In 1976 John and Stephanie Benson purchased a piece of land in Grayshott to start growing a range of soft fruit and vegetables. Selling via a barrow at the entrance and a van to Covent Garden Market, John steadily built up a pick your own business which thrived throughout the 1980s.
Today Applegarth employs about 32 people and has a thriving Restaurant and Farm Shop selling a whole raft of locally sourced, unique products. We are still true to our roots however, trying to break the mould of faceless high street shopping by providing a personal and unique location.
Still family run, Applegarth has bold plans to expand upon its existing facilities with www.applegarthspotential.biz This is a granted planning permission which will start at the beginning of 2019 - for more information on this contact Will through the website. Thanks.
Who we are now
Children's Discovery Corner
Applegarth has a children’s pets corner and small play area with seating to eat out in this area. It currently houses a family of renegade guinea pigs and chickens. There is a slide and a grassed area to sit and chill with the little ones.In the field opposite and easily accessible are ponies and Ethiopian pygmy goats.
The restaurant itself can accommodate 60 people in the winter and 120 in the summer with the outside terraced area. Our head chef produces a range of exceptional foods for both the restaurant and deli counter. We also offer an afternoon tea to die for or big, proper sponge cakes and other pastries, all made in the kitchens. Our Sunday Roasts are exceptional as are our evenings. A strange concept to the uninitiated but our night time offering is better than anything you can find in the area. Rest assured, you will not be disappointed with your visit.
The power house of the Farm Shop is the deli counter and kitchen behind. We have a full time, classically trained cook producing a range of ready meals, puddings, pies and tarts. Coupled with the charcuterie and delicatessen area this four metre counter serves up some seriously good foods. The rest of the shop is shelved with a considerable selection of produce. Fruit and veg, sourced the old way from Covent Garden market is a strong part of the shop as are the homemade breads, baked fresh every morning. Oh, and the considerable number of small, artisan producers that deliver their delicious goods to our doors adorn the rest of the shop.
We have 3 Nordic cabins in the garden centre area at the front of the shop. We have beautiful pieces of original art produced by Alison Orchard (http://www.alisonorchard.com/paintings)