The kitchen garden, Tatton Park, Cheshire

The restored kitchen garden at Tatton Park, Cheshire

Tatton's Head Gardener Sam Youd makes sure that all the plants grown in the walled kitchen garden meet certain criteria – that they are grown free of chemicals and that they would only have been grown up until 1900, making the garden a piece of living history.

The walled kitchen garden reflects an almost forgotten era. From mushroom sheds and onion stores to barns and glasshouses, all have been restored to their former use.
Here you'll find historical ‘Scarlet Emperor’ runner beans, local ‘British Queen’ potatoes and quirky ‘Fat Lazy Blonde’ lettuces and other typically Edwardian types of fruit and vegetables growing, which can all be purchased or eaten on the estate when in season.