Pub Kitchen Gardens to Explore

8 May 2017

Allotments and raised beds in the kitchen gardens at our foodie inns will soon be bursting with summer fruits and a rich variety of vegetables, salad leaves and fresh herbs. 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, include an eco-haven in the wilds of Northumberland with its own market garden; two fabulous Michelin starred pubs with rooms; a stylishly refurbished Lancashire local with an ‘Incredible Edible’ garden; and a culinary treasure on the beautiful Welsh Borders.
The Battlesteads, Wark, Northumberland

Sustainability is intrinsically woven into every aspect of how Richard and Dee Slade operate the Battlesteads, a traditional Northumbrian stone inn in the heart of Hadrian’s Wall country. Their commendable carbon neutral aims, which include their own poly-tunnels and beautifully tended raised beds that yield bumper crops of fresh vegetables and fruits, are clear indicators of a caring, thoughtful approach to all aspects of inn-keeping.
Read more about the Battlesteads in Wark, Northumberland
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 an immaculate kitchen garden out back featuring a rustic chef’s table smack in the middle of overflowing vegetable beds.
Read more about the Star Inn, Harome, North Yorkshire
Eagle & Child, Ramsbottom, Lancashire

Glen Duckett’s unassuming roadside pub has been stylishly revamped and now features a smart new Orangery dining room, quirky, luxurious rooms, great food and fabulous views. On a good day, head for the 1-acre garden, where you’ll find a chicken run (your breakfast eggs couldn’t be fresher) and a prolific ‘Incredible Edible’ small-holding where vegetables, leaves and herbs for your dinner are grown.
Read more about the Eagle & Child, Ramsbottom, Lancashire
The Red Lion, East Chisenbury, Wiltshire

Set the Sat Nav to find this 18th-century thatched pub hidden away 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 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.
Read more about the Red Lion, East Chisenbury, Wiltshire
Felin Fach Griffin, Brecon, Powys

The isolated spruced up Griffin Inn 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 a stroll through the verdant kitchen garden and see what’s growing and likely to be on the day’s menu.
Read more about the Felin Fach Griffin, Brecon, Powys


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