The Gardener’s Kitchen was refurbished in March 2016 and we appointed new caterers, Heritage Portfolio, to offer delicious and exciting new menus. As part of the changes you can now enjoy a delicious breakfast menu on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am – 11am, (before the daily menu starts, Monday – Sunday from 11am) try our new menu which includes maple bacon, poached free-range eggs, a full Arley breakfast & even more!

Granted the Royal Warrant of Appointment for catering services to Her Majesty the Queen, the Edinburgh-based company provide acclaimed catering for many prestigious venues.

For a fresh, delicious and nutritious brunch, lunch and afternoon tea, The Gardener’s Kitchen is the perfect place to relax and enjoy some home cooking. All of the food is ‘made from scratch’ using, where possible, ingredients from the Kitchen Garden at Arley Hall and dont forget our “Fish & Chip” Friday special, delicious!

The team from the award winning Heritage Portfolio have created a café where they embrace the ethos of fresh, local and seasonal produce. Julie Friel and Brian Canale are the two chefs behind the dishes and they’ve worked hard to create a menu that offers a fresh twist on national favourites. From salads to sandwiches, deli counter to a main dish, cakes to sweets, there is something for everyone at any time of day.

RECIPES written by the 18th century’s domestic goddess, Elizabeth Raffald, have been recreated at Arley Hall – the country home where she learnt her trade. Visitors will be able to sample her culinary delights – the Delia Smith of her time – in The Gardener’s Kitchen.

Steve Hamilton, General Manager at Arley, said the estate was determined to pay tribute to the author of The Experienced English Housekeeper, which was one of the first cookbooks and a big hit when it was published in the 1700s.

“Elizabeth Raffald is a huge character in Arley’s history and it is only right that we mark her contribution to the estate’s past,” he said.

It is believed The Experienced English Housekeeper went through 13 authorised editions and at least 23 pirated ones. In 1773, she sold the copyright to her publisher for £1,400 – about £200,000 today.

It contains 800 original recipes and is split into three parts – the first being dedicated to browning, soups, fish, plain meat, game, pies and puddings.

The second covers confectionary and includes ‘directions to set out a table in the most elegant manner and in the modern taste.’ She goes on to explain the finer details of pickling, potting and distilling in the final section.

In a note to Lady Elizabeth Warburton she said: “I am not vain enough to propose adding anything to the experienced housekeeper, but hope these recipes may be of use to young persons who are willing to improve themselves.”

The Gardener’s Kitchen will now be dedicated to her memory with recipes on the menu and history boards detailing her links to the estate.

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To speak to a member of our team about using The Gardener’s Kitchen for your event please call 01565 777 667 or 01565 777037 email kerri@heritageportfolio.co.uk