Posts Tagged ‘The Apple Tree Restaurant’


Cookbook author, writer and lover of all things West Country, Christine McFadden will host a talk at Brimsmore Gardens on Thursday 20 July from 10am – 12pm to raise money for Yeovil Community Arts Association. You can expect an inspiring morning from Christine, who has written over fifteen cookbooks and has 25 years’ experience in the industry as she reveals her latest food enthusiams, must-try recipes and passion for Dorset.

Following Christine’s talk, Farm Shop manager, Kate Soan will treat visitors to a Cheese Discovery, where guests will be treated to a tasting session of the area’s award-winning cheeses, which are available in The Apple Tree Farm Shop and Restaurant.

Tickets are £5 and include the talk with Christine McFadden and Cheese Discovery, as well as a special lunch offer in The Apple Tree Restaurant. Advanced booking is essential and tickets can be purchased from The Apple Tree Restaurant and Brimsmore Gardens.

We hope to see you there!



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There’s nothing quite like a cup of tea and homemade cake to banish those winter blues, so this February all three of our restaurants will be offering a free cup of loose leaf tea with any slice of carrot cake, Victoria or chocolate sponge. Once you have purchased all three, then you will be able to enjoy another free slice of cake and hot drink on us.

Pick up a loyalty card at The Apple Tree, The Engine Room or The Walled Garden and remember to ask the team to check it off each time you visit!


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If you’re after a little sweet treat following your meal, but couldn’t possibly squeeze in a whole dessert, you can now choose from our new ‘little something’ dessert menu.

With gluten free brownies, sticky toffee pudding and apple cake to choose from, each of our three restaurants have a selection of scaled-down sweet treats, bringing you a little taste of your favourite pudding.

Options may vary at each restaurant, so please see in store for our ‘little something’ dessert menu.


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While many of us have been overindulging over Christmas and New Year, our chefs have been busy designing the perfect low calorie menu for you to enjoy this January. From no-fry breakfasts and mushrooms on rye toast to veggie curry and baked potato with chilli, each of our three restaurants has a unique menu packed with healthy, hearty and delicious options, all championing the finest local producers, growers and butchers.

The exclusive menus are available at The Apple Tree, The Engine Room and The Walled Garden, each restaurant will have a different offering but all will have a clear calorie breakdown.


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Following the success of our Brimsmore Cake Off earlier this year, we have teamed up with the Yeovil Community Arts Association once again for a Making and Baking competition, which will be judged by celebrity chef, Lesley Waters, in March 2017.

This time around, we will be judging everything from bread to preserves and conserves, so if you’ve made some chutney for Christmas or are already preparing for marmalade making in the New Year, save a jar or two a for some feedback from Lesley.

Everyone is welcome to enter this competition, no matter how experienced you are, and the judging will take place on Tuesday 14 March in The Apple Tree Restaurant at 3pm.

For more information and entry information, please click here.


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October is shaping up to be an exciting month, with all three garden centres revealing their 2017 Christmas displays, Bugfest taking over Brimsmore Gardens during half term and a much anticipated Royal visit to Poundbury at the end of the month. As if this isn’t enough excitement for one month, garden designer, writer and presenter of BBC Gardeners’ World, Joe Swift, will be appearing at Brimsmore Gardens on Saturday 22 October as part of the annual Yeovil Literary Festival.

Joe will be sharing his vast knowledge and experience with a room full of garden-enthusiasts, having recently completed an award-winning pocket park with Dame Zandra Rhodes in Bermondsey. Fresh from his work on a Horatios Garden in aid of The Spinal Unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Joe will be touching upon many of the highlights of his eventful career.

Tickets cost £12 per person, or £10 for YCCA members, Footlights, Waterstone’s card holders, Library card holders and The Gardens Group Gold Club members, and are available from the Octagon Theatre.

Guests are also welcome to arrive from 6pm to enjoy some light refreshments at The Apple Tree Restaurant, before the talk gets underway at 7pm.


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Bug Hotel

From big tops and fancy dress to creepy crawlies and making miniature gardens, we’ve got plenty of free activities to keep the whole family entertained during the summer holidays. Whether it’s getting better acquainted with mini beasts, learning circus skills or creating a garden inside a container, everyone is welcome to join in with the fun!


FREE summer events at The Gardens Group

Children’s ‘Circus of the Sun’ Summer Fancy Dress Party – Friday 12 August, 2pm-4pm at all three garden centres.

Summer BBQ – Saturday 13 August, 11am – 5pm at The Apple Tree Restaurant at Brimsmore Gardens.

Miniature Garden Workshop – Saturday 20 August, 11am-12pm & 2pm-3pm at Castle Gardens.

Bugfest – Saturday 20 August, 2pm-5pm at Brimsmore Gardens.



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