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About the Potting Shed Garden Kitchen & Cafe

Situated at Carpenter’s garden centre & farm shop, The Potting Shed Garden Kitchen and Cafe offers a unique dining experience for food lovers living in the St Albans and Hertfordshire area. Open seven days a week, the Potting Shed offers breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.

Our head Chef Scott Whitehead and his team have created a mouth-watering menu using our own grown and locally sourced produce.  With all the vegetables we grow on-site, sown, planted and harvested by hand no further than 250m from the kitchen, we offer a true sustainable field to fork experience.

The sixty-cover restaurant is light and spacious with views over the beautifully landscaped garden and open fields.

Locally Sourced


Tasty seasonal menus are created using our own grown produce

Relax and enjoy wonderful food, made with great produce overlooking beautiful countryside.  Perfect.

After growing fruit and vegetables on our site for over 90 years and preaching how good they taste, we thought that it was about time we did some cooking and give our customers the chance to sample them in a selection of wonderful dishes.

Modern, but with a rustic and agricultural style, our sixty seat restaurant is light and spacious with views over a beautifully landscaped garden and open fields. On warm sunny days you can dine alfresco on our patio or enjoy the breeze from inside when we open the bi-fold doors.  Well behaved and groomed dogs are welcome, so you can eat and rest your legs after a walk around Heartwood Forest situated just a mile down the road.


Our tasty seasonal menus are created using our own grown vegetables and produce sourced from small local suppliers .  Start the morning with a traditional full breakfast, eggs benedict a bacon sarnie or if you just want something light, a croissant and a coffee.

On our lunch menu you will find fresh seasonal dishes created using our own grown produce, weekly specials and vegetarian options.  In the summer our tasty salads are prepared using tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers all freshly picked. If you still have room, we have a delicious selection of cakes and pastries.  Gluten-free options are also available.

If you’re looking for something lighter we offer a great range of freshly made sandwiches, home-made soups and quiche.

If you are looking for somewhere to meet with a friend, celebrate a birthday or you just fancy treating yourself, we offer a sumptuous afternoon tea served with a choice of tasty fingers sandwiches, home-made cakes and scones, served with hand selected teas.

Afternoon Tea is served from 2.30pm- Mon- Sun.  Please call to make a reservation.  Bookings must be made 24 hours in advance and a 50% deposit is required.

Breakfast/ Brunch Menu

Lunch Menu

Set lunch

Potting Shed Children’s Menu


Please submit your reservation details and we will contact you to confirm your booking

Online booking requests must be made a minimum of 24hrs in advance. If you require a reservation within 24hrs or if the reservation is for more than 6 people, please contact us by telephone. Additionally, we do not take reservations for weekends, tables are offered on a first come, first serve basis

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We know the importance of good coffee and we have made great efforts to select a house coffee that will appeal to all tastes. Supplied by the Gentlemen Barista’s Co. The Boater blend is medium bodied with a butterscotch sweetness and nutty finish.  We also offer a Brazilian Arabica de-caff that our customers tell us they can’t believe is de-caff!

If teas more your bag (pardon the pun!) we have a lovely selection of teas supplied by Hertfordshire based supplier Mortiers. You will find a choice of aromatic flavoured teas as well as traditional Earl Grey and English breakfast flavours all picked from the best quality Sri-Lankan tea estates.

To accompany your lunch or breakfast we have a great selection of artisan soft drinks supplied by Belvoir, James White and Franklin as well as great wines supplied by local St Albans wine merchant Flagship wines.

If a nice beer is more your thing, we also have a good selection of thirst quenching ales supplied by local brewers; Farr Brew, Three Brewers and the Tring Brewery.


A true Field to Fork experience