We are open for lunch everyday and open Friday and Saturday for our popular Sundowners event (please see SAMPLE menu) in September.
Good news! You can now enjoy the beautiful and tasty dishes from the edulis restaurant in your very own home, Freshly prepared on-site in our botanic kitchens using unique and unusual garden grown ingredients. Meals arrive frozen for you to enjoy whenever you like.
Pick up your favourite meal to take home on your next visit to the Garden or opt in for a home delivery to anywhere on the Isle of Wight.
edulis means edible in Latin and is often found in the epithet or second name of a plant species. For example Carpobrotus edulis, the Hottentot fig, grows on the bank under the café terrace at VBG and produces a slightly sweet fruit with a tinge of saltiness reflecting its seaside habitat. As society becomes increasingly disconnected from natural food sources, we see our “Eat the Garden” strategy as an antidote. The collaboration between our Head Chef and Curator at VBG is utterly unique. Because many of the world’s plants and the indigenous cultures that understand their uses are under threat, this rediscovery of ethnobotany – the use of plants by humans – is ‘on mission’ for a modern botanic garden.
Much of the food we buy in supermarkets today is made by large mass-producing companies that focus on margins and plant productivity ahead of flavour. These companies source foods thousands of miles away before shipping them around the world to Britain. All these “food miles” have environmental costs, cause our local food producers to lose out, and can mean that we consume foods with less flavour. At VBG we believe in “food metres” – produce cut fresh from the garden and served on your plate daily.