We were made aware of these gardens and restaurant through a Groupon offer. Although we don't live that far away, we had never considered these gardens for a visit. What a shame, as they are truly lovely. Even on one of the last days before winter closing, the colours of the flowers and shrubs were spectacular. The gardens are kept immaculate and the benches, seating areas and bird watching area are thoughtfully placed. There are water features which lend to the tranquility of the area. We thoroughly enjoyed our stroll, snapping away with the camera to get some very good shots. Having strolled and snapped enough we then visited the restaurant for our included in the offer cream tea. The restaurant is cosy and attractive with very attentive staff. Our server was a lovely lady called Minerva, a real sweetie who made us feel very welcome. I had been a little concerned that because we were on a discounted deal we might get somewhat less than normal, but on the contrary, our cream teas were delicious, a real good pot of tea, delicious cheese and fruit scones. Happily replete we waddled through the charming gift shop and into the bird feeders' paradise, a room full of seeds and nuts and all types of fare to make the most discerning sparrow very happy, managed by a very nice chap. We bagged a bargain and filled the car boot with fatballs, peanuts and seed. Although the gardens close at the end the week, the restaurant and shop stay open, so we are looking forward to returning soon for a special lunch. I would highly recommend a visit.
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