Hello spring...

"In spring, everything is full of promise...." - Charles Lanman. It's a season when fresh new vegetables are available such as spring greens, cabbage, cauliflower and leeks. Our kitchen team will weave their magic with all this new bounty to produce seasonal soups and stews. All dishes are freshly prepared using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients where possible. Treat yourself by trying one of Sue's puds and desserts that are just like my gran used to make.

Lin Renvoize, Web editor, Brownsea Island Lin Renvoize Web editor, Brownsea Island
A gardener pulling rhubarb at Clumber Park

What's in season: April 

Spring is in full swing and gardeners and growers are busy tending their veg patches and gathering delicious crops including early, unforced rhubarb, which is one of our favourite vegetables. We're sharing our tips on how to grow, harvest and cook rhubarb.

Visitors looking at asparagus growing in the Kitchen Garden in June at Beningbrough Hall, North Yorkshire

What's in season: May 

Britain has the best asparagus in the world, and May is the month when it really comes into season. It's also time to start moving young plants outside to harden up.

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