Our new partnership supplying Kitchen Garden produce to local restaurant Sam’s Riverside

We’re pleased to announce a new partnership with Sam’s Riverside, supplying produce harvested from our Grade-I listed 17th century Kitchen Garden. The Chiswick-grown fruit, vegetables and herbs will supply Sam’s West London restaurants including Sam’s Kitchen in Hammersmith and Sam’s Larder sites in Brentford and Chiswick.

Image: Sam Harrison outside Sam’s Riverside

Building on its 350-year history, the Kitchen Garden at Chiswick House & Gardens is a thriving, productive space within the 65-acre Chiswick Gardens. Our small team of gardeners, supported by 40 volunteers, grow a broad range of produce for sale and for donation to local food charities. The walled haven is also a space for visitors and local community groups to find peace and gardening inspiration, experience seasonal produce growing and see gardeners at work.

Sam Harrison, founder of Sam’s Riverside, said

We’re delighted to be sourcing such a diverse range of delicious locally-grown produce for all of our sites, from our neighbours at Chiswick House & Gardens. Our modern British restaurants fully support the ‘farm to fork’ approach and Rosie and the team are growing and harvesting some innovative crops that will inspire our chefs to create exciting new dishes for our menus.

Sam’s restaurants have already received quantities of Agretti (originally from the Mediterranean), Amaranths (Mexico and Central America), Cucamelons (Mexico), Buck’s Horn Plantain (coastal Europe), ancient/historic vegetables and herbs like red orach, summer savoury and edible flowers from rose petals to cornflowers.

Image: Crushed English Peas, Summer Herbs on Toast at Sam’s Kitchen

Rosie Fyles, Head of Gardens at Chiswick House & Gardens Trust said

Our vision for the Kitchen Garden is to continue to evoke history and be inspired by it whilst also adapting to climate changes and our communities’ needs. We’re experimenting with growing a diverse range of crops that are good to eat, interesting to grow and feed our wildlife too. Working with Sam’s now gives us a perfect way of growing an interesting array of locally-grown produce that the chefs will enjoy using and that they may not be able to easily source elsewhere.

Image: Head of Gardens, Rosie Fyles in the Kitchen Garden by Gregor Petrikovič

As well as supplying Sam’s Riverside and direct sales to Kitchen Garden visitors, at least half of the produce harvested is donated to local food charities such as the Felix Project and Surplus to Supper.

Rosie Fyles, Head of Gardens at Chiswick House & Gardens Trust added:

We want as many people as possible to benefit from what we grow – we donate at least as much as we sell – and Sam’s paying us a fair, market price enables us to do just that.

Kitchen Garden and produce 
Our Kitchen Garden is open Thursday-Sunday, 11am–4pm until 29 October. Free entry for our Members. Book tickets.

Kitchen Garden produce is available to purchase from the Conservatory Shop from 11am on Thursdays and Saturdays and from the Chiswick House & Gardens Café, from 11am on Tuesdays and Fridays, while stocks last. 10% discount for our Members.

Sam’s Riverside 

Sam’s Riverside is open Monday-Saturday Noon–9.45pm and Sunday Noon–4pm. Sam’s Kitchen is open daily 8am–3pm. Sam’s Larders are open daily from 8am.