Cafe at Dobbies, Atherstone
Aquarium and Pet Centre
The Aquatics centre was the largest we have seen so far. There was
an enormous variety of fish available. In addition,
Dobbies stocked a large range of tanks, accessories and fish
The Pet Centre was well-stocked but not to the level as
the Aquatics centre. A good selection of small pets were available
including birds. Additionally they stocked a range of pet needs and
Dobbies Garden Centre at Atherstone have a
large variety of in-store shops including crafts, gifts and
cards. They also host a huge outdoor clothing section (click
picture on the left to enlarge it).
The picture on the left also shows their food
hall which has a butchers and delicatessen. Although the fresh
local produce looked good, it was on the expensive side.
For the children, there is a kids play park to keep the
younger ones amused. For all the family there is Plantasia,
Maze World and Wild
Walk. These are major attractions and well worth a vist. They are
horticulturally based yet at the same time the whole family will enjoy
Restaurant / Cafe Facilities
No trip to a big Garden Centre would be complete without a snack or meal
at the cafe and the Greenapple Cafe will not disappoint. It's large,
airy and attractive. In warmer weather you can eat on the patio which is
If you click the picture on the left you can see the hot
food menu available at the Cafe in 2007.
There are also salad s available plus a range of snacks,
teas, coffees and other drinks.
Prices seemed very competitive for the quality
of the food and we rate the value for money in the cafe as
Cleanliness was good, there were lots of staff available to
clean the tables. Service was faster compared to other garden
centre cafes we have been to and the wait for food was short.
All in all, the cafe provided good food, good service
and was attractive and pleasant. We rate it very highly.
For a deposit of �10 or your car key, the garden centre will provide a
good quality wheel chair at no cost. The aisles are wide enough for easy
access around the garden centre. All areas were accessible for wheel
chairs by the use of ramps.
Special toilets for the disabled are available and
well-equipped. Although none of our party were disabled, we asked
several users of the wheel chairs how easy they found the garden centre.
All were happy with the facilities with no complaints.
The toilets were clean and without any queues. There was a well-equipped
parent and baby toilet with nappy changing facilities.
Directions and Contact
The address is:
Dobbies Garden World (Formerly Cross Lanes Farm Garden Centre)
Tel: 01827 715511
Fax: 01827 711384
Nearest motorway junctions are M6 junction 3, M42
If you want a day out at a garden centre then we recommend Dobbies at
Atherstone highly. There is a huge range of plants and gardening
equipment in addition to to the large aquatics and pet centre.
The restaurant is reasonably priced with good food and
service. The Plantasia group of attractions is educational and at the
same good fun.
The prices of plants and equipment is only average but
that is a common element to most of the larger garden centres.
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