Cotswold Lavender Farm, Broadway, Worcestershire
In the heart of the beautiful Cotswold Hills overlooking Broadway and the Vale of Evesham, there’s a family farm where you’ll see over 70 miles of lavender growing and more than 250,000 plants.
- Walk through the lavender fields
- Take Afternoon Tea
- Shop for lavender products
- Seasonal opening times
Visit The Lavender Farm
Back in 2000, lavender was planted in the fields here where wheat and barley once grew. With free draining limestone soils 1,000 feet above sea level, the conditions were ideal for growing it. You’ll see over 35 different varieties which once harvested and steam-distilled, produce high quality English lavender essential oils.
Thank The Romans
It’s thought that the Romans first brought lavender to England where they grew it commercially to provide supplies for their soldiers. They used it in bathing, as well as for perfume, cooking and early medicines. As a member of the mint family, lavender is related to rosemary, sage and thyme. The Romans flavoured fish with it and medieval monks added the flower spikes to sweet puddings.
Enjoy A Floral Cream Tea
When you’ve had a walk around the farm, sit down to a floral cream tea with lavender scones and clotted cream or taste lavender shortbread. The lemon and lavender sponge cake is also very popular.
Cook with Lavender
You’ll find that English lavender (L.angustifolia) has a sweeter fragrance than French (Stoechas) lavender which can be bitter. Use it to soften the tartness of acidic fruits especially when making jam. In the Farm shop, pick up lavender essence, lavender grains or lavender-flavoured sugar which are ideal for baking.
- The best time to see the lavender is in early July. It’s harvested at its peak so do check ahead to see whether it’s still in flower
- Check the website to see when the farm, tearooms and gift shop open each year (it’s usually from mid June)
- Visit The Cotswold Gin Distillery where they add Cotswold lavender along with a range of botanicals, to give their Cotswold Dry gin its unique flavour
Use lavender sparingly, too much of it and you can easily overpower a dish. Fresh lavender spikes can be used like rosemary with lamb, and are particularly good alongside fennel, sage and oregano.
WHERE TO STAY IN THE COTSWOLDS
The Fish Hotel
Broadway, The Cotswolds
Situated in 400 acres of private estate, The Fish offers a central location for exploring the Cotswolds.
Rooms from £76 a night.
Apparently Harvey, the labrador, is head of meet and greet. It’s probably best to check before taking me with you.