Dobbies Garden Centre, Preston
There was a good selection of house plants at Dobbies, Preston. They
were attractively arranged and in good condition generally. Prices
were about average. There was little attempt to group the plants by
AQUATICS AND PETS
The large aquatics department stocked a good range of fish,
accessories and feeds. It was attractively arranged and well
worth a look especially if you have kids with you.
no live pets sold although there was a fair range of pet
accessories. Garden birds were well catered for with a good
range of bird tables.
GENERAL SHOPPING AREA
The non-gardening shopping area was massive. It
was almost a department store. We guess that it had about eight
times the floor area compared to the indoor gardening shopping
It was arranged on three levels with a central lift
connecting each floor to assist with disabled access.
The Greenapple Cafe is large and thoroughly modern. It's clean,
spacious, airy and attractively furnished and decorated. Unusually
for a garden centre cafe, it is licensed to sell alcoholic drinks.
There was a range of wines and bottled beers on offer.
There was a
selection of main meal specials at around �6.95.
What grabbed our attention was the extremely well-stocked
salad bar. For �6.95 you could pile a large plate with as much
salad as you wanted!
A good price indeed because the offerings
included good quality ham, gala pie, salmon, tuna mayonnaise to
name but a few. The cheese was particularly tasty and unusual.
Another good value offering were the freshly made (in
front of your eyes) pancakes. They varied from just over �2 to just
under �4 depending on the filling you chose. Of course, the taste would
depend on who was cooking it for you but ours was exceptionally good.
The cafe also stocked a good variety of sandwiches,
Paninis and baguettes for around �4. Teas, coffees and cakes were also
The quality of the food was consistently high and the
presentation attractive. Hot food was served to your table. Overall we
rate the cafe highly both for the quality of the food and value for
Excellent in the outside plant area with wide aisles. Inside was also
good although the design of a multi-level shopping area means that
wheelchair users would need to use the lift.
The toilets were clean and modern. There were toilets for the disabled
and facilities for mother and toddlers.
More than sufficient. All the car parking area was flat and easily
DIRECTIONS AND CONTACT
The address is:
Dobbies Garden World
A map can be found
Tel: 01772 683 844
http://www.dobbies.com/preston-garden-centre.aspx (limited information)
A very large and modern garden centre with a huge proportion of the
shopping area devoted to non-gardening items. Gardening-wise, you will
also find everything you want. Plants were healthy and carry that five
year hardy plant guarantee.
An excellent cafe with some of the food being unusual.
The salad bar particularly impressed us and the fresh pancakes were a
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