From Plot to Plate at Clumber Park

The apple orchard at Clumber Park

The stunning orchards in the Walled Kitchen Garden at Clumber Park provide more than just visual beauty - the fruits are used in our dishes in the Café too.

There are many ingredients sourced from the Walled Kitchen Garden for our dishes in the  Cafe, and the fruits from the orchard are among the most important.

Our Head Chef works closely with our Head Gardener to get the best seasonal ingredients and access to ‘outlawed vegetables’ that you just won’t see in the supermarket, and to create our daily garden inspired salads, puddings and lunch specials.

Entrance to the Walled Kitchen Garden at Clumber Park
Walled Kitchen Garden at Clumber Park
Entrance to the Walled Kitchen Garden at Clumber Park

The orchards form part of this, and the exquisite fruits from the beautiful blossoming apple and pear trees ensure that our dishes are fresh, tasty and delightful.

The apple orchards have been a hugely important part of the Walled Kitchen Garden since the times of the Dukes of Newcastle. They were carefully maintained to the highest possible ducal standards by a hardy team of gardeners to ensure the harvest was among the best in the country.

In fact the apples were so delicious, that the Dukes would order boxes full of them to be delivered via train to their home in London on Christmas Day!

The gardens team still use traditional growing methods today from the times of the Dukes.

As well as our nationally recognised local apples collection, our Walled kitchen garden is home to 130 different types of Rhubarb which has been awarded national collection status. Our chefs love to show this off in a range of rhubarb inspired dishes on our menu, and these compliment the apples from our apples superbly.

A slice of apple and rhubarb crumble with lots of custard
A slice of apple and rhubarb crumble
A slice of apple and rhubarb crumble with lots of custard

Whether you are looking for a relaxing lunch with friends and family, there is always something to tempt you in our Cafe.  Every time you eat in the Cafe, you help us to look after this special place to inspire future generations.

But whether eating or not, our Walled Kitchen Garden and orchards are well worth a visit.