Moorland Garden Hotel offers a wild Al Fresco Dining Adventure

Moorland Garden Hotel in Dartmoor, Devon is offering bespoke picnics in its tranquil Wildflower Meadow this summer, with a hamper packed full of South West treats as part of its 80th anniversary celebrations.

Available from May to September, weather permitting, diners book their secluded spot and with the help of a map, set out to find their hamper, prepared by Head Chef, Bruce Cole. Goodies will include home-baked bread along with locally sourced cheese and chutney, Manuka smoked salmon pate, home-baked ham, goats cheese and sun blushed tomato quiche and Burts chips. The savoury treats will be complemented by homemade cake, scones, clotted cream and preserve, seasonal fresh berries and a bottle of Dartmoor water. A chilled bottle of wine or bubbly can be added on request.

The Moorland Garden Hotel is set in nine acres of landscaped gardens with views out across Dartmoor and the surrounding countryside. A labour of love for owners, Brian and Sonia Meaden and Head Gardener, Jonathan Tracey, the gardens have been a work in progress since the Meadens took on the hotel in 2011. As part of the restoration of order following a period of neglect, themed areas have been introduced with the Wildflower Meadow providing a welcome contrast to the formality of the main grounds. Paths and picnic areas have now been marked out, offering the perfect peaceful place for enjoying the great outdoors this summer.

Launching the picnics, Head Chef, Bruce Cole said: “Summertime picnics are a great British institution and where better to enjoy the best South West fare than in the midst of a wildflower meadow here in Dartmoor. I’ve chosen some of my favourite local suppliers to ensure the picnic hampers will go down a treat!”

The picnic hamper costs £45 for two. Rooms at the Moorland Garden Hotel – home of the Taste of the West Best Restaurant in the South West 2013 – cost from £99 per night on a bed and breakfast basis.