The Savill Garden, Windsor Great Park, Surrey
Established in the 1930s, the Savill Garden is in the heart of Windsor’s Great Park. With its 35 acre woodland and ornamental garden and stunning Visitors Centre, it has much to offer Foodie Travellers both inside and out.
Come to enjoy Afternoon Tea served using vintage china or to eat lunch on the wonderful terrace and admire the view of the garden. Go for a post prandial stroll to appreciate its diverse planting or for more serious walkers, a ramble in Windsor Great Park.The Foodie Travel Guide
- Tour the garden and glasshouse
- Take Afternoon Tea
- Walk or picnic in Windsor Great Park
- Shop for gifts
Admire The Savill Building
Visitors to the garden in the 1930s would be amazed by the sight that greets people today. Completed in 2006, the Savill Building is a beautiful undulating structure shaped like a leaf which merges seamlessly with the tall trees surrounding it. Housing the Visitors Centre, it was inspired by the strength and beauty of a seashell. With its oak floor and a roof made from both larch and oak, it was constructed using sustainable timber from the Crown Estate.
Smell the Roses in the Garden
The garden is wonderful at all times of year. Come in the winter to see the swathes of colourful dogwood, the first signs of snowdrops, blooming camilla flowers and to warm up with the tropical plants in the Queen Elizabeth Temperate House. On a balmy summer’s day, enjoy the modern rose garden where you can walk along a raised walkway, much like the bow of a ship, and literally smell the roses chosen for their scent, strong colours and repeat flowering.
Eat Lunch on The Terrace
You can enjoy a light lunch including hot dishes and Sunday lunch at the Leith’s-run restaurant. At weekends it’s alive with the chatter of families. The smaller Gallery café with its wall display of artwork, offers a quieter spot for light refreshments. It’s here that you can enjoy ‘Afternoon Tea For Two’ served on vintage china plates. The best place to eat though is undoubtedly the sweeping terrace with its commanding views of the garden.
Buy Windsor Great Park Produce
There is a large and well-curated gift and plant shop that stocks its very own range of Windsor Great Park Produce. Choose from jams, chutneys and jellies including the delicious Victorian Kitchen Garden Chutney, a dark rich mixture of vegetables, fruits and spices that works wonderfully with cheddar cheese, pork pies and cold ham. It would make a perfect addition for a picnic lunch in Windsor Great Park.
- Combine a visit with a walk in Windsor Great Park. Look left at the front of the Savill Building and you’ll see the Cumberland Obelisk which marks the entrance to the park
- You’ll find picnic tables next to the Obelisk with a view across the Obelisk pond
- Pick up fresh bread, cheese and food for a picnic at the Windsor Farm Shop, a short drive away
- Enjoy a carriage ride through the park starting at the Savill Building (select days only)
SHOP THIS STORY
WHERE TO STAY NEAR WINDSOR
The Winning Post
An 18th-century pub with wonderful original features, a creative restaurant and leafy gardens.
Rooms from £84 a night.
Hotel du Vin
This historic former brewery boasts light and elegant rooms with original features and its own bistro.
Rooms from £119 a night.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome in the shop and on the terrace but not in the restaurant or garden. It’s best to take me for a long walk in Windsor Great Park and come here for tea afterwards. Don’t forget to look at the pet section in the Gift Shop. It stocks delicious snacks from the Pet Bakery.