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Blake House Craft Centre

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Blake End, Braintree CM77 6RA, England
+44 1376 553146
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Cream teas in restaurant

Cream teas was really lovely sandwiches cakes etc tea from a tea pot and China cups etc super my... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
thimblenanna6
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Little Dunmow, United Kingdom
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Awful

My husband and I had been out for the morning and stopped at Blakes for coffee and a scone mid... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Jean B
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Set in beautiful Essex countryside, the carefully preserved farm buildings at Blake House Craft Centre are centered around a courtyard, which was previously the Blake House farmyard. Wander around the fine variety of shops in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, where there really is something for everyone; from a basket of flowers to ballet shoes, from dolls houses to decorations for your home and from antiques to elegant fabrics, you can treat yourself or find the perfect gift. Enjoy a bite to eat at Timbers; our licensed restaurant, housed in an 17th century listed corn barn, then challenge friends to a round of crazy golf on our 9 hole minigolf course. Let the kids use up some energy in our play area and make sure you don’t miss our latest maize maze challenge! The Original Great Maze brings you an aMAZing new adventure each summer, so come and get lost for a great day out for all the family!
  • Excellent31%
  • Very good24%
  • Average22%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible11%
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“maize maze” (8 reviews)
“crazy golf” (7 reviews)
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Hours
Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Blake End, Braintree CM77 6RA, England
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+44 1376 553146
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"maize maze"
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"crazy golf"
in 7 reviews
"interesting shops"
in 5 reviews
"farm shop"
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"dolls houses"
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"lovely lunch"
in 2 reviews
"pleasant afternoon"
in 2 reviews
"the barn"
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"worth a visit"
in 4 reviews
"great fun"
in 3 reviews
"on site"
in 2 reviews
"fabric"
in 12 reviews
"browse"
in 7 reviews
"peacocks"
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"sewing"
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"gifts"
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"businesses"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cream teas was really lovely sandwiches cakes etc tea from a tea pot and China cups etc super my daughters and I loved it but where we had it in the barn restaurant was very cold in there not much heating :(and chairs I sat...More

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LazyDaisy4, Marketing Manager at Blake House Craft Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review and we're so glad you enjoyed your cream tea at Timbers Restaurant. Sorry to hear it was a little chilly though, it can be tricky getting the heating right with the changes in temperature at this time of year. They...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I had been out for the morning and stopped at Blakes for coffee and a scone mid afternoon . As we walked in the place was dark and unwelcoming, as were the people working there. I have to say the scone was...More

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LazyDaisy4, Marketing Manager at Blake House Craft Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Jean, Thank you for your feedback regarding Timbers Restaurant and I'm sorry to hear it wasn't a good experience for you, the building itself is a 17th century listed corn barn and was renovated in sympathy with the traditional style, hence the lighting also...More

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Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

Visited for Halloween. no organisation total farce. No bouncy castle nothing set up on time. Everything very poor. I find their customer service appalling. Looked at their upcoming winter wonderland weekend . On their original post it showed reindeers so i enquired if these where...More

1  Thank Maisie F
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LazyDaisy4, Marketing Manager at Blake House Craft Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2017

Hi Maisie, thank you for your feedback regarding our events. However on reflection, perhaps your close connection with our previous events coordinator has discoloured your view a little? There was an issue and slight delay in the setup of the bouncy castle at Halloween, but...More

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Reviewed 7 November 2017

Great menu, very busy on Sundays with roasts,but you have loads of options best to book table. In the summer months extremely busy but have plenty of tables outside. Beautiful place,plenty of room. Great prices.

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LazyDaisy4, Marketing Manager at Blake House Craft Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

Thank you for your lovely review and we're glad to hear you have enjoyed the great food and atmosphere at Timbers Restaurant. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Reviewed 30 October 2017

Sometimes go here for coffee or lunch in the barn. There are few shops to visit and all nice in their own way. Not enough to keep you occupied for longer than a couple of hours though. Fabric shop is really worth a visit if...More

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LazyDaisy4, Marketing Manager at Blake House Craft Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Thank you for your review. And Sew On, our fabric shop does indeed have a fabulous selection and a great reputation. We also agree, it is lovely to relax in the sunshine outside Timbers Restaurant with your favourite drink; just being able to enjoy the...More

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Reviewed 19 October 2017

Was very disappointed on visiting this weekend just gone, This place is just not suitable for families and children. Adults yes great for mooching about and lunch. Despite the impressions on your leaflet it is not child friendly, the only thing for children was grazy...More

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LazyDaisy4, Marketing Manager at Blake House Craft Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2017

Thank you for your feedback and we're sorry to hear your visit did not meet your expectations. We are first and foremost (as the name suggests) a craft centre, with a variety of shops selling gifts and crafts. We do however welcome and aim to...More

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Reviewed 11 October 2017

For anyone interested in needlecrafts there is a great fabric shop stuffed with all manner of goodies. Not to mention a Dollshouse shop, vintage glass bric a brac, plants and stylish planters all housed in quaint little barns. There's a nice little restaurant although we...More

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LazyDaisy4, Marketing Manager at Blake House Craft Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2017

Thank you for your great review. We do have a lovely range of shops with some fabulous craft supplies as well as gifts and goodies; something for everyone! We hope you'll pop in again sometime soon with perhaps the chance to stay and treat yourselves...More

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Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

I found this place on Daysoutwiththekids which was disappointing The only thing to do for kids is a tiny crazy golf and a muddy maze Thanks it , This place is great for afternoon tea but no good for kids If going in the maze...More

Thank Minky1981
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LazyDaisy4, Marketing Manager at Blake House Craft Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Thank you for your review and feedback, we're sorry to hear Blake House Craft Centre didn't meet your expectations. We are first are foremost a craft centre (as our name suggests) with a great variety of specialist shops and restaurant, but as we say, there...More

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Reviewed 19 September 2017

A great collection of barns, with lots of different craft shops, a restaurant, and even mini crazy golf. A wide range, including wool, fabrics, crafts, dolls houses, vintage goods, dog grooming etc. An enjoyable visit, despite the drizzle.More

Thank drpetembe
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LazyDaisy4, Marketing Manager at Blake House Craft Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2017

Thank you for your great review. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and found plenty to see and do at Blake House Craft Centre, despite the weather. Hope to see you again some time, perhaps for a game of mini golf when the...More

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Reviewed 15 September 2017

Particularly wanted to so to the Sewing and material shop. Have heard from other people how good it is and wasnt disappointed.Au

Thank ashuttlewood05
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LazyDaisy4, Marketing Manager at Blake House Craft Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2017

Thank you for your great review and we're glad 'And Sew On' met your expectations! It's a brilliant shop with a very good reputation!

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Well behaved dogs on leads with their responsible owners are welcomed around the craft centre and they may wish to pop in to Royal Pooches, for a little pampering during their visit! (Around the Maze however, note that only... More
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