Raymond Blanc and Kate Humble serve Kew on a Plate

PUBLISHED: 10:52 17 March 2015 | UPDATED: 14:53 19 March 2015

Raymond Blanc and Kate Humble get their hands dirty at Kew (Photo Anna Greenland BBC)

Raymond Blanc and Kate Humble get their hands dirty at Kew (Photo Anna Greenland BBC)

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With so many cookery shows on TV these days, you’d be forgiven thinking producers have run out of ideas – but you’d be wrong.

Double Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc has taken up residence at the world-famous Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, to create a sumptuous fruit and vegetable garden for the BBC.

“This is particularly close to my heart and I am sure viewers will share my inspiration and passion for British heritage, the garden and the glorious food I will cook,” said Raymond at the launch of the TV series.

On the site of Queen Victoria’s former royal kitchen garden, Raymond and co-presenter Kate Humble will also explore the fascinating history and provenance of the heritage varieties of fruit and vegetables across the seasons.

The four-part series kicked off on BBC Two last night (Monday March 16) and is now available on the iPlayer.


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Great Surrey restaurants, pubs and cafés with 'kitchen gardens'

  • The Restaurant at RHS Garden Wisley near Woking aims to make the flagship garden a restaurant destination in its own right and, with many of the ingredients produced on site, ensures all visitors enjoy a Taste of Wisley.
  • At the historic Great Fosters near Egham, The Estate Grill is a contemporary restaurant drawing inspiration from its own kitchen garden, located just outside the restaurant. The hotel’s 50 acres of gardens and parkland are also used to rear livestock such as Gloucester Old Spot pigs, Longhorn cattle and Badger Face sheep.
  • Okay, so it’s not a restaurant or a pub, by the National Trust’s Ham House is home to the Orangery café, which is found in the kitchen garden there. It also happens to host pop-up restaurants throughout the year.
  • Proud owner of its own orchard garden, which supplies the kitchens with fruit and herbs, The Plough in Effingham is found down a quiet village lane in the heart of the Surrey Hills countryside.
  • A beautiful 17th century inn opposite the village cricket pitch at the foot of Leith Hill, the owners of The Parrot farm just six miles down the road from the pub to produce all the lamb, hogget and mutton and some of the beef for the menu and farm shop.
  • The Royal Kitchen Garden at Hampton Court Palace in East Molesey recreates a taste of the gardens that would have fed the royal household through the reign of the Georges.
  • Home to Surrey’s only two Michelin star restaurant, The Latymer, Pennyhill Park in Bagshot also happens to have its own ‘work in progress’ vegetable patch and kitchen garden to ensure ingredients bursting with flavour and plenty of interesting produce for the kitchen.
  • A champion of the international Slow Food movement, Petersham Nurseries Café near Richmond offers fresh, award-winning and ingredient-led cooking. It’s also a prime place for a little celebrity spotting, with Jerry Hall and Richard E Grant among its many fans.
  • Lastly, another one that isn’t a restaurant or a pub, but is, well, a kitchen garden in its own right: Fanny’s Farm Shop near Merstham. As well as a unique treehouse dining area, much of the produce comes from on site at this quirky Surrey treasure.


Know of more Surrey kitchen gardens? Let us know at matthew.williams@surreylife.co.uk

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