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“Little gem”

Larch Cottage Nurseries
Ranked #68 of 172 Restaurants in Penrith
Price range: US$5 - US$16
Cuisines: British
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Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: La Casa Verde is located at the heart of the beautiful Larch Cottage Nurseries. The terraced restaurant serves a light mediterranean Menu, sumptuous home-made cakes and wonderful Italian coffee and wines. All food is made here on site using local produce and organic vegetables from our own kitchen garden.
Reviewed 29 May 2014

It was a fabulous sunny day when we visited and we were lucky enough to get a table on the balcony overlooking the pond and gardens. We had a fantastic fresh cooked pizza with a glass of wine followed by a wonderful cheesecake and coffee. The place has never disappointed, and the nursery has grown quite extensively over the last few years. Well worth a trip, great lunch and lovely to wander around the plants and Italian themed gardens.

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Reviewed 29 May 2014

Our table was the nearest to the door leading out to the dining balcony. It lacked a self-closing fitting. Some people (including staff) did not think to close the door after them. It was a cold rainy day. The cold draught was most uncomfortable and we had to keep getting up to close the door, as did diners from another table. We were at a loss as to why this issue had not previously been identified and appropriately resolved.

I had a very tasty baked potato with cheese and chilli and salad accompaniment. My wife ordered the onion soup. It tasted divine but owing to a basic preparation error included an abundance of fibrous strips of celery, rendering the soup undrinkable. We informed our pleasant and helpful waitress of this. My wife instead opted for the delicious chocolate and caramel tart.

Noticing that the cost of the onion soup was on the bill, I pointed out this oversight to our waitress who in turn referred it to a supervisor. There was no question of an apology. Instead we got the third degree from (to quote from James Edey's recent review) “not a particularly pleasant person with a clipped manner. This person just wasn't up to the job.” How much of the soup been drunk? Had the kitchen staff been informed? Had we told the waitress etc? By now, this person was proving to be something of an embarrassment and we willingly accepted her grudging offer of a 10% discount (about half the cost of the soup) without apology just to escape from the place.

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Reviewed 16 May 2014

The nursery gets 5 stars. Beautifully layed out, vast selection of plants....well worth a visit for the garden lover.

However, our experience of the restaurant was disappointing.

I had booked a table for two on the balcony at 1pm. When we arrived they had no record of this and the balcony was full. Fortunately a table was just coming free so we were shown to it. The table was promptly cleared but not wiped down....it was sticky.

The menu is a little limited and made worse by one of the starters and one of the main courses not being available. However, we placed our order for food and drinks and waited. And waited! Took a long time for the drinks to arrive and even longer for the food.

The food was OK. Wedges were good. The goats cheese salad OK. The Thai fishcakes not the best, to be honest. We didn't bother with a sweet but had coffee which was good. The whole experience took 2 hours.

However, the worst part was the performance of the server which was amateurish to say the least. Not a particularly pleasant person who replied to questions in a clipped manner. This person just wasn't up to the job.

It's a shame because the attention to detail and customer service in the nursery is second to none.

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Reviewed 21 April 2014

This place is adorable and the gardens surrounding it are simply outstanding. As it was a nice day all the statues and flowers made it feel like we were abroad. The restraunt is also decorated beautifully with simple yet chic and rustic furniture. The shabby chic look works well here. The waitresses were really friendly. I ordered salt and pepper wedges and garlic prawns. Both were lovely, fresh and nicely presented. However the prawns could have been seasoned more. The puddings looked gorgeous but too full to try one :(! Definiley would come again.

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Reviewed 9 April 2014

On arriving at the nurseries we had coffee and a very good cake one of a fantastic selection and later had soup for lunch which was also very tasty .

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Thank DorisPreston
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