situated behind the bell, our kitchen garden was established seven years ago to supply the kitchen with a good variety of seasonal vegetables, fresh herbs, an assortment of salad leaves, delicious spring and summer fruits and picking flowers for the restaurant tables. essence garden design translated the initial ideas and over the years it has been transformed it into a proper working kitchen garden.
the garden is divided into sections with a number of raised beds. it has its own in-built natural water irrigation system fed by the spring in the orchard. our compost is organic and we only use organic kitchen waste. the garden works with and for the restaurant kitchen and all the bulbs and seeds are collected, stored and planted again for the following year. recently we have expanded the garden to include tunnels for heritage tomatoes and even more growing areas.
during the year we very often organise kitchen garden tours and visits for local schools when the children can learn how the garden started, how we grow good looking, tasty vegetables and fruit for the bell's busy restaurant. contact reception for details
in the summer months we sell bunches of scented sweet peas, fresh fruit, salads and herbs grown in the garden so do pop into the garden if you are passing. our delicious home-made jams, jellies, marmalades and elderflower cordials are usually available to buy from reception, if you are quick.
the bell is a member of the national garden scheme. contact reception for details of garden tours.
this is a fantastic article by silvana de soissons and well worth reading if you have a few spare minutes!
the kitchen garden featured in itv wales's 'a little piece of paradise' programme 3 with ruth wignal and bill lee. www.itv.com/wales/