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Historic gardens supply delegates with fresh menus

Ringwood Hall Hotel gardens
Ringwood Hall Hotel, a Georgian Grade II listed Manor House in Chesterfield, Derbyshire is making the most of its formal gardens, which are of `historic note` and cover around 6 acres of a stunning 29 acre site.  They are using produce from their unique Victorian kitchen garden in summer delegate and event menus, and in gifts of handmade chutney for conference and event buyers at their June marquee open day.

The garden supplies chef, Sean Oswin, with herbs, fruits and vegetables which are picked, prepared and served the same day, ensuring that delegates and guests receive the freshest, tastiest ingredients in their menus. Sean advise: “We are able to grow special items such as unusual garden herbs and speciality vegetables using organic methods. We work closely on a seasonal basis with Derek,  our head gardener to ensure constant variety and change of product.”  

Ringwood Hall Hotel is a grade 11 listed Georgian Manor House.  Its gardens are of historic importance as documentary evidence shows that the gardens were laid by the same landscapers who worked on the famous gardens at Chatsworth House. The Hotel’s owners have painstkingly returned the gardens to the style seen when the Hall was a private residence.  

So popular is the garden, that tours are now available to guests by Derek Edwards, head gardener, and include the recently discovered ‘secret garden’, the marquee area, the Victorian kitchen gardens, the maze and rose gardens.  

‘‘Being able to work direclty with the head gardener in selecting what crops we grow for our menus, whilst maintaining some of the unusual produce that is unique to a Victorian kitchen garden, is a really special opportunity and means our menus can offer a unique flavour.” adds chef Sean Oswin  

In addition, chefs are prerparing a range of seasonal chutneys as gifts for guests at their action-packed marquee open day on Friday June, 19 2015, where agents and buyers can try out the newly discoevered 4 x 4 track in a high-powered Landrover, turn their hand to archery or clay pigeon shooting, or enjoy refreshments and a tour of the Hotel’s historic gardens. 

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