When it comes to afternoon tea, lobster lunches and scrumptious Sunday roasts featuring panoramic views, there’s simply no place quite like Clementine’s on the Lawn, the all-new luxury dining experience at Blenheim Palace.
The new restaurant, encompassed by a glass conservatory structure, allows guests to enjoy lunch or afternoon tea with guaranteed views of the South Lawn, Blenheim Palace and nearby woodland.
It’ll boast a selection of main, Sunday, afternoon tea, and children’s menus that pack a punch. The unique dining experience features a variety of locally sourced ingredients and inspired dishes as well as refreshing cocktails, mocktails, and of course, champagne darling!
Clementine’s on the Lawn is available for a limited time only, until the Autumn, and offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity for visitors to dine with a view of the Baroque Palace for the very first time.
The citrus name of the new restaurant pays homage to The Orangery, which is undergoing vital restoration in 2023, as well as Clementine Churchill, wife of Sir Winston Churchill.
Diners may wish to take a stroll across the lawn to the nearby Formal Gardens and discover where the wartime leader proposed to his wife at the Temple of Diana.
Heather Carter, MD of the Blenheim Palace Visitor Attraction at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, said: “The conservatory will be operational throughout the summertime serving delicious lunches starring many locally sourced ingredients and the finest selection of afternoon tea.
“People who want to experience dining on the lawn, much like the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough have done for centuries, will have until the autumn to join us.”
The glass structure is 16 x 25 metres with an additional outdoor terrace area and is expected to hold 180 diners at its maximum capacity. Additional to the lunch offering, themed afternoon teas will take place throughout the season to delight diners.
Restoration work on The Orangery will mean people can enjoy the splendour of dining at Blenheim Palace for years to come. The main conservation work being undertaken in The Orangery includes restoring the roof to its original architecture, which is expected to be completed in October 2023.
Blenheim has pledged to spend £40 million on restoration within a ten-year period to ensure the Palace and ‘England’s finest view’ remains for future generations to enjoy.
Designed by Vanbrugh in the Baroque style, Blenheim Palace was financed by Queen Anne on behalf of a grateful nation following the first Duke of Marlborough’s triumph over the French in the War of the Spanish Succession.
Set in over 2,000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped parkland, it has been home to the Dukes of Marlborough since 1705 and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.