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OPENING HOURS: NORTHAMPTON GARDEN CENTRE
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 - 11.00am to 5.00pm
New Year's Eve - 9.00am to 4.00pm
New Year's Day - 11.00am to 5.00pm
BANK HOLIDAY OPENING TIMES
Includes May and August Bank Holiday:
Open 9.00am, closes 6.00pm
It began life in 1995 as one of the original Wyevale garden centres. Over the years it has expanded to include nine other businesses operating from the premises.
All of the plants area is fully paved and it's kept clean and free from clutter. The area is large and the signs are large and clear. The layout is not totally regimented but a few more nooks and crannies would improve the appearance and experience of the area.
As with almost all Wyevale Garden Centres premises, the plants look in excellent condition, hardy plants come with a very good life time guarantee.
The layout is very basic as well with little attempt to provide an interesting environment and atmosphere for customers. This does have one benefit however, it is a relatively simple matter to find the tills and exit from almost all points in the garden centre.
We counted nine independent retailers with dedicated shopping areas in the interior sales area, Edinburgh Woollen Mill being one of the larger ones. Maidenhead Aquatics have a reasonably large outlet supplying a huge variety of fish and goods for the fish fancier.
The range of food on offer is good with a choice of main meals, snack meals, cakes, teas and coffees. The food is cooked on the premises and the quality, in line with similar Wyevale Garden Centres cafes, is above average. Pricing is about average. What did strike us as a drop in standards is that main meals are served from the counter until just past 3.00pm. At that time of day the vegetables looked in a very, very poor state and the meals themselves were suffering from too long on the hot plate. Anyone taking a main meal much past 2.00pm is likely to receive inferior quality food.
Service is quick and pleasant with the vast majority of food being on display at the counter.
The general decor at Christmas time is acceptable but not as good as many other large garden centres. A couple of the displays will interest your children but overall they will not be inspired. They do put on a Father Christmas and grotto for the kids, check their website for details. They also offer kids meals at Christmas where Santa makes an appearance.
Car park - large, on a flat surface and near the main entrance
Pet Centre - yes, there is a dedicated Pet's Corner shop on site
Aquatics - yes a large choice at the in-store Maidenhead Aquatics
Water Features - in season they have a good selection
Sheds and Greenhouses - yes during spring and summer months
Toilets - clean and functional
Disabled Access - this is top quality all round with free wheelchairs available at the entrance.
We hope you have enjoyed and benefited from this independent review of Northampton Garden Centre. Remember that it is our opinion and may be the result of one visit only. If you are the owner of this garden centre and want to discuss this review with us then please contact us by going to our "contact us" page which can be found here.
Article by David Marks.
30 April 2014
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