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.
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