The Scented Botanist at Keyneston Mill
The Scented Botanist sits at the heart of Keyneston Mill Botanic Gardens, nestled in the Tarrant Valley and bordered by the River Stour – the creative and experimental home of Parterre Fragrances. Uniquely, we grow, harvest and distil the key ingredients for our luxury perfumes on this 50-acre estate, dedicated solely to aromatic and scented plants.
At The Scented Botanist, our contemporary bistro-café, we strive not only to serve our customers food which is adventurous, inspiring and wonderfully fragrant, but also to provide a relaxed environment where you can truly unwind for a few hours in these difficult times. Our bistro is spacious and all our tables are socially distanced for your comfort and safety, and when the weather allows, there is ample seating on the cafe lawn where visitors can enjoy views across the gardens to a soundtrack of gentle bird song. For those who want to explore the estate further, we also offer delicious seasonal picnics most of the year. See our website for our picnic offerings and pre-ordering information.
Our chefs take their inspiration from our gardens – many of the ingredients integral to our dishes are produced on the estate – from fruit, flowers, leaves and herbs to honey and cordials. And beyond that we’re dedicated to finding the finest quality fresh ingredients that we can source from local suppliers, because we believe our customers will taste the difference.
We aim to offer something for everyone on our menu – many dishes are suitable, or can be adapted for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets, amongst others. Try our vegetarian twice baked Goat's Cheese Souffle with red onion jam and chive oil. Or our vegan Falafel with Baba Ganoush, rose harissa and coriander.
For a meatier feast, you could opt for Beetroot ravioli with Confit Duck, walnuts, parmesan and sage or perhaps the very popular Smoked Chicken Croquette with wild mushrooms. Our menus change seasonally, of course, so visit the website to see a full sample menu or call for details.
We also offer a Patisserie menu pre-lunch and after 3pm, as a delicious accompaniment to coffee or herbal tea, including home-made Madeleines, vegan Stem Ginger & Orange cake and Lemon & Lavender Drizzle Cake. Again, see our website for our current offerings.
The Scented Botanist is fully licensed and serves a range of fine wines, alongside local beers and ciders. We have a delicious Christmas Lunch offering, and we can also offer lunchtime or evening Private Dome Parties for small gatherings, in our exclusive Geo-dome. This is a wonderful, relaxed and memorable venue for celebrations and special occasions, and menus can be tailored to your requirements. Please contact us for further details.
We also have our own events programme, including Themed Evenings and our Cinema & Supper Evenings where you can enjoy a feast of cinematic and culinary treats with our eclectically curated programme of films. Tickets (pre-booked only) include a 2-course supper served jazz club style in winter, or outside in summer with the feature film shown on a customised sail in the café gardens – weather permitting! A pay-bar is available and hot and cold drinks are available to purchase. Details of the current film programme can be found on the website.
We always recommend making a reservation for lunch, and groups of 6 or over must pre-book.
Call us on 01258 786022 to make a reservation or discuss your requirements.
The Scented Botanist is located just outside of Blandford Forum. There is ample parking on site, and the Bistro-Café, Shop and Café Garden are all wheelchair accessible.