We visited Stockton Bury whilst en route to Ludlow and found it a real oasis. Not only were the gardens beautiful (and still very much in bloom in spite of this year's hot dry Summer) but the shady tables near the orchard were the perfect spot for a late lunch. Many garden cafes don't offer much choice but Stockton Bury's menu was quite extensive and the locally-sourced, homemade food was delicious.
Once fortified we ventured out into the gardens and spent a good hour exploring the many different areas. The Dingle was especially beautiful as was the new Pillar Garden, but the entire garden is lovely and offers plenty of inspiration. The gardens make the most of their setting on an ancient farm, which is still used for traditional mixed farming. In fact, you can buy the lamb produced on site as well as many of the plants found in the garden.
Stockton Bury is now the official garden of The English Garden magazine so it is used for photo shoots as well as trials (they were testing fertilisers when we visited). So if you are a garden lover Stockton Bury is a must-see. Even if you aren't, their Tithe Barn Restaurant is well worth a stop for lunch or tea in a lovely location.
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