NATIONAL ALLOTMENTS WEEK runs from 13th August to 19th August this year and the theme is “Living and Growing”. The idea being the importance of growing your own food and I myself believe it is absolutely important to get involved, if you can. It can be anything - herbs on a windowsill; tomatoes in a pot by your backdoor; or strawberries in some hanging baskets. I am very lucky as my partner’s family collectively own an allotment not far from where we live. My kids love seeing food go into the ground as seeds and end up on their plate, although in many instances, it never gets that far and it is consumed there and then.
Allotments are not for the faint hearted, though, and, even though I stake claim to being part of one, the credit really has to go to Jayne and Andy for their hard work all through the year. It takes planning, commitment and painstaking amounts of digging.
Farmyard benefits from their hard work and quite regularly rhubarb, courgettes (and their flowers), greengages, gooseberries, tomatoes and artichokes make their way into the kitchen and onto the menu. Last year, one of our chefs had an allotment and quite regularly would bring in beans and edible flowers for us. We love it – and what better story to tell our guests