Roots + Seeds Kitchen Garden celebrates first birthday with awards and kitchen garden opening
May 9, 2024

Cirencester foodie hotspot Roots + Seeds Kitchen Garden has celebrated its first birthday with a bang, winning two awards and opening its kitchen garden up to everyone for the summer.

The Cotswolds dining hub, based at The Old Kennels in Cirencester Park, Gloucestershire, won ‘Start-up of the Year’ at the Gloucestershire Foodie Awards and ‘Best Restaurant in the Cotswolds’ at the inaugural Slow Cotswolds Awards. It’s also a finalist in the So Glos Lifestyle Awards 2024, ‘Chef of the Year’ category.

Since it opened last year, when I had a lovely lunch down there, it’s opened Roots + Seeds’ Deli – a speciality artisan food store giving Roots + Seeds the opportunity to celebrate outstanding produce and bring it to a wider audience, alongside daily picked produce from Roots + Seeds’ kitchen garden.

Roots + Seeds kitchen garden

And this summer, you’ll be able to wander round its quarter-acre kitchen garden and see the produce for itself with them opening it up to everyone daily from Friday 24th May.

The garden is not only home to produce grown for the restaurant, but also offers a family picnic area and five of the iconic glasshouses from the Scenic Supper – the first chapter in Roots + Seeds’ life – where you can sit with a coffee or takeout. There’s even a climbing frame area and chicken run, and the whole thing is open to all, free of charge. On top of all that, for anyone interested in growing their own, Roots + Seeds co-founder Toby Baggott is on site in the garden on Thursdays and Fridays and happy to give advice.

Roots + Seeds Kitchen Garden enjoys direct access to Grade I Listed landscape of Cirencester Park with its network of tree-lined avenues and incredible views. Perfect for enjoying a walk when you visit.

Toby said: “We are incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved in the 12 months since opening our cafe/restaurant and kitchen garden and feel incredibly grateful and proud to have all our hard work recognised by these awards, particularly as we only opened our doors last Easter!”

“We started out offering socially-distanced fine dining in five greenhouses in a Cotswolds field following the first covid lockdown four years ago and have come a long way since then! Our focus since opening Roots + Seeds is all about building on our relationship with the wider community and providing a fun, welcoming, family- focused environment, whilst celebrating the fantastic fresh produce grown in our own 1/4 acre kitchen garden and from our amazing suppliers within a 25-mile radius.”

Roots + Seeds Kitchen Garden is open for breakfast, brunch and lunch Monday to Sunday and dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings. It has a big focus on sustainability, with menus showcasing seasonal artisan
produce from within a 25-mile radius with fruit and vegetables grown in its own kitchen garden.

It’s just launched its new spring menus, which aim to offer seasonal tweaks focus on classic English dishes with creative, French touches. They include locally-reared beef, lamb, pork and poultry, game from the Bathurst Estate and its neighbours, and fresh fish and seafood delivered daily from Brixham.

There’s a regularly changing ‘specials board’ with ‘Field to Fork’ dishes dictated by the seasons and what’s best on the
day, as well as vegan and vegetarian options and a children’s menu, plus an all- day takeaway menu is also available.

Roots + Seeds food

A family-friendly Friday dinner is served from 4pm – 8pm and on Saturday nights from 5pm – 8pm, an elevated dining experience offering 11 small tapas-style plates and a list of seasonally changing, bespoke gin cocktails using Roots + Seeds own London gin made by co- founder, Sam Lawson King and muddled with his own homemade shrubs cordials and mixers using locally foraged ingredients.

Wine lists are curated by local wine company Talking Wines, and including English wines from Woodchester Valley Vineyard and Poulton Hill, beers produced literally next door by Corinium Ales, and from Lakes Brew Co, a short drive away.

“Sustainability is very much part of our overall goal,” added Toby. “We continually strive to reduce food miles and our carbon footprint, from sourcing as much seasonal produce locally to finally fulfilling a long-held dream of using produce grown on-site for our restaurant and have set a goal to be 75% home-grown by 2025.”

Find out more about Roots + Seeds here.