent, the estate or seek a recommendation from friends or a forum. If there’s an estate housekeeper, might she also do some cooking for you? Worth asking. Do you need one cook or might they need an assistant – at extra cost? How much is the cook? A ballpark figure is £900£1,500 per week but if you opt for an executive chef, it might be double that. Ask if this cost includes travel expenses. If you are buying the food, where and how far away is the nearest shop? Does it have all you need? Will you and others in the party be bringing some or all of the food from home? Do Tesco/asda deliver? Is a wine merchant able to deliver? If the cost is to be shared between the party, you will need to agree a budget. And agree a menu (be aware of allergies). Some may be drinkers (expensive); others not (unwilling to subsidise drinkers). Booking catering is more easily done through a letting agent, who’ll talk you through the options and assist you through the process. If the property is self-catered, agents may have a closely guarded shortlist of preferred caterers. • Galbraith Sporting Lets has over 50 years’ letting experience (en[email protected]inglets. co.uk Visit Instagram).
You're on holiday. Let chef do lunch.