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Kitchen Garden

Head gardener, Mark has worked closely with our chefs, since the start of 2017 to design a kitchen garden in harmony with the requirements of the inn’s kitchen.

The garden has been laid out as it might have been in Victorian times with additional modern crop varieties being introduced at the request of the chefs to ensure an exciting and varied menu at the inn.

In this, our first year, we have enjoyed excellent crops of cabbages, cauliflower, kale, onions, garlic, leeks, lettuces and other salads in particular and we are looking forward to a bumper pumpkin season.

The new glasshouses, which are Victorian replicas will house plant propagation facilities, heated beds and benches for the all year round production of micro veg and other salad crops. Other produce that requires warmth for growth, such as tomatoes, aubergines, peppers will be grown in season and grape vines, peaches, apricots and nectarines will grow up the garden walls.

The Chefs

Head chef Gary has over 15 years’ professional kitchen experience, and has worked for some of the most renowned chefs in North England and overseas.

Rising through the ranks at Michelin-starred The Yorke Arms at Pateley Bridge, and 3AA rosette Orangery Restaurant at Rockcliffe Hall, Gary’s most recent experience comes from highly acclaimed Lancrigg Hall at Grasmere. He also spent some years at Terry Laybourne’s 21 Hospitality Group. Time in East Asia and Australia, working in various kitchens and picking up inspirational ideas along the way, has also greatly influenced Gary’s cooking style.

With a passion for creating fresh, seasonal, simple dishes that demonstrate what the local area has to offer, Gary is working closely with the head gardener at nearby Netherby Hall where the majority of the kitchen’s fruit, vegetables and herbs originate from.  Gary also takes pride in sourcing his meat and fish locally, ensuring that his menu is a real showcase of the passion he feels for the food of the area.

The Gardener

Head gardener Mark Jeffery trained in Agricultural Botany at Leeds University and Tropical Agriculture at Southampton University. Following a research trip to Africa in the 1980’s he started a career in Horticulture gaining a Master of Horticulture (M.Hort) from the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) in the mid 1990’s.

He has been working in gardening for over 30 years and has been a head gardener for over 25 of these. He worked for the National Trust for Scotland for 17 years, 15 as head gardener and latterly two years as property manager/head gardener. Mark joined the team at Netherby in December 2016.

Working in harmony