Uncover a Story of Love and Neglect
Built for the first Lord Berwick in 1785, Attingham Hall and its beautiful parkland were owned by the same family for over 160 years. As individual fortunes rose and fell, the Berwicks proved themselves to be ‘spenders, savers and saviours.’ Each successive Lord added his own chapter to this story of love and neglect, the legacy of which can still be seen in the rooms of the great Hall. Attingham’s saviours, the eighth Lord and Lady, began the work that lives on today in the “Attingham Re-Discovered Project.”
Discover the Tranquil Walled Garden
Attingham’s walled garden with its glass houses, orchards and gardeners’ bothy really does transport you back to the early half of the 20th Century, to a time when a team of gardeners would have toiled the day long to provide food for the inhabitants of the great house. In the summer months, you can marvel at the cucumbers and melons in the glasshouses, soak up the sights and scents of the pollinating flowers, listen to the bees going about their honey-making business in their open observation hive, or simply wander past the hollyhocks and the vintage rhubarb forcer pots.
Do the Fungi Walk
Autumn heralds the best harvest of all. You’ll find pears, damsons, root vegetables and 37 varieties of apple ready to be picked, pressed and juiced. Foodie walkers might like to try out the spectacular fungi walk in the parkland. During the winter shooting season, you can also buy meat from the estate’s fallow deer. It’s perfect for turning into a warming venison stew (we love the recipe in Sarah Raven’s cookbook Food for Friends and Family).
Take Tea With Lady Berwick or Savour a ‘Greedy Pig’ Sausage Picnic
If you feel peckish while visiting Attingham, there are plenty of temptations for foodies which all make use of the Hall’s home grown ingredients. In the 1920s and 1930s, Teresa, wife of Thomas, 8th Lord Berwick, loved to serve her guests tea. Today, you can take Afternoon Tea with an Italian twist in the plush surroundings of Lady Berwick’s tearoom. There’s also the Mansion tearoom which serves light lunches and the Carriage House for savoury snacks. If you’ve brought your own Mr Hendricks with you for a walk, head for the Greedy Pig for sausage and chips. So utterly delicious, he will have his beady eye on them as you eat.
- Shop for local produce and learn about the Battle of Shrewsbury at the Battlefield 1403 Farm Shop
- Visit Shrewsbury in mid-August for its annual flower show where you can also browse the stalls of local food producers
The recipe for Shrewsbury Cakes appears in many old English cookbooks. It’s a popular type of biscuit baked with dried fruits.