The beginning of August and our cutting garden is resplendent with big, bold Dahlias. We will have lots for sale in the shop and online – if you don’t see a bunch you like, just let us know and whenever possible we will pick a bunch for you there and then.
Following on from our first hedgerow plums last week, we have now picked our first cultivated variety – Rivers Early Prolific – delicious, juicy, sweet and with a hint of acidity in the skins – not to be missed!
From the glasshouses, we have Cucumbers, Gherkins, Padron Peppers and Agretti to add to the plentiful Beans, Tomatoes, Aubergines and more.
From the field, we have our first potato of the year – the delicious, nutty and creamy Ratte. Originating in France in the late 19th Century, these were already among the most sought after potatoes in the world even before Joel Robuchon used them to create his signature mashed potato dish. In the restaurant, we will be serving them boiled and buttered as an accompaniment to our Oven Roast Plaice and Agretti.
From Cornwall this week we have managed to secure more Mackerel, Monkfish, Plaice, Lobsters and Scallops.
On a house-keeping note, we are having new electricity supplies installed over the next 1-2 weeks. We will endeavour to keep disturbance to a minimum but, inevitably, there may be a few issues. This week the main groundworks are being undertaken – although this will be outside our grounds, the drive and our car park will be inaccessible. A diversion will be signed and all our guests will be directed to the South Car Park to access from our rear gate. Next week, all power supplies will be switched off for a period as the new supplies are connected – unfortunately this means that we will be unable to open on the 11th and 12th of August, next Wednesday and Thursday. We will re-open on Friday 13th August at 10am.
We look forward to greeting you this weekend either in the shop, for cocktails in the garden or for a meal.