Restaurant Review: Potager Garden and Glasshouse Cafe

During a recent trip to Cornwall for the weekend I had such a long list of places I wanted to visit and food I wanted to eat, I knew I wouldn’t be able to squeeze them all into 2 days. One place I did manage to get to was a personal favourite- Potager.
This gem of a find in my first year has increased steadily in popularity since I first started going, but it still holds just as much magical charm as the first time I went there. Picture a beautiful garden filled with bursts of colour around every curving corner and a hand built greenhouse come kitchen selling the most delicious home grown and natural produce on quaint mismatched wooden tables, the windows supporting a twisting vine.
Taken from Potager’s website:

Emerging from the bramble choked wilderness of an abandoned plant nursery Potager is now a relaxing and beautiful haven to rest a while. With mature trees which were once nursery stock and lush herbaceous planting interspersed with fruit and vegetables Potager aims to demonstrate the beauty of productive organic gardening.

In Alistair Sawday’s guide to ‘Slow England’ Potager was selected for its uniquely calm atmosphere. There are games to play, hammocks to laze in, boule and badminton to enjoy. Table tennis nestles amongst an indoor garden within a 100 foot glasshouse where visitors can sit, paint or even snooze!

A refurbished wooden greenhouse provides more shelter and sustenance. With books, newspapers and more table games, the café offers homemade breakfasts, cakes, lunches, teas and ice cream.


Potager has always been one of my favourite Cornish hideaways, tucked down a lane near Constantine (about 20 mins from Falmouth). In naff weather, there are two big glasshouses, one with a Mediterranean theme, an amazing driftwood sculpture and table tennis tables (who’d have thought it huh?!). In the other glasshouse you can order one of their delicious vegetarian breakfasts with green bean frittata, Rosemary roasted potatoes, garlic mushrooms, homemade baked beans and a perfectly poached egg on freshly baked sourdough. Their coffee is served in cafetières and is some of the most flavoursome and full bodied I’ve ever had. This time I had some fruity blackberry and acai tea as I’d already had a coffee that morning and I was feeling pretty hungover from the night before (which involved the Falmouth sea shanty festival, lots of prosecco and a 3am dip in the sea in my underwear!).
Still, the day was warm and breezy which meant an energetic game of badminton next to the veg patch on the lawn, followed by many failed attempts at slack lining under the trees. The gardens also have a pizza oven for Italian nights, a variety of other lawn games and some amazing artists studios.
I had a glorious morning exploring with Nat, Rich and Anna and soon my weary head felt refreshed and content. If you ever get the chance to visit Potager, I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone. Their homemade cakes are incredible and their ice cream is out of this world! Such a range of flavours too- think balsamic strawberry, blackberry and nettle and cardamom caramel…!
Potager is open 10am-5pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and they serve a delicious array of veggie breakfasts, wholesome lunches, homemade cakes and icecream. They don’t take bookings, but as it’s still a well kept secret, there are usually tables free. If you’re over in this part of the world, you really must visit!
For directions, volunteering opportunities and loads of updates from the garden, visit their website here.