Lots of food to choose from.
Quality of food is mediocre (pizzas excluded).
Decor and seating.
CAFE REVIEW FOR BICESTER AVENUE GARDEN CENTRE
There are two cafes at the Bicester Avenue Garden Centre, the first
is a coffee shop called the Cafe Jardino. This sells coffees, teas
and cakes. The restaurant, the Four Seasons, is much
larger and sells a full range of meals and snacks as well. This
review is about the restaurant.
Toasted sandwiches are £3.95, baguettes from £3 to £4, jacket
potatoes are £4 to £6 depending on the filling, pizzas £7 to £8,
main meal specials of the day from £7 to £8. Coffee is £1.70 and tea
costs £1.60. These prices are
reasonable compared to other large garden centre cafes.
RANGE OF FOOD
As you can see from the price samples above the range of food at the
Bicester Avenue garden Centre was comprehensive. It also included
salads, cakes and lots of snack type foods.
QUALITY OF FOOD
We tasted a range of food and our overall opinion was that it was
just about average, neither good nor particularly bad (pizzas were
the exception). The baguettes and toasted sandwiches were reasonable
for the prices. The main meal we sampled was chilli con carne served
with rice. The presentation was non-existent. The rice, even at
12.15 was overcooked and suffering a bit. The chilli con carne
lacked taste (other than chili) and the beans were beginning to
suffer also from being kept hot for a long time.
The jacket potato had a bacon and mushroom filling which was not
particularly appetising, it tasted as if the filling had been boiled
rather than grilled. The potato itself was fine. Coffee and tea were
We were impressed with the pizzas, these were freshly cooked in a
pizza oven which is on display (see right hand pictures). They
tasted very good and we can recommend them.
There was only a small queue when we visited at lunch time. Main
meals are on display so they are served to you at the counter. Some
of the snack meals, such as toasted sandwiches, are cooked and then
served to your table.
DECOR AND SEATING
This is a large cafe / restaurant which has been purpose built and
is mainly separated from the main garden centre. The decor is
modern, very minimalist in decoration. The tables and chairs are
principally plastic although the central area does have some solid
There is an outdoor seating area which was closed when we visited
because of the weather. It looks OK although the view is of the car
Children and their mums and dads are well looked after at this cafe.
They have a separate play area with lots of slides tubes and
climbing frames all enclosed with safety netting. Parents can have a
coffee or tea in the room watching their kids at the same time.
Unfortunately entrance to the play area costs £3.50 but it's
probably worth it for half an hours rest time!
Article written by David Marks.
We hope you have enjoyed and benefited from this independent review of
the Cafe at Bicester Avenue Garden Centre. Remember that it is our opinion and may be the result of one visit
only. If you are the owner of the Bicester Avenue Garden Centre and want to discuss this review with us
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