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The Apple Tree Restaurant's winning team

We did it again! For the second year running, The Apple Tree Restaurant at Brimsmore Gardens in Yeovil has been awarded Gold in the Taste of the West Hospitality and Retail Awards 2015. We were up against 300 other establishments judged in the restaurant category, and we were commended for our continued commitment to local-sourcing, provenance, our understanding of allergens and attentive and unflustered staff.

The quality of service and meal, as well as atmosphere, were assessed and judges found it difficult to fault on any account with comments including; “relaxing, informal, attractive and welcoming with food that is locally sourced, seasonal, well presented and tastes very good.”

The restaurant team works really hard to offer a welcoming and relaxed environment, with good honest food on the menu so we’re absolutely thrilled that this has been recognised by the judges and it’s given the whole team a real boost.

Mike

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Our good at friends Plankbridge have been exhibiting at RHS Chelsea Flower Show this week. Richard and Jane created a garden kitchen inside one if their classic shepherd’s huts. We were lucky enough to be involved, providing blueberry shrubs and mint to set the scene for this garden kitchen, what’s more, Liz from The Walled Garden Restaurant made blueberry cakes, which were enjoyed by journalists, celebrities and presenters on Press Day.

Mike

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Adam Keen, operations manager at Damory and Mike Burks, managing director of The Gardens Group at the new bus stop on New Road.

Adam Keen, operations manager at Damory and Mike Burks, managing director of The Gardens Group at the new bus stop on New Road.

We’re delighted to report that Damory has recently installed a new bus stop right outside Castle Gardens in Sherborne. We’d love you to try this new service, we’re offering bus travellers a free tea or coffee in The Walled Garden Restaurant upon presentation of a valid bus ticket.

Running from Yeovil to Blandford, route X10 will be calling at places including Stalbridge, Marnhull and Sturminster, so there’s never been a greener way for the wider community to visit us. Not forgetting of course that we offer a free delivery service within 25 miles of the centre, so there’s no need to worry about sharing your seat with your new shrub on the bus ride home.

Mike

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Lucy Simpson, manager at Poundbury Gardens, presents HRH The Prince of Wales with an old fashioned yellow shrub rose, named Charlotte. Picture credit: Neil Crick ARPS

Lucy Simpson, manager at Poundbury Gardens, presents HRH The Prince of Wales with an old fashioned yellow shrub rose, named Charlotte.
Picture credit: Neil Crick ARPS

Friday 8 May was a big day for the people of Poundbury, as HRH The Prince of Wales once again returned to witness the development of the community built to his own architectural principles.

On a day during which Prince Charles officially opened the Poundbury Cancer Institute and personally presented the keys to a family who have bought the 250th home in Poundbury, we were delighted that he found time to visit our garden centre, which he officially opened in 2006.

To mark the occasion, Poundbury Gardens’ own Lucy Simpson presented The Prince with a David Austin old fashioned yellow shrub rose, named Charlotte, which we hope had special significance for His Royal Highness just a few days after the birth of his first granddaughter.

Mike

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The Gardens Group The Engine Room

To mark Coeliac Awareness Week, The Engine Room at Poundbury Gardens will be hosting a special evening with the Dorchester branch of Coeliac UK. As well as delicious gluten free refreshments on sale throughout the evening, there will be a panel of health experts on hand to answer any questions you may have about this autoimmune disease. What’s more, you’ll have the opportunity to share tips, recipes and discover delicious gluten free products. Doors will open at 7pm and there will be a £1 admission fee.

For more information please contact Jess Mitchell at jess@thegardensgroup.co.uk

Mike

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