There are other things that go on in Westergate kitchen. Hilary’s previous career of  cordon bleu cook, contract catering manager, outside catering  provider and cookery school  tutor is never far away.  ‘Simply Cooking’ came from a desire to encourage everyone to cook from scratch using short quickly prepared recipes and dishes presented it as if  all day had been spent in the kitchen.  Utilising foods in season or in the store cupboard is key to cost and time    Cookery tuition in person or by  zoom are available with a choice of  baking desserts, meals in minutes or entertaining   and demonstrations can be arranged at Westergate  for groups of 10 or more titled  Cooking with herbs, Thought for food presentation skills or cooking for a crowd  all come with refreshments and handouts.

There is always something homemade at Westergate House and Hilary’s cookery Facebook page  has many ideas and  how to do videos for  you to peruse.  You can order birthday cookies, afternoon tea boxes and desserts to be made for you to take away.

It can be stressful to arrange a small special occasion in a pub or restaurant with transport and table timings so why not eat here with sole use of the dining room and afterwards a nightcap in the lounge.  We are not licensed but you are welcome to bring your own wine

Producing a menu and bringing it all together on time is a fantastic tool for a team building exercise which has been tried and tested at Harmony House Cookery School with businesses from near and far.  At Westergate House we  have a variety of outdoor cooking equipment which can be utilised for Cookery Team builds  or group events  plus we can arrange other activities  to suit your group to make your day a memorable one.



Paul and Hilary Finney


History of Westergate House

Westergate House  built in 1939 by a local landowner, was named Flers, after the  Battle of Flers–Courcelette where a family member was lost in action. After this it changed to Grimston House, as a respite home for disabled children then Rutland House as Escrick doctors’ surgery.  In the 1980’s  it reverted to Grimston House as a  bed and breakfast and in 2020 when substantially refurbished  it was relaunched as Westergate House after the field next door.

We were able to combine both proximity to York with a private country setting when Westergate  (then Grimston)House became our ideal place to work and live in 2017 having admired this stunning property for many years.     

Since then we have gradually refurbished the accommodation offered  in order to fulfill  modern guest requirements and  ever changing industry standards.

 Paul’s career  as an engineer and garage owner and Hilary’s  lifetime in hospitality as a Cordon Bleu cook  make a robust combination  to offer friendly and personal service with home cooking and well appointed facilities. Whether your visit is business or pleasure, looking for accommodation,  afternoon tea or  family gathering  we aim  to satisfy your  expectations.

In his limited spare time Paul enjoys getting back in his garage to work on classic car projects as well as maintaining his competition landrover for motor sport events whilst Hilary spends her spare time in the garden with the resident cocker spaniels Bonnie and Klyde or teaching cookery classes  

We hope to welcome you  soon.