Cafe at Dobbies, Clyde Valley
CAFE AT DOBBIES GARDEN CENTRE CLYDE VALLEY
This is not your normal, rather sterile Dobbies cafe. Significant attention to detail makes this
cafe feel homely but at the same time modern and slightly unusual. As you walk to the serving area,
the excellent kids menu is at a height that kids can read. Much better than putting it high up and
behind the counter.
Service is quick with little queuing time. The staff are friendly and very helpful.
The food itself is good quality and attractively displayed. Click on
the right hand picture to see the strawberries and cream cakes on offer. Delicious!
Hot food is ordered at the counter and then served to your table.
The cafe has a conservatory type ceiling which is very high. This gives a very
light and airy atmosphere to the whole cafe. The impression is of eating outside at
the same time as being under cover.
It's all attractively laid out with beautiful
views of the surrounding area through the massive picture window. If weather permits
there is also an outdoor seating area.
We were truly impressed by this cafe. Good food, a pleasant atmosphere and
great views. That's hard to beat.
Main meal specials were priced around �6 to
�7, baguettes and toasties were priced at �4 to �5 depending on the filling. Salads (fresh
salmon at the time of our visit) came in at �5 to �6. All reasonable prices for the quality
and quantity of the food.
House plants were not just a sideshow at Dobbies, Sandyholm. There was an
extensive range of plants for sale. They were in good condition and displayed in an
INDOOR SALES AREA
Dobbies, Sandyholm has a large indoor sales area with a full range
of gifts, cards, books etc. It's divided into two main areas. The first contains
goods that are garden related, indoor and outdoor furniture, barbecues, seed, tools
The second area, preceded by a rather steep ramp for wheelchairs, is purely gifts
and similar. Click the picture on the right to see the collectables and gifts area.
At the far end of the outdoor plants area is the
Clyde Valley Birds of Prey area. We didn't go in but from a quick look it seemed good
value for the �1 entry fee. Demos and shows can be arranged for school children.
Wheelchairs are available for free at the entrance. All areas are accessible both indoors
and outdoors, although the ramp in the indoor sales area is a bit steep.
Exceptionally clean, there were gents, ladies, disabled and baby changing facilities, all
Ample car parking is available. It's on flat and dry surfaces. Slightly further away
from the entrance than is normal but not a problem for most.
DIRECTIONS AND CONTACT FOR DOBBIES CLYDE VALLEY
The address is:
Dobbies Garden World (Sandyholm)
Crossford by Carluke
Scotland ML8 5QF
Our sat nav delivered us there without a problem, based on the postcode
A map can be found
Tel: 01555 860205
An excellent garden centre with loads of individuality. The almost totally covered
plants area is excellent. The cafe is impressive with superb views and a friendly
atmosphere. We fully recommend this Dobbies garden centre
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