Wheatcroft Garden Centre, Nottingham
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Wheatcroft is named after the former owners, the Wheatcroft family.
Now owned by Notcutts, the indoor sales area was doubled in 2003 making this a large
garden centre. We visited them to review the plants, cafe and lots more.
This is a totally independent GardenAction opinion of
the Wheatcroft Garden Centre in the Nottingham area. Click any
picture to enlarge it.
The outside plants area at the Wheatcroft Garden Centre has been laid
out in an attractive and engaging fashion. There are lots of displays which break up the
straight paths and provide interest.
The range of plants for sale is large with an especially good range of architectural
plants and fruit trees. The signs are clear and indicate the main plant areas.
The quality of the plants at the Wheatcroft Garden Centre was good, better than
some other Notcutts garden centres.
But they still have an irritating habit of displaying a few plants which are
definitely not in good condition. See the display of brown leaved clematis on the
left (click to enlarge). Clematis is another display were however, in good
INDOOR SALES AREA
The large indoor sales area sells a full range of gardening goods, more than
enough to satisfy most gardener's need.
The layout is pleasant with lots of gifts,
cards, books, clothes and more on offer. As the picture on the left shows (click to
enlarge) there is also a medium sized food hall on site selling a good range of
cheese, meat and delicatessen foods and drinks.
The cafe is in a separate, specially designed area of the garden centre.
It is attractively decorated with a high wooden beamed ceiling and basic but homely
looking wooden tables and chairs.
Main meals cost around �7, toasties �4.25, and
jacket potatoes from �4 to �5. Most hot food is served to your table.
They also have a range of breakfasts from �4 to �6. The Wheatcroft Garden
Centre website claims that the cafe stocks a "Gourmet
range of locally sourced produce". We tried a dew of the meals and would
rate the quality of the food as only slightly below average.
It's difficult to judge if something like chicken is locally sourced but we
doubt very much that the cheese in the toasties was sourced locally. In some other cafes, it
clearly is. But at the Wheatcroft Garden Centre cafe the cheese was stringy in the extreme
and lacked flavour. There are some excellent cheeses produced in Nottinghamshire, for
example the range of Cropwell Bishop's cheeses and the Colston Bassett cheeses. Why not use
them instead of serving tasteless processed cheese?
Aside from the ingredients, the service in this cafe was prompt, very
pleasant and with a smile. The presentation of the meals was also good.
A full range of pet accessories with a reasonable range of live, small pets.
The aquatics department was provided by Maidenhead Aquatics and was excellent as always.
GARDEN SHEDS / GREENHOUSES
We only saw a limitedrange.
A small range of water features.
Ladies, gets and disabled facilities in good, clean condition.
More than adequate parking is available immediately adjacent to the main entrance.
DIRECTIONS AND CONTACT
The address is:
Wheatcroft Garden Centre,
Nottingham NG12 4DE
Tel: 0115 921 6061
A map can be found
Our sat nav got us there based on post code then Landmere Lane.
Disabled access is good both inside and outside. It is only let down by a few
obstructions such as large hosepipes in the outside area. Wheelchairs are available at the
front door for no cost.
Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm
Saturday 9am to 6pm
Sunday 10.30am to 4.30pm
Wheatcroft is basically a good garden centre with a large range of mainly healthy
looking plants. There is a large indoor sales area selling a wide variety of gifts and other
The cafe looks attractive but the food is marginally below average for the
quality of the food. The service is excellent.
The lowest rating is 1 star, the highest rating is 5 stars.
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