Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Eating out, drinkng & dining for Lunch in Malmesbury, Try the Belvedere Cafe for food and hot drinks.

Whilst visiting the Abbey House Gardens you might like to try our newly refurbished and weather proofed cafe and dining area to recharge you batteries and drink in the gardens atmosphere a little. The Belvedere has seating both in doors and out and is situated adjacent to our peaceful stew pond and coi carp collection.

The Belvedere originally began life as a former coal shed and workshop for the house and gardens before its convertion to its current function room capabilities. Its now multiple uses include a corporate business meeting place, wedding reception area and gathering space for large group of visitors as part of the garden tour hosted by Ian & Barbara Pollard. The spacious area and glass sliding doors can be opened out towards the river gardens on suitable weather days to give a soothing mediterranean feel.

The cafe itself is open for visitors and diners from 11am everday until 5pm. Always ably staffed by the ever friendly Georgia and Jess. A new addition to the menu is the ever popular panini in three different tasty flavours and available for a very reasonable £2.95. For those guests who just require a hot drink to set them up for the garden meander please choose from our selection of Latte, Mocha, Expressos, hot chocolates, and range of quality teas.

Keeping things local, fresh and organic is important for us here at the Abbey House Gardens. You cant get more local, wholesome or pure than our very own 100% pure apple and pear juice. Our orchard houses 180 different trees with varying apple and pear types (130 apple trees in total), some of the trees are vintage dating back to the 15th and 16th century. We harvest the fruit every year and a local farmers wife paturises, presses and then bottles the juice on our behalf. 100% pure apple and pear juice, 100% organic. On a very good harvest year we sometimes produce a number of grapes and we have this made up into juice also. Why not sit up and sip our juice whilst sat on one of the benchs in amongst the orchard trees?

If you book as a large group to visit the gardens why not pre book you food for your lunch? Give us a few days notice and we will gladly source some local produce for our famous Wiltshire Ploughmans. Wiltshire ham, local wiltshire cheese (from local producer Ceri Cryer), and beautiful fresh rolls from Malmesburys old bake house. Just let us know your requirements whilst booking your group visit.

As with most things at the Abbey House Gardens we are quite flexible and accomadating with the requests of our visitors. If your after a venue for corporate meetings or hospitality then please call our office on 01666 822212.

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