Cradled in the bowl of our fellside the kitchen gardens sit just below the ornamental gardens, supplemented by the woodland and fellside that provide ample food for the honeybees, and the extra bonus of wild garlic in Spring plus blackberries and hazelnuts in Autumn. Old orchards line the drive and shelter the beehives, but our newer orchard planted with local strains of apple, damsons and walnuts provides most of the kitchen needs.
The wildlife is as enthusiastic about reaping the harvests as we are – in suitably Beatrix Potter tradition. We make a special concession for any Red Squirrels who want first call on the hazelnuts and walnuts.
The greenhouse is a safe haven for more tender varieties of veg and micro greens, including cucumelons, cucumbers and melons. Sun warm tomatoes straight off the vine are one of the most delicious late summer treats imaginable! The vegetable beds are packed with leeks, salad leaves, beetroot, herbs, and edible flowers – all used daily in the kitchens.
Every day the chefs make an edited pick out of the garden to make the amuse bouche for your meal.