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“Avoid the Applebarn Restaurant”
Review of The Valley

The Valley
Ranked #3 of 30 things to do in Evesham
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: We're the new destination for shopping, leisure and adventure right in the heart of England. The Valley is packed with good stuff, in fact there's 125 acres to discover and explore - with all the biggest brands and unique boutiques, right on the River Avon. An eclectic mix of retailers, centred in a relaxed retail village, The Valley is home to designer fashion brands, outdoor specialists and local crafts and produce. The Valley offers a range of great places to eat and drink, from relaxed bistro dining to a comforting roast dinner, and with a wide range of fresh local produce our farm shop is the perfect place to purchase your picnic essentials. The Valley Castle Adventure Playground and our very own narrow gauge railway mean there's something for the whole family to enjoy. With cycle paths, country walks, and over a mile of serene riverbank, our outdoor lifestyle shopping destination is truly unique. Just five minutes drive from Evesham town centre, ideally located on the A46, with free parking seven days a week, why wait to discover something new at The Valley?
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Worcester, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
98 reviews
44 attraction reviews
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“Avoid the Applebarn Restaurant”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

There is a marvellous, large garden centre here and several shops with a light railway which we did not visit. The main thrust of our visit was to have lunch and in this we were sadly disappointed.

There are several serving counters which is a bit confusing, but we managed to order a sandwich and slice of quiche from one counter and two pieces of cheesecake with cups of tea from another.

The food was disappointing - although the quiche was quite nice we were given only a small slice and it cost £4.15! The turkey and bacon sandwich was also a little disappointing at £5.25. The cheesecakes, however, were the biggest let down. I'm not sure how they were made but they tasted of nothing but fake cream which became sickly very quickly. There was no topping on mine (lemon) and very little on my husbands (cherry). The base was also very thin. At £3.85 a slice this was disappointing and although I have a very sweet tooth I couldn't eat it.

So, we left £27.00 lighter (with a couple of cold drinks included in this) and still hungry! We both wished we had stopped at a country pub where we would have paid about the same for a full meal.

I spoke to my parents about the restaurant and they tell me that they were aware that their prices had been 'creeping up'. The carvery seemed very expensive for what was on offer - I think it was around £11 per head. This is a real shame as it is a pleasant place to sit and the staff were all very friendly.

At such a long way for us to visit we won't be coming again until the restaurant facilities improve in quality and price.

Visited June 2014
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Herne, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
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“Give yourself a treat”
Reviewed 22 June 2014

Do the shopping and the select from a varied menu, good food, good prices. Try the breakfast you will not be disappointed, drink coffee, tea is rather insipid.

Visited June 2014
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Evesham, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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“Surprise!”
Reviewed 22 June 2014

We were pleasantly surprised with this Country Park. Not that it is different to others , just that we didn't expect to find it. The shops are predictable, both in style and contents, but good for a browse on a lazy afternoon.

Visited June 2014
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Evesham, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
29 attraction reviews
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“Not bad if you like shopping”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

The name is a bit of a problem as it's not really that much of a country park as it is an out of town shopping destination. Having said that there are some outdoors activities you can do and the shops aren't your typical high street shops either. The shops are all a bit pricey and they're not that special - apart from the sweet shop, that's amazing! If you want to spend some time outdoors there's a light railway that the kids will enjoy and there's quite a nice walk by the river. Another plus is the free parking.

Visited May 2014
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Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
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“How can you call this a country park??”
Reviewed 15 June 2014 via mobile

Followed signs towards a 'Country Park' with my children and dogs hoping for a day enjoying country walks and safe tranquility. What we got was what looked like an eclectic mix of shopping outlets that you would not normally have any reason to visit if they were not here and a so-called Farm Shop with prices that make Waitrose and M&S look like Poundstretcher and Iceland. A well presented and operating miniature steam railway aside, it all looked like an excuse for people to waste a day saying they had been to the country! Most disappointing for us was the so-called riverside footpath trail. We had to fight our way through to an overgrown pathway by the river Avon where the grass, brambles and stinging nettles not only left their mark on us but we're high enough to obscure the view of the river a mere ten feet away. It seems obvious that the non-income generating walkers are overlooked in this 'Country Park'

Visited June 2014
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HJB87, Manager at The Valley, responded to this review, 18 June 2014
Thank you for your review. We are currently in the process of beginning a development of the site, where we plan to add further activities for the whole family, such as a climbing wall and regular events, which we hope will give visitors more value to their visit. I will certainly pass on your comments re retail prices to the relevant areas also.
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