Great news. For the first time, the garden and tea rooms will be open every weekend in December until Christmas. Enjoy strolling through the garden and treat yourself from the ‘Winter Warmer’ menu or a Sunday roast lunch.
The garden is magical in December. Winter takes over and there is plenty to see and enjoy. The garden is planted for year round interest and coloured barks, berries and winter flowering shrubs, such as the ‘Mahonia nitens ‘Cabaret’ (above) will give you plenty of talking points and photo opportunities. Trees and shrubs that are background structure through the spring and summer become the focal points. Cornus stems in all colours from deep purple to vivid yellow stand out in borders on the main lawn, and the coral-pink catkins of the Golden Alder (Alnus Incana ‘Aurea’) are stunning on a bright winter day against a clear blue sky.
If you have never seen the garden in winter you are in for a treat. There’s little sign of the showy flowers and high growth of summer, but the intense detail of colour, shape and texture in the winter interest plants makes a winter visit worthwhile.
If the weather is too bad, just head for the tea rooms and enjoy looking out onto the garden whilst you warm up with a light lunch or book ahead and treat yourself to Sunday Roast.
Opening hours December: Saturdays and Sundays (excluding Sunday 24th, Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st) 11am – 3pm. Access by donation.
Winter Warmer & Sunday Roast Menu
We hope to see you in the garden soon.
A long walk with a purpose
On Tuesday, November 1st a team from The Garden House will be walking 15 miles along the Drakes Trail to support The World Cancer Research Fund.
We have close links with the WCRF and we were thrilled earlier this year when they chose The Garden House as the venue for their springtime photo-shoot for a national campaign to promote healthy eating.
Inspired by them we created our own healthy eating menu, which has been really popular all season. As we head into winter and the garden closes we wanted to do something special to mark the end of a great season. So a hardy team of staff and volunteers will be putting on their walking shoes and striding out for the WCRF. We will enjoy the walk and the opportunity to spend time together out of the garden, we’ll also enjoy the pub at the end of a long day… most of all though, we want to raise plenty of money!
If you’d like to donate and help us raise money please head over to our page support.wcrf-uk.org/…/the-garden-house-15-mile-walk-for-wor…or pop some money in our tin in the tea rooms next time you are in the garden. Thank you.
A tea room treat -anyone for Pimms and royal chocolate cake?
This Sunday, visitors to our acclaimed tea rooms are in for a treat as Liz Ingram and her team have added scrumptious new dishes to the menu to tempt tastebuds and celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.
Raise a long glass of Pimms before tucking into celebration chicken, or a generous slice of blue Stilton, pear and walnut tart. Leave enough room for nests of strawberry meringue and copious serving of clotted cream.
If it’s just tea you are after, treat yourself to a slice of the official royal-recipe chocolate cake, bedecked with blueberries and raspberries.
Let our tea rooms help you make it a day to remember!
- Long glass of Pimms £3.00
- Celebration chicken with a variety of salad and homemade coleslaw £7.95
- Blue Stilton, pear and walnut tart with a variety of salad and homemade coleslaw £7.95
- Strawberry meringue nests with clotted cream £4.95
Have you heard of The Big Fruitea Party?
It’s a campaign launched nationally by the World Cancer Research Fund UK to promote healthy eating and shine a light on the link between ill health and bad eating habits. The Big Fruitea campaign aims to get people hosting a special tea party whilst raising all important funds for cancer research.
Our tea rooms are well known for having the best range of indulgent cakes for miles around. When Liz Ingram, our tea room manager, was approached by the WCRF back in April to provide a very special, healthy tea to use in a photo shoot for their new campaign, she had to put her thinking cap on. The WCRF supplied some recipe ideas and Liz came up with plenty of her own. The result was a delicious, yet healthy tea that was enjoyed by everyone who took part in the shoot.
You will see pictures from the day in the national press as the campaign rolls out this summer. In the meantime, Liz is creating a new menu section, to offer people healthier choices. It will include sandwiches, fruit treats, peach tea and cucumber cooler. Of course, the indulgent range of cakes that our visitors love will still be available, albeit from the naughty side of the menu!
Find out more about the Big Fruitea Campaign, including how to host your own event.