All meals, snacks and refreshments are included in the tariff, and we plan all the menus according to the select preferences of each guest. The menus comprise a range of cuisine - from interesting local fare and traditional Indian dishes, to exotic South-East Asian delicacies, and a variety of European dishes making full use of the fresh Italian herbs, and salad leaves we grow in our well-stocked kitchen garden. We try to source as much fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices as we can from our own garden, so feel free to plan your own menu based on what's in season! Family recipes including Tea-Leaf Pakoras, Chocolate Brownies, Tibetan Momos and Burmese Khow Suey - all served to you with a discrete but attentive Glenburn touch.
Please ask if you would like to eat anything in particular and we will plan the menus accordingly. If the fresh herbs in the garden inspire you to conjure up a favorite recipe, do leave it behind and we shall name it after you and serve it to future guests!
We bake our own bread, make our own marmalade, and a whole collection of signature cakes and cookies.
Glenburn tea, iced tea, South Indian filter coffee, a range of herbal teas (using fresh herbs from the garden), nimboo pani (fresh homemade lemonade), freshly-squeezed juice, and cold drinks are available at any time. There are also freshly baked cakes and cookies available whenever you feel like a snack. With a bit of notice, we can also make you some ice cream. In the summer months a few different ice cream varieties made from whatever fruit is in season, are available at any time.
Sit down to Breakfast and Lunch either in the bright and sunny Morning Room at one end of The Front Verandah, under the Pomello Tree outside the Water Lily Bungalow or on a terrace overlooking the mountains. Breakfast will be served at your convenience, anytime between 7am and 11 am. Please let the staff know what time you would like to be served "Bed Tea" in your room, and what time you would like to sit down for breakfast.
Depending on your plans for the day, we can also organise a picnic-style meal. Picnics can either be served as a "sit down" meal, at certain pre-planned venues such as The Glenburn Campsite, at No. 10 Bamboo Grove by the River Rung Dung, Coffee Bari, Ramitay Daara or at any of the "weighment sheds" scattered around the tea fields - some of which offer spectacular views. Equally, sandwiches and fruit can be packed into boxes to be carried by your guide, for you to eat at any time during a hike. Barbeques can also be organised down by the river or at The Simbong Garden Terrace of the Burra Bungalow.
Our hiking guides and drivers are experts at whipping out a tray to serve a glass of freshly-squeezed lemonade (nimboo pani) garnished with a fresh mint leaf, or a cup of Darjeeling tea served in a porcelain tea cup, in the middle of a field surrounded by tea bushes, along a forest trail or on the edge of the river - all part of The Glenburn Experience.
Dinner is usually served as a sit-down meal in the candle-lit intimacy of The Dining Room, along with your hosts and any other guests in residence. Dinners at Glenburn are famous for the camaraderie and congeniality around the table, as well as the stimulating, amusing and often unusual conversations that take place among the guests. You are likely to meet people from all around the world, and strike up life-long friendships; we often have a group of guests planning a reunion at Glenburn in future years. In the warmer months, dinner can also be served outdoors on the patio or in one of our gardens. Dinner is normally served anytime between 7.30pm and 9.30pm. Kindly let us know if you would like to dine separately and this can be organized too.
Please let us know if you have any specific dietary preferences before you visit us. We can modify the dishes, and menus, to cope with any allergies or dislikes.
We would also like to know if you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary or any other special occasion while you are with us so we can plan some festivities to grace the occasion.