Tea served honestly

Tea served honestly

Houghton Lodge Gardens in Stockbridge are excited to announce that Honesty Group – Artisans of fine baking and cooking will run their tearoom from 1st April 2017.

Honesty food is all about seasonal, simple, well cooked food, making use whenever possible of local, small producers. They hope to use some of the fresh, ripe produce from Houghton Lodge garden in their pies, tarts and soups that will be on offer through the season.

This will be the fourth tearoom for Honesty, who have built up quite a foodie reputation. Their experience comes from the success of three other Hampshire/Berkshire tearooms, a hotel and restaurant and cookery school. Food is all made using no additives, chemical flavour enhancers or preservatives, and only rainforest alliance coffee beans and ethically produced teas.

Customers to Honesty at Houghton Lodge Gardens can look forward to simple, classically English menus done really well. You’ll be able to splurge on stunningly good treats of breakfast pastries, bacon butties, home-baked cakes, biscuits, tarts, panini and sandwiches. There will be imaginative salads, filled pies, quiches, soup and cream teas. There will be a hot dish each day that will change as the season progresses. The tempting tearoom will also sell Honesty’s freshly baked artisan breads, jams and pickles to take home.

When the weather is warm, you can eat outside, surrounded by scents from the flowers and surrounding kitchen garden. For more shelter, eat in the main tearoom or Orangery, with views over the walled garden. The House is open to Groups by appointment only and Honesty can provide a delicious pre-ordered lunch or afternoon tea. For those purchasing day fishing permits, the tearoom also offers hearty lunchboxes or hampers.

Whether you are looking to indulge in a morning coffee, breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea - great food surrounded by gorgeous flowers makes for a winning combination. Visitors to just the tearoom and our art exhibition are welcome without the need to purchase a ticket for the garden.

Houghton Lodge Gardens and tearoom are open from 10am – 5pm, 1st April – 1st October when the season ends with an Apple Day in the walled Garden.

For more information go to www.houghtonlodge.co.uk