Last week my lovely friend Ruth and I visited the Garden Kitchen at Holden Clough Nursery.
It is situated in the beautiful village of Holden near Bolton-by-Bowland Lancashire. The nursery itself has some beautiful and unique plants and shrubs; in fact I need a visit in the summer as I have seen some of the most beautiful plants that I want in the garden this year.
The Kitchen Garden is the most beautiful tea room, every bit as unique as its adjoining nursery. I really should have taken more photos of the decor, as it is lovely. Although it is a country tea room, it has a contemporary twist to it that makes its feel modern yet cozy. As soon as you walk in you are made to feel comfortable.
Now I really do believe tea room is a very loose term, as the menu is extensive, ranging from light bites, sandwiches to 3 course meals. All of which looks so tasty. Ruth and I had already decided to go for the festive afternoon tea. Something I had been dying to try for ages. Afternoon tea comes served on a cute little picnic bench; they are changed with the seasons, and always themed. We had ordered the festive bench, which you can have with or without Prosecco. We decided to go for the Prosecco option at £19.95 per person.
The Afternoon Tea Bench comprises of;
- Mini Turkey and Apricot Burger
- Butternut Squash Soup with Blue Cheese Croutons
- Smoked Salmon and Sour Cream Blini
- Smooth Chicken Liver Parfait in a Mini Churn with Melba Toast
- Christmas Tree Shortbread
- Santa Hat Vanilla Cupcake in a Flower Pot
- Cranberry Scone with Raspberry jam and Cream
- Chocolate Yule Log
- Plum Crumble in a Bucket
- Mini Welly of Banana and Cinnamon Milkshake
Served with Tea or Coffee, and a Glass of Prosecco .
So, what was the verdict? The bench was so so cute; in fact we spent ages just looking at it and the little details like the mini Christmas stockings with sweets in and chocolate coins. The seats of the bench were filled with savoury snacks, and the top was filled with sweet treats.
The butternut squash soup was just amazing, as was the turkey and apricot burger. In fact I could not fault any of the food, it was delicious. I loved the little boots with milkshake in, and the tiny plant pot cup cakes.
This is somewhere I would definitely recommend. The service was great and the staff was very friendly. We were not rushed at all as we took our time and enjoyed our picnic over a nice bottle of wine. It really was a very chilled afternoon.
Now I am definitely more a savoury tooth than a sweet tooth, and neither Ruth nor I could finish all the cakes, when we had finished the waitress brought out two little boxes to take our cakes home with us, perfect for the boys to snack on when I returned home.