Charming is an overused description when it comes to dining spaces, but it's impossible to not wax a leetle lyrical when it comes to eating at Seasons Restaurant. From the bone china tea cups to the linen table napkins, Seasons manages to combine a little class while feeling awfully homely at the same time.
We shared a Chatter Platter between us which, when it first came out, made me wonder whether it was going to be enough to satisfy us for lunch because, well, I'm a pig. But it was. We worked our way through the smoked salmon, the pate, the prawns, the deli meats, the salad, the biscuits and bread with chutney, gherkins, antipasto and a variety of cheeses with gusto and yea, it was really very good.
The restaurant's menu changes regularly, and they can cater for gluten-free and vegetarian tastes. They source locally-grown produce when they can, such as wines from Olinda Cellars and red currant jam from Parkview Farm in Silvan. Seasons has its own kitchen garden that provides them with all of their herb requirements along with some of the vegetables they use in their dishes.
Seasons Restaurant looks out over the Cloudehill Gardens, and while there is an admission fee you will need to pay if you wish to walk through them ($7.50/$5, $4 for kids or $20 for a family), they were quite stunningly beautiful when we were there in early spring. I am hanging out to visit them again. There is also a lovely decking area for days when the weather is a tad warmer - perfect for weddings..
While you're here, the nursery is worth a wander round as well, with so many beautiful plants and ornaments to buy. Of course, considering I have champagne taste on a beer budget the item I fell completely and utterly in love with was a wind chime hanging from one of the trees. Its sound was something like a Tibetan singing bowl and its price was astronomical - at around $1200, the Tibetan monks need to stick to their bowls, and this garret-dwelling writer needs to stick to sitting on the seat underneath the tree and listening to its different tones in the breeze - that was free. And it was lovely.