Scenic Supper founders to open new dining hub in Cirencester
January 23, 2023

Given the Cotswolds is only an hour down the road from Coventry and Warwickshire, I find myself increasingly loving a little jaunt to the land of chocolate box villages, good pubs, nice food and plenty of walks. And even though the Cotswolds has firmly established its foodie reputation, it never seems to stop improving.

Back in lockdown, the Scenic Supper took the idea of al fresco dining and didn’t just make it work – but turned it into a dream rather than a necessity. Greenhouses dotted along a Cotswolds hillside, all with great views, serving up tasting menus packed with local ingredients and fabulous cocktails and wines alongside it.

Fast forward a few years and after trying out various winter venues, bringing the greenhouses back several summers on the bounce, the Scenic Supper is going one step further and launching a brand new dining hub, Roots + Seeds Kitchen Garden, which is set to open at Easter.

Roots + Seeds Kitchen

Its home will be in Cirencester – specifically The Old Kennels in Cirencester Park, (the Bathurst Estate) Gloucestershire and it will serve coffee, breakfast, brunch, lunch and afternoon tea or takeaway daily, plus dinner from Thursday to Saturday.

The cafe and restaurant’s home will be a new space with vaulted ceilings and large windows overlooking the kitchen garden. There’s even a separate children’s room next door, full of books and arts and crafts equipment designed to entertain families with young children.

Outside, two courtyards will form dining spaces divided by edible flower and herb-filled raised beds, plus access to an outdoor children’s play area as well as the kitchen garden. Two of the Scenic Supper’s iconic glasshouses will also be re-sited in the Roots + Seeds kitchen garden, offering somewhere to sit with a coffee or take out.

Roots + Seeds Kitchen

Like the Scenic Supper did, The Roots + Seeds Kitchen Garden menus will showcase some of the finest Cotswolds artisan produce from within a 25-mile radius alongside fruit and vegetables grown in its own, on-site kitchen garden.

Head Chef Sam Idione’s menus will showcase fresh, home-grown and local artisan produce, including locally reared beef, lamb, pork and poultry, game from the Bathurst Estate and its neighbours, and fresh fish
and seafood delivered daily from Brixham in Devon.

The menu’s described as focusing on classic English dishes with creative, French touches, including vegetarian and vegan options, plus a regularly-changing ‘specials board’. There will also be a children’s menu.

Dinner is served in the main restaurant Thursday – Saturday and will offer a more sophisticated dining experience with elevated service and style, to ensure a new and exciting dining destination for Cirencester.

Roots + Seeds will also have a full bar with award-winning, artisan King Stone gin made by Roots + Seeds founder, Sam Lawson-King, taking centre stage. Expect seasonally-changing gin cocktails muddled with Sam’s own homemade shrubs, cordials and mixers, plus English sparkling wines, a short, but well curated wine list of Old and New World varieties, beers produced literally next door by Corinium Ales and Hook Norton Brewery ciders.

As well as supplying fresh produce for the restaurant, the Kitchen Garden will be used as a community space to encourage local school children to grow food in an interactive environment, and for volunteers and those from mental health charities to come together. On Saturdays, Toby Baggott, a passionate gardener, will be in the Kitchen Garden to talk to visitors about all aspects of growing food.

Roots + Seeds Kitchen Garden