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“Delightful on a sunny day”
Review of The Secret Garden - CLOSED

The Secret Garden
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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Delightful on a sunny day”
Reviewed 2 August 2014

The secret garden is a well planned and executed garden venture in the grounds of the Watersplash Hotel. A lot of thought has gone into this outdoor cafe featuring marquee with high back chairs, garden chairs and various furniture, plus other assorted tables and chairs around the garden. Its a sort of shabby chic cum English traditional cum retro feel, but with its kitchen in a shed it also has the feel of a pop-up restaurant.

The shed kitchen and prep area is also its slight weakness .. food is limited to cold items so bear this in mind if you want something warm. This said the Secret Garden is meant to be enjoyed on a summers day so is perfectly suited for tea, cakes and sandwiches.

Doorstep sandwiches are soft and fantastic (though steep at £7.95 with one stick of romaine lettuce, a slice of tomato and a few crisps) and we loved the idea of a cheese sandwich to be dunked in tomato soup.

Service was acceptable and pleasant, though paying by card had a niggle due to connection issues which resulted in our bill being rounded down to £20 because they had lost the ticket.

  • Visited August 2014
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1 Thank Chilterner101
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winchester
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Magic little place”
Reviewed 31 July 2014

I took my sister who was home from Australia for a holiday to see the secret garden.It was the same as usual,great service great food and the setting was so so English. I would recommend it to anyone.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank thomas i
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London, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Service was so bad we never found out what the food was like”
Reviewed 30 July 2014 via mobile

We were initially envious of the people at the table next to us. As they had managed to get the attention of a member of staff and actually place an order. Something we had failed to do for quite a while. However when we over heard them exasperatedly asking where a couple of the items they had ordered had got to we cut our losses and left.

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Thank barnesey_72
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Bristol
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122 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Loved it!”
Reviewed 28 July 2014 via mobile

Came here with my sister and 2 nephews 5 and 6. They had a nice area for the kids to play in. The place was lovely and had lots of character. Food was fresh and delicious prices reasonable for fresh food and a good selection too. Will be returning.

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1 Thank middymagic
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Hayling Island, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Average Cafe”
Reviewed 27 July 2014

Nice sandwiches if you like doorsteps.
Salad was good. Pleasant staff but could be trained to be more attentive

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Dennis T
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