The grandest salad you've ever seen

A completed demonstration of the Grand Salad

Come and explore our giant vegetable patch, growing over 35 ingredients of a 17th century 'Grand Salad'. Tours, demonstrations, takeaway veg bags and children's activities are all on offer this summer.

Grand Salad display and events from June - August 2017 


Ham House celebrates 300 years of the English salad by creating a Kitchen Garden plot filled with over 35 ingredients that would have made up the 17th century showstopper, the ‘Grand Salad’.

Red chard in the Grand Salad plot in the Kitchen Garden at Ham House
Red chard in the Grand Salad plot in the Kitchen Garden at Ham House


Foodies and gardeners will delight in the smells and tastes of vegetables, herbs and edible flowers, as they explore this walk-through garden plot.


Based on the writings of John Evelyn, who visited Ham House in the 1680s, the plot has been created just as it would have been 300 years ago. 

Come and visit our traditional 17th Century Kitchen Garden
Come and visit our traditional 17th Century Kitchen Garden


Free  Kitchen Garden tours run every Wednesday at 2pm for visitors wanting to learn a bit more about the Grand Salad. Admission charges apply for non-members.


Become a food critic and sample the produce yourself during a demonstration held daily at 1pm between 18-20 & 22-23 July and 8-10, 12 &13 Aug. 


Or cut out the fuss and try our modern version ‘the Ham Salad’ in our orangery café, available every day from June – August. 


Tell us what you think on social media using @HamHouseNT on twitter and Instagram.

17th century kitchen at Ham House
17th century kitchen at Ham House

Pick up a Ham Veg Bag overflowing with fresh produce from the garden and make your own show-stopping salad at home. Veg bags are sold in our shop for £10. 


Every penny you spend on a Ham Veg Bag goes back to our garden team so they can continue to look after our 17th century designed gardens. 


For families there will be a Grand Salad activity map to keep your little ones busy this summer holiday. 


A pack of seeds will be given out with every map so children can take a bit of the Grand Salad home with them.    

Pick up a Veg Bag today at our shop
Pick up a Veg Bag today at our shop