Food and drink
Dine in style at The Elms… in whatever style you choose. From family breakfasts in the sunny Garden Café to scones and cakes by a roaring fire in the lounge; and from sophisticated fine dining in the restaurant to a light lunch of salad and sandwiches on the patio.
Our kitchens are headed up by acclaimed chef Chris von Landkammer, who infuses many of our delectable dishes with touches of Asian cuisine garnered from his experience in the Far East. Using the freshest of ingredients, and fruit, herbs and vegetables from The Elms’ extensive kitchen garden, he conjures up a daily smorgasbord of fabulous meals.
We are particularly proud of our kitchen garden – home to over 100 herbs, and bursting with fruit and veg. Ian, the kitchen gardener, tends and nurtures the plants that become the flavoursome ingredients that tantalise your taste buds. If you catch him when he’s not too busy, he’ll be delighted to give you growing tips, guide you around the greenhouses, bestow his encyclopaedic knowledge of birds and show off the venus fly traps and carnivorous plants that keep the insects at bay.
Breakfast is a relaxed affair in the Terrace restaurant, where everyone can get stuck into a generous buffet, and order plated cooked breakfasts with a specially designed menu for children.
A light lunch is served daily in the Garden Café with its exceptional view across the lawns. On Fridays and at the weekend, why not treat yourself to a mouthwatering a la carte lunch in the Brookes restaurant?
For dinner, you can choose to dine with your children in the Terrace room (adjoining the Brookes restaurant) from 6pm. Those whose appetites need to be satisfied earlier in the evening can opt for High Tea between 5pm and 6pm in the Garden Café.
Escape the children and indulge in a ‘date night’ together. After 7pm, the Brookes restaurant transforms into a sophisticated grown-up dining experience. All you have to do is open the menu and let your taste buds dictate the rest. We offer a baby listening service, so you can switch off the parenting buttons and be just a couple once more.
During the day, guests are welcome to order food and drinks outside of the restaurants – whether you choose an indulgent afternoon tea in one of the cosy lounges, or some ice-cold cocktails on the velvety lawns; Teddy Bears’ tea for the children or an energising morning coffee with home-made biscuits.
Whatever the occasion: from cocktail parties to business lunches, The Elms can cater for private groups of up to 40 guests – or you can choose ‘exclusive hire’ to have the whole place to yourself and up to 150 guests for 24 hours. Click on ‘Celebrations’ for more information or contact our Events Manager on 01299 896666 or [email protected].