Chelsea Physic Garden has opened a new eatery with a focus on fresh, local, seasonal food
“We merge food and horticulture in a green oasis within the city,” says Jared Eagland, general manager at the café.
Plants from the garden are used in the dishes. Other ingredients and flavours are sourced from what is available “right on our doorstep” he added.
Fish is delivered daily from Billingsgate Market and all the meat comes from a high quality butcher in Fulham.
“We source all of our products as ethically and locally as possible, and everything is fresh,” he said.
“We use some of the rare ingredients grown in the garden and really want to bring ‘plants to the plate’.
“It is wonderful to enjoy this within the walls of the oldest botanic garden in the capital,” he added.
Jared works for Rocket & Radish which operates several other cafés within nurseries.
“The USP is our location – on the banks of the Thames, in the heart of this beautiful city, yet in a tranquil green space.
“We believe that simple, fresh food done well is hard to come by these days, and we pride ourselves on the quality of our ingredients and our menus,” he added.
Brunch is becoming the “main event”, with families and friends eager to eat out together at the weekend.
“A personal favourite would have to be our Vegetarian – smashed avocado, mushrooms, tomato, grilled halloumi and poached eggs on toasted sourdough!
“Simple and classic, but so good,” he said.
The Physic Garden Café, Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road