With our very own kitchen garden, much of the produce served in our restaurant travels just feet from plot to plate.
Warmed by the Worcestershire sun, our homegrown fruit and vegetables include heritage varieties that wouldn’t have looked out of place here 300 years ago. Protected from the birds in a special growing cage are kohlrabi, artichokes and cardoon – a leafy vegetable popular on the Continent. And of course, there are seasonal favourites like kale, courgettes, onions and parsnips. Our fresh strawberries and raspberries are served in summer and preserved for winter, being made into jams and dried for sorbets, cake icing and even cocktails.
The herb garden echoes The Elms’ heritage, bringing to life what was once an essential feature of the country house estate. Ours is home to more than 100 varieties of herb, creating endless flavour combinations for our chefs and a wonderfully fragrant atmosphere to relax in.
Enfolding these productive areas are acres (ten, in fact) of space to simply enjoy. Borrow mallets and balls and head out to the croquet lawn, or wander among the Edwardian tiered garden, fountain, rose garden and orchard. With mini football nets, a fairy trail and play area, children will also find plenty to love about the great outdoors.
For peaceful moments, there’s always a place to perch. Sit back and relax on the pear terrace, where white doves fly overhead, take a seat overlooking the meadow, or head to the orchard and gaze out over the Teme Valley. If the weather is fine, pick a pew with a view and indulge in afternoon tea or lunch al fresco. Here, there’s plenty of time to take things at nature’s pace.