If you love fresh fruit and veg but don’t much fancy the idea of growing it yourself to eat, you can leave the hard graft to the expert gardeners, and still reap the benefits. In the UK there are an abundance of excellent kitchen gardens where you can eat the freshest produce in some of the most delicious concoctions you have ever seen. Take a tour with us throughout the UK, and start checking them off your list of places to visit:
Levens Hall, Cumbria
A wonderful variety of freshly grown fruit and veg, and also home to some of the oldest species of produce in the world. You can take a step back in time and eat as they used to, while enjoying the comforts of the modern world.
Attingham Park, Shropshire
Not just a wonderful place to eat the freshest of the fresh, and try some old worldly type veg, but also a wonderful place to visit for the gardens designed by expert garden landscapers and beautiful buildings it houses.
Beningbrough Hall and Gardens, Yorkshire
Offering some of the more exotic varieties of seasonal fruits and vegetables, as well as the more traditional versions, Beningbrough Hall and Gardens is a wonderful place to try something new, and an even better place to try something old.
With vegetables and meat reared on site, no matter what you choose you know you’re getting the best. With fabulous gardens to stroll around to rouse the appetite, finish off your visit with a lunch at the tasty café.
Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk
The main attraction at the hall is the gardens within which showcase the work of local residents who grow their veg there. A trip to the café ensures you get the real taste of the area, and all it has to be proud of. A beautiful example of expert landscape gardening.
Daylesford Organic, Gloucester
A popular hotspot with locals and tourists alike, Daylesford has a great range of fresh produce which is all used in their excellent café. A visit isn’t complete without trying one of the many items which are made using their organic apples.
Chartwell House, Kent
Finally moving south, Chartwell proves that spectacular fruit and veg aren’t just kept up north. Proud to be one of the original suppliers of fresh fruit and veg to 10 Downing Street, you can be sure when you eat here you’re eating the best. Only the best of garden care goes into their grounds’ upkeep.
With a huge expanse of land, it’s hardly surprising that the produce grown here is extensive in its range and variety. It’s got some of the most fertile land around, and many of the trees are generations old, with one of their apple trees still standing after 160 years. With that much experience in gardening, you know it’s going to be good.
A wonderful example of a traditional Victorian kitchen garden, the site was also used to house the secret RAF base of operations during world war two, so is well versed in feeding hungry tummies. It is also now a wonderful community site where local families can come and try their hand at growing their own produce, with advice from experienced gardeners, helping to create a brand new generation of fruit and veg lovers.
Knightshayes Court, Devon
Moving to the West Country, there’s no surprise that it’s got a few kitchen gardens knocking about, but we think Knightshayes is one of the best. It has an astounding crop of seriously old school Victorian vegetable and fruit varieties, many of which are nearly extinct. The desire to keep the old crops alive allows for some of the most delicious food around, and allows an eye opening look into the history of our food.