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5 Reasons To Grow Your Own

This autumn we’re on the hunt for your fruit and veg and couldn’t think of a better time inspire more to grow their own…

Here at The Bell Inn, we champion our local suppliers and growers. We are also firm believers in the proverbial saying ‘Waste not, Want not’, so what better way is there to ensure full tummies and delicious dishes than by growing your own produce?

As we are in the throes of autumn, it’s well worth making a note of the bounty you can grow from September to November. Be warned, it’s a big list: apples, blackberries, elderberries, butternut squash, brussels sprouts, carrot, savoy and spring green cabbage, cauliflower, celery, kale, leek, onion, parsnip, potato, pumpkin, spinach, turnip, plums, beetroot, fennel, field mushrooms, potatoes and more!

Your garden or allotment is the perfect place to nurture your favourite fruit or veggies. Our Head Chef Mark follows a ‘nose to tail’ food ethos ensuring as little as possible goes to waste in our kitchen. He believes that any surplus deserves to be enjoyed, and at the end of this blog you can find out how to see your food served and prepared in our kitchen. Here are five reasons why you should grow your own grub.


Growing your own produce helps minimize pesticide exposure, not only for what you consume but for the environment too. Think of how satisfying it is to grow your own organic food! The perfect boast for when you host dinner parties, too.


Due to all the stretching, repetitive movements and lifting, it is said that gardening can burn approximately 200 calories an hour! (Makes you feel a little less guilty about indulging in your favourite treats!)


A diet rich in vegetables can help reduce the risk of developing serious illnesses. Eating vegetables can also assist with weight loss.


It’s social and a safeguard during the apocalypse. Sure, you’ll be able to chat with friends and share your food with your neighbours – it’s good to be self-sufficient!


Not only can you save on your shopping bill, but you can also save when you dine with us. Intrigued? All you have to do is donate a kilo or more of fruit of veg and in return you’ll receive a 15% discount voucher to use on lunch or dinner throughout November.

View full details here.

We think this is one of the most unique New Forest hotel offers around. To find out more, visit We Want Your Veg! or call us on 02380 812214.