I do love discovering new places on holiday, especially ones tucked away from the throngs of tourists, hidden at the end of sunken oak tree-lined lanes in deepest Cornwall. I read about the Potager Garden and Glasshouse Cafe in Alastair Sawdays Go Slow England and Wales and it didn't disappoint.
The cafe with its mismatched furniture and huge wood burner, reminded me of the Ethicurean restaurant, and has a small and thoughtful menu inspired by the vegetables grown in the garden. On the cafe tables along with flowers, are packs of cards and sets of dominoes for entertainment, a theme throughout the gardens with a badminton set and boules on the lawn, a table tennis table in the greenhouse and hammocks to lounge on - perfect and oh so child friendly!
The gardens were beautiful with tall striking blue agapanthus flowers and lush green ferns. In the cafe we enjoyed a delicious pea and mint soup and gooey flour-less chocolate cake washed down with homemade elderflower cordial. I wanted to lounge in one of the many sunny glades to read my new book, The Old Ways by Robert Macfarlane about the ancient tracks, paths, drovers roads and holloways that criss-cross the British Isles, but I was drawn into a badminton battle with my husband instead!