21. Stable Block, Restaurant, Shop and Gallery
Within the square Stable Block, you can find our Seasons Restaurant where homemade & fairtrade food is served using locally-sourced produce wherever possible.
The Stable Block also houses our Gift Shop and Courtyard Art Gallery which shows an eclectic programme of exhibitions reflecting the themes of the Garden have a look at our Art webpage to see what’s showing today.
Two hundred years ago, this stable block contained twenty-two carriage and riding horses, two large coach houses, a harness room, lofts and rooms for coachmen and stable boys. Each pen had a wooden plaque stating the horse’s name, height, birth date and parentage. When these horses died they were given honourable burials. Doves were also kept here, in the spaces within the brickwork, but now it is home to nesting house martins.