The Kitchen Garden at the Old Rectory dates back as long as the house has stood…

In the ‘old days’ the residing Rector would have had a cook, housemaid and groom and been relatively self sufficient. Today we still grow our own vegetables, fruit and herbs and try to offer a small selection to guests on arrival depending on the season. For bookings taking the services of a chef, we are happy to show them the garden and supply some of this fresh seasonal produce to fit in with a menu plan. We use the flowers from the garden in the house but ask guests to refrain from picking any vegetables or flowers without prior consultation. In Autumn fruit trees provide an abundance of Apples and grapes which we are haphazardly attempting to use in making cider and wine! Locally in Marks Tey there is an excellent butcher - Wilsher & Sons, and fresh fish can be found in a neighbouring town or on Mersea Island at the Company Shed or Oyster Bar, which is a 30 minute drive away (please follow link for tide times to access the island).

View of kitchen garden from stairs window

View of kitchen garden from stairs window

Back border of kitchen garden

Back border of kitchen garden

Herb bed behind the old stables

Herb bed behind the old stables

Box hedges surround the borders and beds

Box hedges surround the borders and beds

Sweet peas + runner beans

Sweet peas + runner beans

Sweet Peas

Sweet Peas

View of Kitchen Garden from above, pool in the background.

View of Kitchen Garden from above, pool in the background.

Al Fresco Dinner with fire pit in the Kitchen Garden

Al Fresco Dinner with fire pit in the Kitchen Garden

Chickens at the Old Rectory - sometimes they lay eggs…!

Chickens at the Old Rectory - sometimes they lay eggs…!

Broad beans and Artichokes at Christmas

Broad beans and Artichokes at Christmas

Flowering Thyme

Flowering Thyme

Wysteria

Wysteria

Fresh Asparagus

Fresh Asparagus

The remains of an Apple tree that fell down in the early 2000’s, it has rerooted itself and continues to produce fruit even though the main trunk has long gone! Pic taken at Christmas.

The remains of an Apple tree that fell down in the early 2000’s, it has rerooted itself and continues to produce fruit even though the main trunk has long gone! Pic taken at Christmas.