Parkland and Walled Garden lunches at Swinton Park

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Parkland and Walled Garden lunches at Swinton Park :
The restoration, design and planting scheme of an 18th Century landscape
Date: 1st Feb 2005
With 200 acres of parkland and a 4 acre walled garden, it is not surprising that Swinton Park, a luxury castle hotel in the Yorkshire Dales, has decided to bring a taste of the outdoors to their 2005 programme of events.

This year, Susan Cunliffe-Lister will be hosting a series of Garden Lunches in the award winning Samuel’s restaurant, with a talk about the history of the parkland and walled garden and a guided tour of the grounds.

Susan is highly regarded in her field, with her gardens at Burton Agnes in East Yorkshire voted one of the top ten in the country by viewers of Gardener’s World in 2003 and she was also awarded Country Life Gardener of the Year in 2001. Swinton Park’s head chef, Andy Burton, has recently been awarded 3 rosettes for culinary excellence by the AA, placing the restaurant in the top 10% in the country.

During April and May the lunches will focus on the parkland. The grounds were designed and laid out in the 18th Century, most of which remain unaltered, including an orangery, five lakes, druids seats, standing stones and follies. The lunches will coincide with the daffodils in April and the azaleas and rhododendrons in May. Guests will also be provided with a history card and walking map to accompany their tour.

During May, June and July, the focus of each lunch will be on the walled garden. All herbs, fruit and vegetables on the menu will be sourced from the garden, and guests will be given a recipe card and tips for growing and harvesting the produce sourced. Ingredients will include asparagus, courgettes, strawberries, salad leaves, artichokes, raspberries and blueberries. Guests will also be provided with a history card and planting layout of the walled garden to accompany their tour.

The charge per guest for Garden Lunch, which includes two courses and coffee, a talk and guided tour : £20.

Garden Lunch dates are :
Monday 4th April (Daffodils)
Tuesday 10th May (Azaleas and Rhododendrons)
Monday 30th May (Walled Garden)
Tuesday 28th June (Walled Garden)
Monday 25th July (Walled Garden)