Sofitel London Gatwick brings the outdoors in with its new herb garden


If you can’t have an outdoor vegetable garden, create one indoors. This is what the chefs at Sofitel London Gatwick have done, and it is already a topic of discussion among hotel guests.

They transformed the base of the hotel’s iconic fountain, located in the central atrium, into a herb garden with natural light coming from the glass ceiling. Basil, thyme, cilantro, parsley, marjoram and chives, imported as starter plants from a local herb grower, now grow healthily and are regularly picked by chefs for garnish and crusts. of herbs.

“Guests love it because it smells fantastic as they pass by, and the team really enjoys picking fresh herbs to garnish dishes, make herb crusts or cocktails,” said the senior sous-chef, Shaun van den Bergh, who created the herb garden. “Obviously it doesn’t meet all of our herb needs, as we use a lot of it in our gourmet restaurant, La Brasserie, and Urban Café dishes, especially cilantro and basil. But we all love to pick them fresh… and I bet you couldn’t get any less miles of food than the short walk from our kitchen in the hotel atrium!

The Sofitel London Gatwick is a luxury hotel directly connected to the north terminal of the airport by a covered walkway. It has recently undergone a complete renovation of all of its restaurants and bars. The work lasted three months and cost just under £ 1million and includes the two restaurants La Brasserie, an AA Rosette hotel, the more informal Urban Café, the hotel’s two bars – La Terrasse and Le Ciel – as well as the executive lounge.


Terri S. Tomasini