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Address: Roxton Road | Cherwood Nursery Blue Bells, Chawston, Bedford MK44 3BL, England
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+44 1480 405663
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Fri - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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We began selling chilli pepper plants in 2001. The plants, and later...

We began selling chilli pepper plants in 2001. The plants, and later pickles and sauces, gained very favorable attention and in 2007 we purchased Cherwood Nursery in Chawston which we renovated. Known for its 'Pick Your Own' chilli tunnel which is open to the public, the nursery has become the destination of choice for European hot pepper enthusiasts. In addition to fresh retail and wholesale chillies we also produce a selection of gourmet sauces, spice rubs, dried, smoked, frozen, and pickled chillies processed onsite in a 5 'Stars On The Doors' production kitchen. We also 'grow-to-order' for many other European hot sauce producers, restaurants, farm shops, delicatessens, and distinguished retailers such as Harrods and Fortnum and Mason. We host tours and workshops. Our chilli sauces are available from the nursery and local Waitrose stores. Edible Ornamentals has featured in the national daily press, The Economist and leading national trade publications The Grocer and Fresh Produce Journal. Joanna featured as a chilli expert on BBC's 3 Counties Radio, Radio 2's 'Chris Evans Show', and Radio 4's 'You and Yours' and has appeared in many TV programmes including Ready Steady Cook, Economy Gastronomy, Market Kitchen, Countrywise, Gordon Ramsay's 'Ultimate Cookery Course', 'The Hairy Bikers' and ITV's 'Sunday Brunch'. Heston Blumenthol visited and filmed an episode of his Channel 4 series "Great British Food" which featured Shawn and Heston eating a Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, hottest chilli in the world at that time. Edible Ornamentals won an extremely prestigious "Grower Of The Year Award" at the annual Horticultural Weekly sponsored event in 2011. That same year we were crowned "Best Chilli Grower UK" at the Fiery Foods Festival in Brighton. We were also named 'Local Food Hero' for East Anglia by the Good Food Channel's Market Kitchen and in 2015 awarded an extremely prestigious TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

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I went here for a days lesson on chillies and how to use them. Fantastic day. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Recommend it but watch out for those small chillies they really pack a punch.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went here for a days lesson on chillies and how to use them. Fantastic day. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Recommend it but watch out for those small chillies they really pack a punch.

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Thank westoning
Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The owners are extremely helpful in choosing which plants suit your culnary delights. They also have a shop inside where you can buy homemade chutneys & the best chilli, salted caramel.

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Thank JillyK600
Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Consistent quality, friendly service, and they also provide cooked meals and recipes on site. Do visit, you will be amazed at the quality and the variety of the produce available.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a birthday present for my partner and me. We were initially a little anxious thinking it might be rather formal, but not a bit of it! There were about 6 other couples all there for the same thing. The owner, Sean, gave us a friendly chat about how the business had come about, then we were invited to... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited for a chilli growing workshop for two which I bought my other half for his birthday. The experience was really informative no matter your level of experience of chilli growing. Shawn was very knowledgable, fun and clearly very passionate about his business. We picked up lots of tips. The best bit was getting to try some of chilli... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2017 via mobile

We went for a birthday Sunday lunch. Me my husband, my son his partner and my granddaughter. The food is really tasty and they were just so welcoming and accommodating. We even got the added extra of being included in the chilli tasting experience! We will definitely go back to visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2017 via mobile

Really friendly staff who cared and made sure we were having a good time. The chilli tasting was fun and there were some really nice jams and chutneys. The afternoon tea itself was tasty and well presented. Thank you

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Thank Luke S
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2017

Had a really great afternoon today, nice afternoon tea and then chilli product tasting, really friendly staff and a very informative introduction to the company. Will be back in 4 weeks to gets some plants and again in September for the tour and chilli picking. 🌶🌶🌶👍👍😃😃

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Thank Maxine C
Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2017

My partner and I were bought the afternoon tea and chilli tasting experience for Christmas. The chilli tasting was great we got to try various chilli sauces and chutneys and were given a brief talk about them too. They were so good we decided to buy several jars to take home. We then sat down to have the afternoon tea.... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

Popped in fro Sunday lunch 27-Nov-16. All different types of sauces & Chilli jams for sale. Sunday lunch was good with a touch of chilli in most of the things on the plate. The hosts was very welcoming and explained all the different types of Chilli's available. Will return on June for the tour.

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