Stratford Garden Centre Cafe
There were no house plants for sale at this garden centre when we
visited. Strange, because this is the only garden centre (with an
indoor area) where we have found this at any time of the year.
The aquatics centre was a Maidenhead Aquatics operation. As
normal, they stocked a very wide range of fish in an attractive and
well-designed shop. The picture on the right shows just some of the
fish on offer.
As well as live fish they stocked a good range of
accessories and tanks.
The indoor area had a reasonable selection of gifts and cards. The
whole of the indoor area was spotlessly clean and arranged in the
style of an up market shop. Wide aisles gave good access to all
Our only reservation is that this format is characterless and not
in keeping with a traditional garden centre. But that's a very subjective opinion.
There was a good range of independent small shops at this garden
centre. In addition, the range of garden furniture was impressive.
The Food Hall, provide by Pownalls stocked some tasty looking items.
We can't really recommend the cafe at the Stratford Garden
Centre for a few reasons. The food looked fine when it was served
but our Panini was lukewarm and a bit tasteless. Having said this,
the the baked potato tasted good and was hot. Both were served with
a small attractive looking salad (more about that later!). The
prices were average and there were no significant queues.
The cafe itself was totally without any charm or character. It
looked like it had been randomly dropped from above into an
available space. We have seen more attractive cafes in airport
Another minus for this cafe was that only the cakes were on
display. Everything else had to be ordered without seeing it
displayed. This is the only cafe where we have seen this to such a
The final nail in the coffin for us was when we saw that one of
the cafe staff was using his fingers to take salad form a bowl and
arrange it on the plates. Also we noted that the Panini's were being
placed on plates by hand. This was surprising because other members
of the cafe staff used the tongs provided rather than handling food.
CAFE UPDATE DECEMBER 2008
Click the picture on the left for the current menu. Our second visit to this cafe
has done nothing to dispel our previous bad review. We again had the Panini (turkey
this time) and baked potato. The potato was fine but the Panini was bland beyond
belief. We can't 100% confirm this but it certainly tasted as if it had been
reheated in a microwave. Extremely unappetising.
This garden centre had obviously been designed for easy access by
wheelchairs. The aisles were wide inside and out with no obstructions.
There were toilet facilities for the disabled.
The toilets were functional and clean.
The car park was more than adequate and was on level dry ground.
DIRECTIONS AND CONTACT
The address is:
Stratford upon Aavon Garden Centre
A map can be found
Tel: 01789 205745
Although this garden centre was not to our taste, it may suit yours.
The inside area was very modern and designed like a high street
shop. For a medium sized garden centre it had a good variety of
plants though no areas of specialism. The lack of a published hardy
plant guarantee is a bit disappointing though.
The aquatics centre
was excellent and the was a good range of other shops. The cafe was
totally uninspiring and lacking in character. The hygiene aspects
mentioned above were worrying. We can't recommend the cafe.
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