Victorian Kitchen Gardens

The production of fruit and vegetables in our own Victorian kitchen gardens & greenhouses is something we are justifiably proud of!!

When Ringwood Hall was a private residence some 200 years ago, there would have been a large team of gardeners cultivating produce from the kitchen gardens for the family of the house to enjoy. Times have changed of course!! Today the kitchen gardens are now maintained by a team of 6 gardeners under the watchful eye of our head gardener Derek Edwards.

The kitchen gardens produce a wide variety of fruit and vegetables for consumption within the hotel`s restaurant. The crops are grown in 16 raised beds on a rotation basis, (to reduce the risk of pests and disease which means we do not have to use pesticides, so very little, or in some cases no chemicals are used at all.)

Our crops grown consist of potatoes, courgettes, green beans, leaks, onions and beetroot to name but a few.

The greenhouse gardens has three large greenhouses which altogether total a massive 200ft of growing area under glass. In one season our gardeners can grow up to one ton of tomatoes for use in our kitchen, as well as smaller quantities of peppers and cucumbers. Some of the greenhouses still have the original heating systems that were in use when Charles Paxton Markham owned Ringwood Hall.

Charles was the grandson of the famous Joseph Paxton who designed the gardens at Chatsworth House and the famous Crystal Palace in London. Although there is no documentary evidence to say that Joseph Paxton had any links to Ringwood Hall, other than being grandfather to Charles Paxton Markham, it does make you wonder if there was any influence from him, with regards to the gardens as the general concept of the grounds is so similar to Chatsworth but on a far lesser scale.

All of the produce that is grown in our Victorian kitchen gardens and greenhouses is used within the hotel, this not only makes our food beautifully fresh, but cuts our carbon footprint.

Our 2011 banqueting, private dining, buffet and canape menus are now available in pdf format on all our private dining webpages. These can be viewed on line or downloaded if you prefer.

From simple hot and cold buffet lunches, and suppers to Corporate or Private Dining, Sunday lunch or evening dining, we can match your occasion requirements......flexibility is our keyword, call our private dining co-ordinators on 01246 280077 for further details.

Victorian Kitchen Gardens

Thank you and your staff for looking after our guests last Thursday. Eveyone enjoyed the evening, especially being able to enjoy the gardens from the Chatsworth Suite.

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