This summer, five star Summer Lodge Country House Hotel and Spa in Dorset’s village of Evershot, will celebrate home-grown, local and seasonal produce by creating a special Garden Afternoon Tea, available throughout August.
Made solely from ingredients that are grown in the hotel’s own kitchen garden, or from top quality producers in the immediate Dorset area, the menu will showcase the best of Britain’s summertime flavours resulting in a delicious, unique afternoon tea centred around local provenance and the fewest possible food miles.
Summer Lodge’s Executive Chef Steve Titman said:
“Our kitchen garden may be modest in size, but it’s particularly special to me because the focus is 100% on quality seasonal produce. We pride ourselves on featuring local Dorset suppliers on our menus, and the new Garden Afternoon Tea is a great testament to the outstanding ingredients available on our doorstep.”
The menu makes particular use of seasonal berries and fruits grown in the hotel garden. Sweet treats include gooseberry fool, lemon posset, elderflower jelly, blueberry cupcakes, raspberry eclairs, strawberry and white chocolate tartlets, plus and a special homemade rhubarb cake using a recipe from the President and Founder of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, Mrs Bea Tollman. An afternoon tea wouldn’t be complete without freshly baked scones, which will be served with blackcurrant jam, made on site, and the freshest Dorset cream.
Summer Lodge has committed to reducing the food miles of the ingredients featured in the afternoon tea’s savoury selection by sourcing from some of the region’s best local farms and suppliers. Sandwiches prepared with fresh bread from the Evershot village bakery will be filled with tomato from the hotel’s garden and Wookey Hole Cheddar – a tangy and ripe local cheese aged in ancient caves, a practise dating back hundreds of years. The egg and cress sandwich sources eggs from a local Beaminster farm and cress from the garden; ham from Sean Vining in Axminster is served with homemade chutney, and the traditional afternoon tea staple of cucumber sandwiches are prepared with cucumbers grown on site.
Summer Lodge’s commitment to sustainability and environmentally friendly practices does not stop at food provenance, as Head Gardener, Michael Francis added:
“We work very hard to limit our carbon footprint throughout all areas of the hotel, and the garden is no exception. Initiatives like our well-tended compost area – which makes use of vegetable waste, egg shells, coffee grounds and leftover tea leaves from our popular afternoon teas – is one of many strategies we’ve implement at the hotel. We don’t use pesticides in our gardens either - instead we plant flowers such as marigolds which are a natural pest deterrent. It all adds up to show that delivering a five-star experience to guests doesn’t have to cost the earth.”
The Garden Afternoon Tea will be priced at £29 per person, and will be available throughout August 2018. To make a reservation, please visit our website or call 01935 482 000.
To find out more about Summer Lodge’s green initiatives, please visit the hotel’s website here.