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ADDRESS:
Badshot Lea Road,
Farnham,
Surrey
GU9 9JX
 
OWNER:
Squires Garden Centres
 
TELEPHONE NUMBER:
01252 333666
 
WEBSITE:
The Badshot Lea website can
be found here

 
GOOGLE MAP: Click here for a Google map showing the location of Badshot Lea Garden Centre in Farnham, Surrey.

MULTIMAP: Click here for a Multimap showing the location.

Squires bought Badshot Lea Garden Centre from the Caffyn Parsons family in 2006. The garden centre is probably best known for its huge aquatics centre which was opened by Charlie Dimmock in 1999. Amusingly Charlie was dressed up in a mermaid outfit for the occasion and when turning round her tail knocked the then managing director, Rory Caffyn Parsons, into the very, very cold water of one large fish tank!

The Plants at Badshot Lea Garden Centre

Badshot Lea is one of the top 50 garden centres in the UK as far as turnover goes and it's clearly one of the larger garden centres. The plants area consists of a covered section and one open to the elements. All the paths are paved, very wide and free from clutter. The overall appearance is pleasant with small plant bays, pergolas and centre pieces to provide interest.

Signs around the plant sales are are good and very clear, and they have a large outside plant information centre.

There are lots of healthy plants for sale with all the common varieties available including some more unusual plants. They have a good choice of established plants and a particularly good choice of medium sized acer trees (Japanese maples). The plants are in good condition with many being grown at Squires plant nurseries and hardy shrubs have a three year guarantee.

Aquatics and Pets

The aquatics section is rightly famous. One of the largest we have seen, it stocks a very large range of fish of all types including lots of very large Koi. All the pond equipment is there including bases, liners, pond plants pumps, fish feeds and lots more. It is also very attractively presented. The also have a good choice of water plants and a surprisingly comprehensive angling section.

The pet section is also one of the largest in the area. They stock small animals, reptiles, feeds, hutches, accessories - everything a pet owner would ever want.

Interior Sales at Badshot Lea Garden Centre

There is a very large interior sales area which stocks all the normal goods found at many modern and large garden centres including a food hall and kitchenware department. They have specialised in garden and conservatory furniture with a large and well displayed choice. The houseplant section is also larger than normal with lots of healthy and reasonably priced plants.

The layout and general appearance of the sales area is pleasant and modern making for a good couple of hours shopping or browsing.

Prices

Prices at Badshot Lea Garden Centre are something of a surprise to us. We investigated existing reviews before we visited them and many mention high prices, however our observations are that prices are about average for a large garden centre in this area.

For example, Miracle Gro 500g was £3.49, 1 litre of Tomorite £3.99 which are good prices. However, the cheapest clematis we could find was £13.99 (pricey), but the cheapest rose was a reasonable £8.99. Typical shrubs start around £9.99,  75 litres of Squires own multi-purpose is £5.99 or three for £13.

They currently have no club / reward membership scheme at this garden centre.

Other garden centre in the Farnham area include Seale Nurseries (rose specialists) and Forest Lodge Garden Centre.

The Cafe at Badshot Lea Garden Centre

The cafe is large with several distinct areas to it. The main seating area is inside plus they have a very light and airy conservatory section and a special area set aside for kids. The furniture is solid wood and the general decor is clean and modern. It does have a distinct style to it which is hard to identify and we liked it.

The cafe does suffer slightly from its own success because at peak times it can get very busy although seats appear to always be available. Queuing times for food varies, at busy times the queue can be 10 minutes plus but at less busy times there are no queues at all.

Prices are very competitive. The picture on the left is of a six item breakfast (your choice of items) which costs a mere £3.45 which is excellent value. You could go for the nine item breakfast at a reasonable £4.99 but you would need a large appetite for that meal!
Examples of other prices are jacket potatoes at £6, baguettes and paninis are £5, excellent salads are around £7.25.

Food is mainly served to you at the counter and the majority is on display. The quality of the food is good, we enjoyed our meal samples. The cafe was awarded a five star food hygiene rating by Waverley Borough Council in June 2013. Click here for the full report.

Five star food hygiene rating

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STAR RATINGS BADSHOT LEA GARDEN CENTRE

We rate different aspects of each garden centre and then give an overall rating. We adjust the ratings for garden centre size and purpose. So for example a small nursery which is average compared to other small nurseries will be awarded two and half stars. A large garden centre which is average compared to other large garden centres will also be awarded two and a half stars.

Note that the price rating below is based on a limited range of sample prices.

BADSHOT LEA GARDEN CENTRE RATINGS

FACILITY BEING RATED  RATING
Plant quality 4.5 star rating for plant quality
Outside area layout 4.5 star rating for the plants area
Interior sales
Cafe food quality 3.5 star rating for cafe food
Cafe decor and atmosphere 4 star rating for cafe decor
Prices 3 star rating for prices
Overall rating 4 star rating for cafe decor

WEATHER FORECAST: Click here for the the weather forecast in the Farnham area.

Other garden centres nearby include Forest Lodge Garden Centre in Farnham.

OPENING HOURS: BADSHOT LEA GARDEN CENTRE

  Open Close
Monday 9.00am 6.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am 6.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am 6.00pm
Thursday 9.00am 7.00pm
Friday 9.00am 6.00pm (7.00pm Apr - Jun)
Saturday 9.00am 6.00pm
Sunday 10.30am 4.30pm

EASTER OPENING TIMES

Good Friday - 9.00am to 7.00pm
Easter Saturday - 9.00am to 6.00pm
Easter Sunday - CLOSED
Easter Monday - 9.00am to 6.00pm

CHRISTMAS OPENING TIMES

Christmas Eve - 9.00am to 4.00
Christmas Day - CLOSED
Boxing Day - CLOSED
New Year's Eve - 9.00am to 4.30
New Year's Day - 9.00am to 6.00
 

BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY OPENING TIMES

Includes May and August Bank Holiday:
Open 9.00am, closes 6.00pm


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AVERAGE USER RATING 4 star user rating 1 REVIEWS LEFT SO FAR

4 star user rating 06 October 2014 Comment From: Gillian Symons
Very helpful staff.

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