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“Great Food in an Unusual Setting”
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Denmans Garden
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Owner description: Enjoy beautiful gardens designed by John Brookes.
Reviewed 15 December 2013

The restaurant is attached to a garden shop and is the primary attraction; great for a light lunch and tea. Very English selection, mostly locally sourced pies and similar for lunch, a good range of puddings and cakes which I assume are made on the premises.

You can either eat in the Conservatory attached to the restaurant or outside; it's nice in the summer or a sunny winter's day in particular, because your kids can wander around the garden and look at the various sculptures.

I used to go there on a regular basis when I lived in the area; my only caveat is that the owner doesn't seem to care for kids very much, which seemed a bit odd given the set-up.

1  Thank Mersonfanclub
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Reviewed 29 November 2013

Being locals we thought we ought to frequent this visitor attraction to check it out.
The garden is lovely. Very small but lovely. Maybe seen better days but lots of nooks and crannies, hiding different planting schemes. Pretty walled garden too. Could probably do the visit inside an hour, unless you stop to muse awhile.
Restaurant/shop was a surprise. Large and well appointed. An extensive range of food and it all looked delicious. Worth visiting for the catering, maybe less so the garden.

2  Thank OutnAbout007
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Reviewed 5 October 2013

The rating is for the café only, the main reason to visit. Shabby garden and lack lustre dimly lit poorly stocked garden shop not worth bothering with.
Café décor somewhat eccentric yet charming & cosy, with a hint of the East. Thankfully not spacious or posh enough to accommodate the local Yummy Mummies & their 4x4 buggies of screeching babies who clutter large garden centres. .
Staff could not do enough to assist my party of partially sighted and blind. The onset of heavy rain brought forth a selection of umbrellas to ensure their dry return to the cars.
Huge selection of freshly prepared food and as for the cakes!!!!
It will be added to my list of off the beaten track, QUIET coffee/tea stops.

2  Thank SunbeamSussex
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Reviewed 17 September 2013

A once magnificent garden that has sadly gone downhill and now just seems run down. However, the restaurant is excellent and is worth a visit but only if you happen to be in the area.

2  Thank Chris B
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

We were attracted to visit Denman's by John Brookes' reputation as a garden designer, but his own garden does him no favours
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Judging by the photos & garden design plan in the leaflet, the garden when first laid out by Brookes had crisp outlines and beautiful planting. Now, however, it's sadly in need of maintenance - plants & weeds are seeding everywhere, and some areas are quite overgrown.

We quickly explored the garden but thought we'd make the most of our entry-fees by sitting & reading on one of the less scruffy benches. We knew that the garden was open till 4pm, but when we enquired whether this was the time the last ticket would be sold, we were told by the gardener (in no uncertain terms) that everybody had to be out by 4pm. In fact his assistant came through the garden at 3.45, telling the few visitors to leave! No doubt the gardeners wanted to be on the road home by 4pm.

So we made our way to the empty car park via the plant centre, where the over-priced offerings looked in need of a good watering, and, like the garden itself, some TLC.

Thank BobblenoseWarwicks
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