A NEW restaurant has opened its doors at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens.

The eatery at the Romsey based gardens is located within the refurbished and restored Jermyn’s House, the historic building – formally the home of the Hillier family.

The site now offers outdoor and indoor dining following a £1.6 million expansion and makeover.

Open every day, all visitors to The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens can enjoy the Garden Restaurant which is now offering freshly cooked brunch and lunch options, including vegan and vegetarian choices.

Opening the new restaurant, Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Keith Mans, said: “I am absolutely delighted to announce the opening of the wonderful new Garden Restaurant in Jermyn’s House.

"Visitors can enjoy delicious food made from fresh local produce in stunning surroundings and boasting unique botanical views. The beautiful interiors of the original Jermyn’s House have also been expertly restored, offering spaces for events and special occasions.

"It is especially pleasing that the much-loved family home of the Garden’s visionary founder, Sir Harold Hillier, has been given a new lease of life. I would like to thank all the supporters of this inspiring project."

The restaurant and function rooms are available to hire for corporate events and special family occasions and comes in addition to the existing food and drink options at The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens.

Cllr Mans added: “The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is an arboretum of national significance and a popular visitor attraction all year round. As COVID-19 restrictions ease, we would like even more people to experience this horticultural gem, and its first-rate facilities.”