I have been here several times before but never actually been inside the teary aren't before. Only ever having a coffee outside. The restaurant is beautiful, especially upstairs. Totally unexpected. We ate on the terrace/balcony outside. Plenty of seating. Order inside and then they serve you at your table.
The panini was lush. Described just as mozerella, roasted veg and pesto. Lovely! Had a fair amount of fresh garlic butter on it and served with a beautiful coleslaw and side salad. The ploughmans was 'alright' the bread was lovely and fresh but whilst tasty it wasn't anything to write home about. Good but not wow. I was tempted with the homemade soup. There were two flavours; orange and fennel and, tomato and basil. But at £5.95 I thought it seemed expensive. The paninis are circa £7 and they ploughmans was circa £11.
Cakes, we went for orange and polenta cake and chocolate cake. Both very good and very large portions for £2.50 - £2.75.
The prices were mixed for a cafe. I personally thought the savoury food seemed more than most but the cakes less than most places. However, this hidden gem in a garden centre near a riverside walk (4.5 miles if you walk up one side and back along the other - this includes a large hill up a lane - you've been warned!) is one worth visiting even if you bypass the garden centre.
I must have been here ten times before but only on this occasion found the hidden garden up some steps. Gorgeous. Wish mine at home looked like this.
You must also visit the Moss shop in the garden centre. Fill your boots with the cards they design themselves and print locally and and absolute steal at £1.95 each.
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