The River Cafe

The River Cafe
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Fresh, seasonal produce has been a cornerstone of The River Cafe since it opened in 1987. Situated beside the Thames, its garden is a natural extension of this approach to food.

A variety of Italian salad leaves, vegetables and herbs are grown, which make their way onto the daily changing menus. In fine weather, the restaurant extends throughout the garden among the long planters and fruit trees.

For gardener Simon Hewitt, there are many challenges - from growing everything in containers to the exposed riverside conditions. These are balanced with all the rewards - a freshly picked and podded broad bean, or some intensely flavoured quince paste served with a cheese plate.

Gardener: Simon Hewitt

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