There are many things one might look for when planning a UK staycation; an indoor pool, perhaps? Seaside views? A sumptuous freestanding bath? But what about a kitchen garden?
In the search for more sustainably-sourced and organically-grown produce, hotels across the UK have taken it upon themselves to provide guests with their very own homegrown and seasonal staples. The result is a delicious and conscious
‘farm to fork’ approach which is good for both us and the planet. With that in mind, we highlight 10 beautiful British hotels with kitchen gardens, from a Jacobean castle to a charming Hampshire retreat.
Eco Staycations To Plan Ahead 10 Beautiful British Hotels with Kitchen Gardens
Ventnor, Isle of Wight
A delightful boutique hotel situated in the seaside resort of Ventnor, Hillside boasts a beautiful walled garden. The hotel’s culinary experts take a revered approach to cooking; they are passionate about producing high-quality and homegrown food, a passion which, as
Great British and Irish Hotels editor Fiona Duncan states, ‘makes the restaurant’s culinary experience stand out’.
For a holistic retreat with delicious and seasonal food thrown in, look no further than Lime Wood. The Hampshire hotel’s restaurant, Hartnett Holder & Co., serves up wholesome, flavourful and locally-sourced dishes inspired by the surrounding forest. A whole host of the ingredients are cultivated in The Greenhouse, a Victorian-style glasshouse filled to the brim with Mediterranean fruit, vegetables and herbs.
If you’ve ever had the chance to visit one of The Pig hotels, you’ll know that these charming, one-of-a-kind establishments are serious about serving up sustainable, seasonal and locally-sourced produce. But if you want a tase of both land of sea, we recommend a stay at Studland branch, The Pig-
On The Beach. Think homegrown vegetables carefully cultivated from the expansive hotel kitchen garden, and deliciously fresh seafood caught from the surrounding coastline.
Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire
From the Beatrix Potter-inspired afternoon tea to an indulgent Sunday lunch served with homegrown veg, every dish at Wiltshire’s Jacobean Woolley Grange has been carefully curated with delicious and seasonal ingredients. Of course, the manor house boasts a kitchen garden too, featuring florals, fruit & veg, and over 100 herbs – plus an adorable family of chickens and ducks.
A spectacular Tudor castle surrounded by 14 acres of beautiful gardens, it is only right that this historic hotel have its own kitchen garden. In fact, you’ll find a vineyard and wildflower meadow too. For real insight into the hotel’s homegrown culinary delights, Head Gardener Kate offers guests tours of the kitchen garden, followed by afternoon tea.
Nestled by the Cornish coast – with spectacular views overlooking the Fowey Estuary – Fowey Hall serves up delicious seasonal dishes with emphasis on locally-sourced, fresh seafood, as well as ingredients cultivated in the hotel kitchen garden.
Branded as ‘the soul of The Methuen Arms kitchen’, this charming West Country hotel takes great pride in its kitchen garden, also home to three honey-producing beehives. Flavourful homegrown ingredients enhance the hotel’s coveted menu, which was awarded its third AA Rosette last year.
Back in February, Hertfordshire country estate The Grove announced that it would be implementing a brand new
‘Jemima’s Kitchen Garden’ filled with homegrown produce to be utilised by the kitchen teams. Taking over a corner of the current Walled Garden, the new plot is set to feature fig trees, vegetables, herbs and a flow bee hive ‘for honey on tap’, plus a seating area for guests to relax and take it all in.
An idyllic spa retreat located in the New Forest, New Park Manor serves up seasonal dishes very much inspired by its surroundings – think Lymington crab, Poole Bay moules and game and pork terrine – with the addition of homegrown vegetables and herbs from the hotel garden.
Renowned for its sustainable and award-winning organic produce, this 2,500-acre Gloucestershire farm is the ideal place to stay if you’re looking for a restorative retreat with delicious homegrown food. Daylesford’s The Wild Rabbit offers a fine dining experience featuring organic and fresh ingredients plucked from the farm, as well as local artisan producers. If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, take an on-site cooking class at the Daylesford Cookery School where you’ll get the chance to explore the organic Market Garden and taste and trial cooking with the farm’s homegrown food yourself.
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