Hintlesham Hall’s new garden springs into action
PUBLISHED: 12:56 20 March 2017
The new garden at Hintlesham Hall bursts with life. Flowers, herbs, vegetables and even a patch especially for local school children.
Cool, clean, fresh air. Drinking in the colours of vibrant flowers and leafy greens. The hum of bees and the gentle lyrics of birdsong. It’s no surprise that gardens have a tremendous impact on mental wellbeing. A garden boosts the mood, relieves stress, and improves the environment. So when Hintlesham Hall in Ipswich decided to embark on a new project, no-one objected to improving the garden.
About four months ago, the team decided to completely strip out the existing garden to give the soil a chance to rest, rejuvenate and recover its nutrients. New plant beds were created, for vegetables and salads. Flowers would feature heavily - growing cut flowers means they can be used in the hotel as well, for the visitors to enjoy.
The intention behind this was twofold - firstly creating an edible garden, vegetables and herbs from which can be used in the restaurant kitchen. This would cut down food miles, benefit the environment and give customers an organic, great-tasting connection to their food. The other was to create a sensory garden for guests to enjoy. The beautiful smells of early morning blooms and fragrant evenings are a real draw and a great way to disconnect from our busy, modern lives.
The local primary school has taken on a patch for themselves. Being able to grow and harvest their own vegetables is an excellent opportunity to teach children about the natural world and where our food comes from. Local 16-17 year-olds are regularly given opportunities to help out around the Hall, in the restaurant or in the garden. Hands-on, vocational work does wonders for young people outside the classroom.
As part of a longer term plan, Hintlesham Hall is even planting fruit trees, blueberry and apricot bushes to shorten the journey from the garden to the plate.
Local business Thompson and Morgan has been supportive in getting this garden project off the ground, donating seeds for the Hall and the school to use. And all of this makes it the perfect opportunity for the Hall restaurant to re-design its menus, with fresh local produce at the forefront.
Hintlesham Hall’s lounge menus are in the process of being redeveloped, incorporating seasonal changes to reflect what the garden is growing. A new loyalty card for the restaurant means customers can collect stamps each visit, giving them special deals and offers.
As winter draws to a close and the weather warms up, visitors to the Hall have plenty to look forward to. Sunday Jazz barbecues on the lawn, a Laurent Perrier dinner in May and other events organised by the Hall’s hands-on and dedicated staff.
With modern life proving more and more hectic and challenging every day, it’s important to have a place to relax, unwind and take in the smells and sights of our natural world. Hintlesham Hall is striving to give visitors exactly that.
Hintlesham Hall is a hotel and restaurant in Ipswich, Suffolk. For bookings, visit hintleshamhall.com or call 01473 652334.
Here’s your chance to enjoy Hintlesham Hall. Quote EFD17 when booking and receive 10% off your restaurant food bill (available lunch and dinner excluding Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch – Expires 30 April 2017)