When I set off to find Worton Kitchen Garden, near Cassington and only five miles north-west from the centre of Oxford, I was uncertain what to expect. Located just behind a large farm complex at Worton Rectory, I discovered what I would consider to be one of Oxfordshire’s best kept secrets if you are a foodie and love kitchen gardens, too.

As I strolled up the gravel path leading from the carpark, I was delighted to find a really interesting kitchen garden planted with a wide range of vegetables and fruit, interspersed with colourful bulbs and perennials. At the time of my visit, the large glasshouse beside the entrance pathway was full of colourful spring bulbs as well as an array of salad crops and herbs. The large vines, both in the glasshouse and growing in front of the restaurant entrance, would soon be covered in rich foliage, full of promise of the crop to follow in the autumn.