The Gardens Group garden centre is one of three run by Mike Burks. The Duchy of Cornwall is landlord at Poundbury and was behind the plans. The sustainable building is in line with the original conversion of Poundbury farm into the garden centre. The builders were JV Building from Dorchester. The new building adds 20 seats to make it 100 for diners.
The new Orangery has wide double doors and a gently sloping ramp. It is made with a green oak structure and sits alongside the converted Engine Room and farm buildings which form the main part of the garden centre.
At the launch event, guests enjoyed tasters from the brand new lunch and evening menu created by chef Paul Finch including canapés based on Caesar salads, homemade pasties and Yorkshire puddings filled with beef and horseradish.
Director of Poundbury Gardens James Foster-Pegg said: "It is wonderful to see the Orangery open and filled with people. We’ve been working on the extension for some time and are thrilled with the result; we had some great comments on the night and from people who have already enjoyed the space for a coffee and cake."
He added that autumn was "picking up nicely" and that Christmas is "looking positive".