Mapperton House and Gardens is delighted to announce a new partnership with an award-winning West Dorset restaurant.
Cass Titcombe and Louise Chidgey of Brassica restaurant in nearby Beaminster will take over the management of Mapperton’s café, The Sawmill, from the beginning of April.
Brassica is the only restaurant in Dorset to appear in The Sunday Times list of the UK’s Top 100 Restaurants in 2017.
Viscount Hinchingbrooke, who runs Mapperton, the family home of the Earl and Countess of Sandwich, said: “Over just a few short years Cass and Louise have developed an outstanding reputation at Brassica for delicious food, and this has now been recognised by The Sunday Times in their Top 100 listing.
“We are really pleased that they are now partnering with us at Mapperton, and customers at The Sawmill can look forward to scrumptious lunches and teas.”
Brassica Chef-Director Cass Titcombe said: “We are delighted to be taking over the The Sawmill at Mapperton at a very exciting time.
“We are looking forward to offering visitors homemade cakes, cream teas, a range of light lunch dishes and of course, some memorable sandwiches, all with some of Brassica’s signature touches!”
Brassica Director Louise Chidgey added: “We have given The Sawmill a small revamp, and put in some new lighting, while retaining its friendly feel.
“We will also be exhibiting artwork from the Room at the End gallery at Little Toller Books at Toller Fratrum, near Dorchester, which we hope our customers will enjoy looking at while they eat.”
The Sawmill will open on Sunday 2 April until the end of October, every day except Saturdays, from 11am to 5pm.
Mapperton Gardens open on 1 March and the house opens for guided tours from 2 April.
Snowdrops – they’re only tiny, but here at Mapperton we love them because they are one of the first signs of spring!
We want to share them on our two popular Snowdrop Sundays on 5 and 12 February 2017.
The humble Galanthus nivalis (that’s ancient Greek and Latin for milk-white flower of snow) is among the first of the flowers to show their face.
Come to the Gardens and see the carpet of white spreading under the beech trees and alongside the paths in the spring garden.
The daffodils should be on their way too and velvety buds are appearing on the trees.
Snowdrop Sundays – two chances to visit
The Gardens will be open from 11am to 4pm on each of the Snowdrop Sundays.
Admission is £4.50 for adults and under-16s can come in for free. Proceeds will support the National Gardens Scheme and Perennial, the gardeners’ charity.
Thanks to the volunteers from the National Gardens Scheme locally, tea, coffee and a wonderful array of cakes will be available in the cosy Sawmill Café.
Don’t miss the chance to see the back of winter and join us soon.
“All the snow will melt; the cold winds will be driven away; we shall rule; all will become green, and then you will have companions, syringas, laburnums, and roses; but you are the first, so graceful, so delicate!”
Extract from The Snowdrop, by Hans Christian Andersen.
Children will love following our Easter Trail around the Gardens on Easter Monday. 11am to 3pm. £3 per child. See you then! pic.twitter.com/UioyXTvVmL