Aaron’s passion for using exciting ingredients, cooked simply with striking presentation has led him to grow as much of his own produce as possible on site for the ultimate in freshness, taste and quality.
The 1-acre kitchen garden at Hambleton Hall is bordered on the south side by a 2-metre high sandstone wall where the peaches, figs and apples thrive. This provides shelter from the wind, protection from pests and it radiates retained heat during the long summer days.
Given the English climate, Aaron and his team of gardeners concentrate their efforts on delicate products which taste infinitely better when consumed immediately. These include courgettes, tomatoes, beans, peaches, strawberries, currants, gooseberries, leeks, cauliflowers, radish, beetroots, carrots, sweetcorn, cucumbers, lettuce and a wide variety of herbs. Asparagus, kale, wild garlic, watercress, rhubarb, elderflower and peas grow too.
In 2019 Aaron redesigned the 1-acre garden to incorporate a new greenhouse, raised beds, fruit trees and a compost. During the redesign process and as part of his every day coaching and training of his brigade, Aaron teaches the younger chefs how to get the most out of the garden.