9th July 2012
On Thursday 16th August, we are teaming up with The Scarlet Hotel to host a wonderful event essential for tea lovers. Gain an insight into the fascinating and complex world of tea, complete with a tea plantation tour, tastings, and a tea-inspired menu.
Commencing this Foodie Event at 2pm, Jonathon Jones will lead the two-hour expedition of Tregothnan’s private botanic garden which has been home to the Boscawen family since 1335. Follow the tea trail to learn about the incredible 36 hour journey from bush to cup.
Roam the vast gardens towards the magical Himalayan Valley where you will discover the unique Cornish microclimate that helps the tea bushes (Camellia sinensis) to thrive at Tregothnan today. Walk to the hidden kitchen garden door, dating back to Plantagenet times, where you will find the tea from which we made our first tentative experiments back in 2000.
Hear the fascinating history of the garden, its impressive plant collections and exciting plans for the future. View the world’s only surviving travelling greenhouse, an original Wardian Case, testament to the Boscawen’s long botanical traditions. Visitors are always spellbound by the scale and diversity of Tregothnan, as well as the passion of one family for this incredible living collection.
After exploring Cornwall’s largest historic garden, you will certainly have worked up a healthy appetite! Resuming at The Scarlet Hotel at 6.30pm, the tea tasting session will commence in the relaxing ‘Retreat’ room. Sample the sometimes surprising flavours of tea and understand why all teas are different. Enjoy canapés before the evening highlight – a four course tea-inspired gourmet dinner created by The Scarlet’s new head chef Tom Hunter.
Tickets are £105 per person and can be booked here. For more details, please call 01637 861800.