Bridgemere Garden World
The house plants for sale were in good condition and the range
available was excellent.
Some attempt had been made to group the indoor
plants logically but in practical terms the grouping was for display
purposes rather than by growing conditions.
A comprehensive range of gifts, cards and garden accessories are
available which will not disappoint. The range of indoor and
outdoor furniture was exceptionally good.
We found the
Hoobycraft shop on site particularly good. It was,
by far, the largest Hobbycraft we have seen at a garden centre.
The Bridgemere Gardens are made up of eight separate gardens, each
designed for a specific purpose. The easy maintenance garden is
there, as well as the shrub garden, water garden (see left) plus
The vast majority of the plants are clearly labelled. If
you see one you like, it's probably available at the garden centre.
Entrance is free.
Near the Bridgemere Gardens is a small railway which tours
round the site. At the time of our visit it was closed, so check
running times on their website (see below).
AQUATICS AND PETS
aquatics centre was very large with a huge variety of all
types of fish available. Also included was an excellent display of
water features (see right).
The pet and equestrian centre was well equipped with lots for sale.
No live pets were offered for sale.
(updated December 2008)
There are two cafes at Bridgemere Garden World, we
sampled the larger one. On offer was a full range of cakes, snacks,
coffees and teas. Main meals were also on offer (see right). The
food was home cooked and reasonable quality.
The cafe itself was plainly laid out and gave the impression of a school dining room. The
tables and chairs were plain and arranged in long rows. There were no queues even at
peak hours. From the number of people in the cafe, it is clear that it
has a good reputation with the locals. The prices were slightly high for a garden centre
cafe. Our light lunch of a sandwich, crisps and a large mug of coffee cost �6.09, not
particularly good value.
Main meals ranged from �6 to �7 with a turkey meal (seasonal for
Christmas) cost �6.99. Some sorry looking mince pies cost �1.49 each. The sandwiches (home
made at Bridgemere) were a bit low on filling. The cheapest hot meal was soup of the day
with a chunk of bread and a thin slice of Cheshire cheese at �4.70, slightly higher priced
Bridgemere is a large garden centre and they have laid it out extremely
well for wheelchair use. The paths were wider than normal and were all
flat and uncluttered. Wheelchairs are available at the front entrance
for no cost.
There were disabled and baby changing facilities. They were clean and
well kept with no queues.
The car park was on flat ground with lots of spaces.
DIRECTIONS AND CONTACT
The address is:
Bridgemere Garden World
The garden centre is well signposted from junctions 15 and 16 of the M6.
A map can be found
Tel: 01270 521100
Email: not known
Bridgemere (Wyevale's) (almost no information)
Bridgemere is one of the largest garden centres in the UK and stocks a
huge range of good quality plants and garden accessories. Service is
good, with the advice centre being staffed even in January. The
Bridgemere Gardens are impressive, inspirational and the majority of
plants are labelled.
The cafe serves reasonable food at slightly higher than normal
prices. Not the best cafe we have encountered, with a distinctly boring and drab interior.
Our other concern is the lack of an advertised hardy plant
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