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ADDRESS:
Bridgemere Garden Centre,
Bridgemere,
Nantwich,
Cheshire
CW5 7QB

OWNER:
Wyevale Garden Centres
 
TELEPHONE NUMBER:
0844 288 5173
 
WEBSITE:
Click here for the Bridgemere Garden Centre website.

Covered walkway at Bridgemere Garden Centre

 

NORMAL OPENING HOURS:
BRIDGEMERE GARDEN CENTRE

  Open Close
Monday 9.00am 6.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am 6.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am 6.00pm
Thursday 9.00am 6.00pm
Friday 9.00am 6.00pm
Saturday 9.00am 6.00pm
Sunday 9.00am 6.00pm

 
EASTER OPENING TIMES


Good Friday - 9.00am to 6.00pm
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 4.00pm
Christmas Day - CLOSED
Boxing Day - CLOSED
New Year's Eve - 9.00am to 4.00pm
New Year's Day - 9.00am to 6.00pm

BANK HOLIDAY OPENING TIMES

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

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GARDEN CENTRE REVIEW

Bridgemere Garden Centre was first established in 1960 as a smallish rose nursery owned by John and Elizabeth Ravenscroft. Over the years it has increased in size to become the largest garden centre in the UK and maybe even the world. It was bought by Wyevale (now Wyevale Garden Centres) in 2006. As well as a garden centre they are also a true nursery growing many of their own plants and supplying them to the horticultural trade.

Bridgemere Garden Centre have their own club card scheme (Wyevale Garden Centres scheme) with various benefits for their members. Details of the club and a comparison with the clubs of other garden centres can be found by clicking here. If you are thinking of visiting this garden centre to make a purchase it may well be worth taking a look at their discounts and rewards.

THE PLANTS


Bridgemere Garden Centre is a very pleasant place to wander round if plants are your choice. Many of the plants are arranged in rows but there are several diversionary displays to provide lots of interest.

Signs are also a problem in a garden centre of this size and no solution is going to be perfect. However, there are lots of signs, some to plant groups and some to individual plant types such as roses. All in all they've done a good job at directing shoppers to the plants they are interested in but you can expect to find it difficult to find some plants simply because of the vast size of this garden centre.

Paths are wide and the majority are solid with very few obstructions. The tender plants section, under cover, is normally positioned to the left of the garden centre plants area. There are also other covered paths which provide some protection from rain.

Covered walkway

The Garden Buildings Centre provide displays of garden buildings at several of the larger garden centres but they have really excelled themselves at Bridgemere Garden Centre and they also have an excellent choice of greenhouses. The range is large and they are well displayed.

Whatever time of year, the display gardens at Bridgemere Garden Centre is well worth a visit. There are twenty well maintained gardens each with a particular theme. All the plants are labelled so if one takes your fancy you can buy it at the garden centre. Pleasant just to wander round, great if you are you looking for ideas, tables and chairs are provided if you fancy a picnic.

The plants are the star of this garden centre. Nowhere in the UK will you find a better selection of healthy specimens. They are fully backed by a well advertised five year hardy plants guarantee.

Compared to most other garden centres, Bridgemere specialise in every plant group. However, the range of roses is spectacular, the range of larger plants is excellent and the choice of trees, both ornamental and fruit, top fruit is huge.

The plants looked to be in excellent condition, weed free, well watered and in the correct pot sizes. If you are interested in reducing your carbon footprint then you will be doing just that by buying your plants from Bridgemere garden centre - 65% of the plants they sell are grown on site, that's nearly a million plants each year.

Sample prices include roses starting £8.99, clematis the same, Bowyers 60 litre multi-purpose at £4.99 or three bags for £12, Yeoman economy spade / fork is £12.99 with the stainless steel version costing £22.99, 1 kg Miracle Gro 4.99

INTERIOR SALES

Nothing could be as impressive as the range of plants at Bridgemere Garden centre but the interior sales area does a good job at trying! Very large, it stocks everything a huge garden centre should and more. The range of concessionary shops is impressive, a large Hobbycraft, an Edinburgh Woollen Mill, a Cotton Traders clothes shop which is so large it even has changing rooms.

There is also a large aquatics store at Bridgemere call Ripples. This stocks a comprehensive choice of fish, accessories and feeds. Just off Ripples is an excellent display of water features. Aside from the items for sale above, Bridgemere supply a good choice of others including, cards, gifts, garden furniture, barbecues, books, kitchen ware, food hall and lots, lots more.

Houseplants

As far as decor is concerned in the interior sales area, it's basic garden centre style with an airy feeling because of the principally open plan layout. Paths are wide and clear in most places.

DISABLED ACCESS
Access for wheelchairs is very good all round the garden centre and we noticed several wheelchair users enjoying the open paths and level ground.

THE CAFE AT BRIDGEMERE GARDEN CENTRE


RANGE OF FOOD
There's lots to choose from at the Garden Restaurant at Bridgemere Garden Centre. There were four main meals on offer including a vegetarian option. There is another snack / coffee shop at Bridgemere but we did not sample their food.

QUALITY OF FOOD
Good quality ingredients presented in attractive manner are the hallmark of this cafe. We sampled a brie, bacon and cranberry toasted sandwich which was exceptionally tasty. Our main meal sampled was fish and chips which was well-cooked and tasted very good. For the prices, the quality of food is very high.

DECOR AND SEATING
The table and chairs are made from reasonably chunky wood, always a good start but the walls are plain white. The ceiling has the ever present exposed metal beams although they are painted white, higher and less oppressive compared to other garden centres. The main impression is of a plain but light and airy cafe.

View of the cafe

SERVICE
All the food is on display and you are served direct from the counter. the system is good and even at the busiest times there is little wait for your food.

Northern Polytunnels

THE PRICES
Main meals are priced from £7 to £8, small coffee is £1.70, tea £1.60, toasted sandwiches are £3.99, baguettes £4.90. They also have a children's menu at £4.95, baked potatoes are £4 to £6 depending on filling, soup and a roll is £4.25 and finally salads cost £7.50. Overall, given the good quality of the food, the prices are lower than the average.

CAFE OPENING HOURS
Breakfast is served from 9 to 11, lunch is served from 11.30 to 2.30

CONCLUSION
Good quality food at lower prices than the average. We recommend this cafe.

OTHER STUFF
Car park - It's massive, claimed to have over 100 spaces. Its on level ground and within easy reach of the garden centre.
Pet Centre - yes, a huge choice of feeds and accessories although no live pets
Aquatics - Ripples aquatics centre, selling live fish and a massive choice of feeds and accessories.
Water Features - an excellent display.
Sheds and Greenhouses - A huge selection of sheds, garden buildings and greenhouses all supplied by GBC.
Toilets - Modern, clean and fully functional.

CHRISTMAS AT BRIDGEMERE GARDEN CENTRE


CHRISTMAS TREES
One aspect of Christmas at Bridgemere Garden Centre which does not disappoint is the massive choice of trees. As far as the real ones go they have a massive choice of varieties in lots of sizes, you will definitely find one for your house, small or large. They have several different types from the traditional varieties which tend to suffer from needle drop to those which are less traditional but drop lees of their foliage, the choice is yours. The trees are in good condition though prices are slightly higher compared to other sources.

DECORATIONS AND GIFTS
Not the largest choice in the country but still very good. Tree decorations are there of all types and sizes including a very large display of lights. Again the prices are definitely not the cheapest around. The general displays, which the kids love, are slightly disappointing for a garden centre of this size.

The houseplants take on a distinct Christmas feel at this time of year with poinsettias in a number of colours and sizes. One word of advice, many of the seasonal plants will be dramatically reduced on Boxing Day and for the next few days, real bargains are there if you can wait until after Christmas.

FATHER CHRISTMAS FOR KIDS
There are three elements to Santa at Bridgemere, breakfasts, teas and a visit to Santa's grotto. A visit to Santa is available on Saturdays and Sundays only in November 2012. From 1st December  right through to the morning of December 24 visits can be made any day of the week. Its best to book online by clicking here. Tickets in 2012 are a rather expensive £7.95 for adults and £1.50 for adults. That includes a visit to Santa, a walk round the Winter Wonderland and a toy (kids only!).

Tickets to just the Winter Wonderland cost £1.50 per person, adult or child. Surprisingly they also offer group rates but they are no cheaper compared to the individual prices - for example a family of four ticket will cost £6, exactly four times the individual entrance price! That's pretty mean by any standards! Tickets for this can also be booked online here but they for sale at the entrance as well.

Breakfast with Father Christmas (no present for the kids) is £8.95 for adults and kids. The menu can be found here. Christmas teas are also available for the same price and the menu can be seen here.

CAFE FOOD AT CHRISTMAS
Starting around late November the cafe menu features festive meals including turkey roast meals. We have tried some of these Christmas meals in previous years and can thoroughly recommend them.

CHRISTMAS OPENING TIMES AT BRIDGEMERE
The garden centre is open every day in the run up to Christmas from November through to 24th December from 9.00 in the morning to 6.00 in the evening. They are closed on Christmas Day of course and reopen on Boxing Day.

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REVIEWS LEFT BY OUR READERS


4 star rating 23 May 2012 Comment From: Denis
I've just come back from a visit and was amazed at the huge selection of plants at this garden centre. I wasn't keen on the inside though, some areas look a bit like a jumble sale.

3 star rating 24 May 2012 Comment From: Mary
When privately owned this used to be a wonderful place to buy plants. Excellent quality and a massive choice of unusual varieties. It was bought by Wyevale a few years ago and now owned by "Wyevale Garden Centres".
I visited today. The place seems to have become a retail park which sells plants. The space allowed for plants which was vast, has shrunk and is now taken by plant pots, gazebos, garden sheds, ornaments and fancy paving stones etc etc.. The plants are no longer well labelled or described and the massive range of varieties of a plant, for example daylillies has gone.
The plants are no longer cared for as they used to be. Today I found dried up, discoloured and dead bedding plants. The automatic watering system seems to have been dismantled and in the section for herbaceous perennials the plants were showing very obvious signs of not having been watered properly. I was told by an assistant that the numbers of staff there to care for the plants had been reduced and that this was why the watering was suffering.
It is very sad to see that what was a superb place to buy plants, appears to me, to have lost its focus on providing good plants to making a fast buck out of a general retail business.

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