The team here at Lilac have had a strong, clear ethos from the very beginning – sustainability. Like our sister restaurant, Robin Wylde, our overarching focus has always been providing you with the very best in locally sourced, seasonal produce. Paired of course with incredible, low intervention wines, many of which are produced here in the South West. With an emphasis on seasonality and locality, our ever changing menu is committed to reducing waste. Our core values are at the very heart of Lilac, and it is imperative to us, as a restaurant, to support local businesses and producers, and champion small, independent companies as they flourish and grow. We are incredibly lucky to have some of the very best suppliers in the region on our doorstep. I would love to share with you some of my favourite suppliers for fantastic produce here in the South West.
The Monmouth Pantry, Lyme Regis
Stocking a veritable bounty of local produce, The Monmouth Pantry, situated at the top of Broad Street in Lyme Regis, is your go to for the freshest in organic, home-grown fruit and vegetables. With an inspiring British cheese selection and plastic free wholefood refill, they offer the very finest in artisan treats.
Botanical Tales, East Devon
When it came to décor for Lilac the focus was still sustainability. Bex from Botanical Tales created the most enchanting, ethereal dried floral installation using flowers grown from her own garden in East Devon. The installations change with the seasons showcasing the best that Mother Nature has to offer.
Haye Farm, East Devon
Set amongst the rolling hills of East Devon, Haye Farm is a high welfare, organic farm with a passion for regenerative and holistic farming. They encourage rotational grazing and companion planting to allow for the very best in local produce. Offering seasonal fruit and vegetables, organic meats, dairy and eggs straight from the farm to you. Haye Farm is also home to Gilt and Flint, an organic brewery founded in 2018. Gilt and Flint use locally grown, organic ingredients to brew small batch ales and ciders.
Trill Farm Garden, Axminster
Trill Farm are a small-scale market garden supplying organic vegetables and salad to local restaurants in Devon and Dorset. They also offer an organic local vegetable delivery box scheme. In 2021 they won Young Organic Growers of the Year thanks to their commitment to soil management and biodiversity.
Tamarisk Farm, West Bexington
Founded in 1960, Tamarisk were pioneers of organic farming before organic certification even existed. Farming 600 acres of National Trust Land they produce fresh, organic vegetables, grass fed, organic lamb and beef, free range eggs and organic wool and sheepskins with sustainable agriculture always at the forefront.
Castlewood Vineyard, Musbury
Castlewood are a boutique vineyard in East Devon specialising in low intervention organic wines. Owned and managed by the Corbett Family who meticulously tend to and harvest the vines to produces incredible still and sparking wines. They host an annual wine festival to celebrate their harvest. Keep an eye out for their collaborative wines.
Langham Wine Estate, Dorchester
Langham Wine Estate take a low intervention approach to producing award winning wines in the heart of Dorset. Last year their Langham Culver Classic Cuvee was voted South West Wine of the Year.
Furleigh Estate, Bridport
Just 5 miles from the Jurassic Coast is another award-winning wine producer. The Furleigh Estate, set on the site of a former dairy farm, have become synonymous with classic quality still and sparkling wines. They offer a seasonal wine club and tours of the vineyard and winery with tasting available for an insight into truly special English wines.