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.
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