Kitchen Garden Abundance: It doesn’t get fresher than this!

24 July 2016

The kitchen gardens at our foodie inns are bursting with summer fruits and a rich variety of vegetables, salad leaves and fresh herbs. Here’s our pick of the bunch, where you are actively encouraged to explore the stunning kitchen gardens and, perhaps, spot the chefs harvesting the produce for your lunch.

The Red Lion, East Chisenbury, Wiltshire
Set the Sat Nav to find this 18th-century thatched pub hidden away in a gorgeous village deep in rolling downland on the edge of Salisbury Plain. It will be worth it, as the Red Lion is a culinary oasis, awarded a Michelin Star in 2013, and chef Guy Manning keeps West Berkshire pigs and rescued chickens at the top of the garden, where you will also find the raised vegetable beds and greenhouse and, if you’re lucky, see the chefs picking leaves and herbs for the delicious lunch menu.
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The Pheasant, Gestingthorpe, Essex
Coddled away in a sleepy hamlet in the Stour valley, the 500-year-old Pheasant was rescued from bedraggled decline in 2006 by passionate owners Diana and James Donoghue (a notable landscape designer and RHS exhibitor). The inn is known for its commitment and dedication to self-sufficient enterprise – the owners cultivate their own 1-acre kitchen garden replete with poly tunnels, keep chickens and bees, and have even constructed a smokehouse to bolster the kitchen’s output.
Read more about this pub with roomsFelin Fach Griffin, Brecon, Powys
The Griffin shines like a beacon in the Brecons. The isolated spruced up old hostelry is firmly on the Welsh culinary map (the food is sublime) and renowned as a destination inn for those looking for a brilliant bolthole in the Welsh borders. Cosy, rambling rooms demonstrate an artful, understated sense of style and the atmosphere is totally laid back with a vibrant buzz. Outside, take your drink and stroll through the verdant kitchen garden and see what’s growing and likely to be on the day’s menu.
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The Star at Harome, North Yorkshire
You know you’ve landed somewhere special when you spot the thatch on the long, low roof of the smartly whitewashed Star Inn, a 15th century pub perched on the edge of the North Yorks Moors. Chef-owner Andrew Pern won the first Michelin star for Yorkshire and has been delighting us ever since. There’s a fabulous terraced garden and an immaculate kitchen garden out back, the latter featuring a rustic chef’s table smack in the middle of overflowing vegetable beds.
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