By Benjamin Daniells In the Black Swan garden there are three different types of plants. Some are workhorses, producing mountains of food whilst being taken entirely for granted. Others are a little more special, they produce unique flavours that we couldn’t find anywhere else. Finally, there a few with more charisma than all the others … Continue reading When life gives you (Oldstead) Lemons…
By Benjamin Daniells It’s fair to say, that in the garden certain plants and their produce are more charismatic than others. Each season has it’s favourite. Autumn though is a time apart. There is an almost unparalleled bounty of produce in what is seemingly the last great push before the onslaught of winter. Squash and … Continue reading Apples.
By Benjamin Daniells Sometimes you can’t compete with the wilder eats. If you were asked to eat something called Hogweed, without really knowing much about it, i’m sure most of us would raise a quizzical eyebrow. Even at The Black Swan, where the unknown and experimental is welcomed, this plant fails to induce intrigue. Hogs … Continue reading Hogweed…the best wild vegetable in the UK
Seb is definitely our go to gin genius! So, when he saw the Three Rivers Gin competition to win the chance to blend your own gin, it didn’t take long for him to send across his ideas. Below is his blog on his experience and how he felt about winning! Oh yeh, did we mention HE WON!!! Blog By … Continue reading The Summer Greenhouse- A cocktail by Seb and Three Rivers Gin
As we move into the colder months, it seemed appropriate to start thinking about replacing some of our cooling, refreshing summer drinks and start introducing a few more wintery comforting ingredients. Well, and a thoroughly bizarre take on a Margarita… Just because we could. With that in mind, we set to foraging, harvesting and rediscovering … Continue reading Part 1- Is this truly a Martini? By Bea Batchelor
The cold snowy weather means that it has been a quiet week in the garden. Ken has planted Red Russian Kale, Bronze Fennel and next week we will plant our heirloom tomatoes. I can’t wait until summer when we have a tunnel full of those multicolored bad boys!! We have to grow them from seed … Continue reading “Sipping on Gin and Juice”