Cirencester's newest family dining destination, Roots + Seeds Kitchen Garden, is set to open its doors this Easter 2023.
The new restaurant from the team behind The Scenic Supper is located within the picturesque grounds of Cirencester Park on the Bathurst Estate — and SoGlos managed to get a sneak peek at how it's coming along before it officially opens to the public.
While the finishing touches are still being added, the bright, airy dining room with its vaulted ceiling is already taking shape nicely, with handmade decorations using seasonal flowers being created especially for the Easter opening weekend.
The children's room and outdoor adventure play area are both ready to go, providing plenty of entertainment for little ones, whether they're active and outdoorsy or crafty and creative.
Scenic Supper fans will be pleased to see that three of the glasshouses have made the move from Todenham Manor Farm and are now located within the kitchen garden, where fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers and herbs are already growing in raised beds and polytunnels, overseen by co-founder and passionate gardener, Toby Baggott.
The outdoor dining areas were being built during our visit and promise to give diners spectacular sunset views over the park during the summer months.
But perhaps most exciting of all is the menu. Breakfast is served from 9am to 3.30pm, with dishes spanning classic full English and vegetarian breakfasts, eggs benedict and royale, or more creative choices like black pudding, potato and chive hash with fried egg or tenderstem brocolli, dukkah, poached eggs and sourdough.
Lunch is served from 12pm to 3.30pm with everything from soup of the day with a side of sourdough to burgers, flatbreads and kitchen garden salads.
The seasonal dinner menu is still in development, but is likely to feature dishes such as duck liver parfait with orange chutney and brioche; Bibury trout with chive crème fraîche and garden herbs; chicken, wild girolles and pistachio pie and asparagus; honey glazed steak onglet with potato and buttermilk waffle and chive butter; rhubarb crème brûlée; cherry bakewell tart with homemade mascarpone; and sticky toffee pudding.
For anyone dining over the Easter holidays, the current specials boards feature wild mushrooms on toast with egg yolk; braised pork cheek with apple purée and slaw; and braised lamb shank with orzo and heritage carrots.
The cocktail menu is equally impressive, separated into the Garden Collection with options including a King Stone Gin and tonic, a rhubarb gin shrub and a rosemary sour; Marvellous Mocktails like a non-alcoholic rhubarb shrub and a lavender, chilli and thyme spritz; and Bathurst Classics including a negroni, a light and stormy, a rhubarb margherita and three variations on an espresso martini — including The Scenic Supper cult favourite, chocolate orange espresso martini.
There's a good selection of local beers and ciders, soft drinks and barista coffee on offer, too.
Roots + Seeds Kitchen Garden officially opens on Friday 7 April 2023.
For more information, see A new family dining experience is coming to the Cotswolds.