Children from classes 5 and 6 at Crockham Hill Primary School came 2nd in the country in the National Trust’s annual ‘Crumble Rumble’. Aided and abetted by staff at Chartwell they managed to pick and peel apples, mix up a topping and rustle up a delicious spiced apple crumble from scratch in 38 minutes flat! Lee Underhill, Head Chef at Chartwell, helped with the preparation and cooking and also proved nippy on his feet as he joined the children running up and down the hill to the kitchen from the orchard.

Hannah McVey, Learning & Support Officer at Chartwell, said ‘we had a fantastic time and felt fully deserving of a big bowl of crumble after running full speed up the hill back to the kitchens – phew!’. Hannah will be presented the school with an apple tree at their assembly to thank them for joining in and for all their hard work, and the staff at Chartwell are already getting in training for next year!

Visitors to Chartwell will be able to enjoy more apple related fun on the 1st and 2nd October at the ‘Orchard Harvest’ event. Things to do include making seed bombs and apple printing in the orchard, talks on apple tree pruning and apple picking with the gardeners, apple treats and toffee apples on sale in the restaurant, and apple themed tastings in the shop. There will also be recipe cards with favourite gourmet apple treats from the staff at Chartwell, and a new autumn children’s activity sheet. If you have a much-loved apple cake recipe then the staff at Chartwell would love to here about it. E-mail it to and Lee will pick his favourite and put it on the Chartwell restaurant menu for the Autumn season!