Every Tuesday and Thursday between 12 noon and 2:30pm into the New Year, the Heligan Tearooms will be serving delicious warming Seasonal Roasts, with a variety of meats as well as a vegetarian alternative.
Traditional Seasonal Roasts are back on the menu at The Lost Gardens of Heligan from Thursday 9th October 2008. Every Tuesday and Thursday between 12 noon and 2:30pm into the New Year, the Heligan Tearooms will be serving delicious warming Seasonal Roasts, with a variety of meats as well as a vegetarian alternative. Visitors to the vine-clad tearooms, warmed by a welcoming wood burner on crisp days, can come and enjoy Heligan reared lamb or Penare Farm Dexter beef reared only 10 miles from the kitchens, served with all the trimmings. With free parking and entry to the Heligan Tearooms the homely aromas and welcoming atmosphere will help keep those autumnal chills at bay.
After a hearty meal in the Heligan Tearoom visitors to the garden can take a walk into the Wider Estate where a combined approach between woodland management and the pioneering Wildlife Project ensures natural flora and fauna are preserved and promoted for future generations. It is in part due to these practices that Kingfishers can be spotted darting over the lakes in Lost Valley and standing sentinel over the still waters as they hunt. Kingfishers have been over-wintering in the Lost Valley for successive years and luckily for the Heligan visitors they grace us with their presence once again. The ample supply of sticklebacks, unpolluted watercourses and mild winters at Heligan make this home a perfect spot for Kingfishers.
Throughout October in the woodlands below Valentines Field there is also a new sight to be seen in the form of Heligan's Dexter heard. Research into the estates original boundaries has allowed Wider Estate manager, Jim Briggs, to ascertain that Valentines Field would have previously incorporated woodland surrounding a lower section of the Georgian Ride.
"The landscape and its management has changed dramatically since the 18th century meaning areas which were once open parkland now appear to us as woodland because a lack of grazing animals has allowed self set trees to mature." Jim Briggs - Heligan's Wider Estate Manager
Low impact grazing in this area each October by Heligan's Dexter cattle, which are the smallest breed in Britain, will gently restore its parkland conditions whilst creating a new habitat at Heligan called Woodland Pasture. This new habitat, not often seen in Cornwall or around the country, will encourage species unique to this environment and benefit the flora and fauna already abundant throughout the Heligan Estate.
"This has required a lot of careful research and it makes me proud to manage the area with historical reference whilst considering the implications to the present habitat." Jim Briggs - Heligan's Wider Estate Manager
Seasonal Roasts can be enjoyed for £8.95 or £7.95 for the vegetarian option. For further information about the gardens Visit: www.heligan.com or Tel: 01726 845100