The Garden Cafe at Miserden, luckily for me, is situated slap bang in the middle of the journey from my house to my parent’s. One Friday afternoon my Mum and I decided to pay them a visit, after I’d seen some news from The Camp Kitchen and Soushi in Cirencester about The Garden Cafe on Instagram. It’s one of those places you wish you’d discovered sooner and I selfishly want to keep as my little, secret place! It’s so helpful that they’re dog friendly too, as CFB dog @spencerborderterrier was in tow.
One thing to note is there’s plenty of parking at the cafe and the chance to walk off your cake through the picture postcard rolling hills and village that surround you. It’s so green and quiet and great spot for a mindfulness walk!
We arrived at The Garden Cafe after an impressive drive through the Miserden Estate, where they have installed their own style of street signs. It’s very pretty! The cafe makes excellent use of one of the gorgeous, traditional glasshouses onsite at the Nursery. To me, it conjured thoughts of the Victorian era and the romance of the glasshouses at Kew Gardens.
Even on an overcast Friday in January the venue looked inviting, but just wait until spring! Inside the cafe is a ‘living’ wall with trailing plants growing from floor to ceiling. During a break in the cloud, the sparkling sunbeams that glistened through the glass roof were bliss.
The Garden Café isn’t just open during daylight hours, as once a month they hold pop-up restaurant evenings, inviting a chef to put on a banquet of loveliness for paying guests. It’s a straightforward price of £35 for a set menu and you BYOB! These evenings are very popular and the quality of the food and service you get is top notch, yet the atmosphere is relaxed and informal and you’re in such a pretty setting! Take a peek at the upcoming events here. We really want to try one of these evenings in the near future!
There are two sections to the glasshouse, and I imagined a craft group at the back hiring that out, or a gardening club, or even a venue for a small wedding reception. there’s so much potential here!
If you’re concerned about visiting this time of year due to the temperature, brush those worries aside right now because they’ve installed two powerful heaters at either end of the cafe. In a side note, I have to complement them on the powerful heating in the bathroom! I could have curled up like a kitten in front of the fire in there! You do have to walk outside to get to them, but they are literally two seconds from the door.
For those who like to window shop, you can shop from the inside as the window sills are artfully stocked full of garden themed curios, art and interior gifts which you can buy, all rustically assembled in-between potted plants. It’s a little treasure trove! We bought a medium sized cacti in a pretty pot for about £9.
The winter menu is a little more limited, but we were delighted to discover that the cakes were from The Lavender Bakehouse (near Stroud), another favourite of ours. But The Lavender is so popular it can be hard to get in at the weekend (booking is advised), so to enjoy their cakes in another venue solves that problem for us! We of course sat down for coffee and cake I think we paid only £2.5o per slice, happy days! Three tiers of afternoon tea treats would have gone down a storm, and I can only hope they introduce something like that when the full menu is back. As I said, there’s a limited menu during the winter but they made sure they offered a gluten free cake, a healthy winter veg soup and especially good quality coffee!
The Garden Café is my favourite Cotswold discovery in a good long while!