About us

Our Story

About Us

The Secret Garden is located on the Mersham le Hatch Estate formerly owned by Lord Braebourne. We have been established for over 18 years & are owned by a local Farming Family. Here, we’ve gained a reputation for offering both excellent locally sourced Food and Service – evolving from being a farm shop which ran a small café to a popular restaurant (occasionally hosting weddings) and since the start of 2022, we’ve achieved our long term goal of becoming an exclusive Wedding & Events Venue. We have grown exponentially over the past 3 years, and are extremely proud to be starting our new era as one of Kent’s leading Wedding & Events Venues.

We pride ourselves on our sustainability efforts leading within the Wedding industry – we’ve made lots of changes, big and small, in order to be as sustainable as possible throughout our venue; including ordering our fresh produce from only local suppliers, all our alcohol from either local breweries/distilleries/wineries or if not possible, buying through a local supplier, having our eggs exclusively supplied by the business owners local farm (and transported the 3.3 miles via electric van!) and supplying weddings with our own Secret Garden Confetti – grown, dried and pressed on the Farm too. To name a few!

One of our favourite things about us is our food! We separate ourselves from other venues by having our own in-house team of chefs – no outside catering or outsourcing to a sole external caterer. Our team of chefs work solely for us, and their time and dedication to preparing creative and delicious menus and dishes shines through – the fresh local ingredients definitely help too! Our Head Chef has been with us for almost 10 years – and it’s our team’s consistency and diligence to our venue that means we are ever-evolving and improving year upon year.

Please do get in touch with us if you’re interested in holding your Special Day with us here at the Secret Garden – we’re excited to discuss all of the possibilities we can offer for your celebrations!

Or, if we’re not looking like the right venue for you (perhaps you have a particular different style of catering in mind? Or need space for larger guest numbers?), take a look at our two sister venues: