There is an emphasis on sustainability at Quarr Abbey and this echoes throughout the growing plan which has been created by the gardening team. Heritage and Heirloom varieties are grown for their great flavours. Varieties that have been forgotten over the years are grown along with other interesting fruits and vegetables from far and wide.
The Monks benefit from enjoying produce grown on their own land knowing exactly how it is grown and that it has only travelled metres not miles. You too can enjoy this produce as the harvest is also available for sale in the farm shop and is also used in the creation of our Quarr Abbey jams and chutneys range.
The Isle of Wight, situated off the southern-coast of England has been famed for enjoying more sunshine than anywhere else in the United Kingdom.
Taking full advantage of our warm weather, the Abbey’s vegetable plots and polytunnels are tended to by the gardeners and monks as part of their daily chores. Offering up a plethora of fresh fruit and vegetables for the Abbey kitchen and tearooms.
The orchard houses local varieties of apples, pears and stone fruits, now extending to over 200 trees. The apples are used within the Abbey and are also pressed for our orchard blend of apple juice and still and sparkling ciders.
As well as being used in the Abbey and tearoom kitchens, a wide-selection of our produce including homemade jams and chutneys are for sale in the farm shop. You can even take your own piece of Quarr home to flourish with our homegrown selection of seasonal plants.
Quarr Abbey Ale
A Benedictine style ale, a strong full bodied ale with an amber colour and complex palate. Abbey beers have been brewed by monks for centuries utilising locally grown herbs, malt and barley. Quarr Abbey Ale is brewed to capture the essence of these traditional Abbey Beers and uses coriander and sweet gale grown in the abbey’s own gardens.
Quarr Abbey Apple Juice & Cider
Still and sparkling cider and apple juice made using fruit from Quarr Abbey’s orchards and local growers.
Supporting our local community…
We are always looking at ways of supporting our local community, with a number of outreach and engagement programmes running throughout the year. We have dedicated areas of the gardens available to local groups through the ‘Quarr Abbey Allotment Scheme’. Not only giving people an opportunity to enjoy the surroundings of Quarr, it also enables people of all abilities to learn new skills by growing produce and tending to their own produce.