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SUMMARY

FOR
Outstanding quality of home grown plants
Well designed plants area.
Good cafe food.
huge display of garden and conservatory furniture

AVERAGE
Cafe decor

AGAINST
None

Otter Nurseries started out in 1963 when the owners started a small nursery on the current site. Demand far outstripped their ability to grow plants on the small site so they expanded it more and more over the years. Now, they have the large nursery  / garden centre at Ottery St Mary and four other sites at Plymouth, Torquay, Wincanton and Lymington.

OUR OPINION OF OTTER NURSERIES

THE PLANTS AT OTTER NURSERIES, OTTERY ST MARY
The plants area is very large, well paved and has wide paths. The design is excellent with small plant bays and displays breaking up the monotony.

The range of plants is enormous, bedding plants in season, hanging baskets, shrubs, roses, herbaceous plants, alpines, ornamental and fruit trees - in truth, you'll find almost every plant you want at Otter Nurseries.

Alongside the sales area they have a huge expanse of land to grow their own plants. They also grow more plants at their other sites. So, these majority of the plants for sale haven't been transported in from some far flung destination in Europe, they've been grown right here in Devon. All hardy plants carry a two year guarantee reflecting the confidence that Otter nurseries have in their plants.

Alongside plants the outside area has separate sales areas for patios, timber and fencing, a good display of greenhouses and sheds, pots and garden statues. Lots of water features are also well displayed.

THE INTERIOR SALES
It's massive, that's the only way to describe it! Not only is every imaginable gardening accessory for sale but the also stock clothes, cards, gifts, gifts, books, music - the list is endless.

If garden furniture interests you they have over 150 displays, the largest selection we have seen for a long time. The aquatics department also deserves special mention, it stocks fish of all kind plus tanks and other accessories. If you are starting out with a pond then you'll find all the liners and materials to construct it at Otter Nurseries.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS
Lots of thought has gone into making wheelchair access easy, no harsh slopes, wide paths and solid surfaces make almost all areas accessible to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are available at the front door.

CAFE AT OTTER NURSERIES
The cafe is large with plenty of seating. The design though is rather lacking in inspiration, rather like a works canteen.

You order your food at the counter and any hot food will be served to your table. Queuing is minimal so it seems to work well. The food is of good quality and it really does seem to be homemade. Portion sizes are excellent.

The serve a choice of four main meal specials which change frequently. They also have a range of lighter meals such as sandwiches, baguettes, salads and baked potatoes. Coffee, tea and lots of delicious homemade cakes are also available. Prices are about average for a garden centre restaurant but the quality of the food is definitely above average.

PRICES AT OTTER NURSERIES

We haven't had a chance yet to sample the prices but we will update you with more details in a month or so.


STAR RATINGS OTTER NURSERIES, OTTERY ST MARY

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 ratings below is based on a limited range of sample prices.

FACILITY BEING RATED  RATING
Plant quality 5 star rating
Outside area layout 4 star rating
Interior sales 4 star rating
Cafe food quality 4 star rating
Cafe decor and atmosphere 3 star rating
Prices  Not available yet
Overall rating 4 star rating

OTHER STUFF
Car park - More than adequate.

Pet Centre - Not seen

Aquatics - Yes, an excellent aquatics section

Water Features - Yes, lots of them and well displayed

Sheds and Greenhouses - Yes a good choice

House Plants - Excellent

Wheelchair Access - Excellent

Toilets - Yes

CONTACT DETAILS AND DIRECTIONS
Otter Nurseries
Gosford Road,
Ottery St Mary,
Devon EX11 1LZ

Telephone
01404 815815

Website
Official website can be found here.

Email Address
Click here

OPENING HOURS: OTTER NURSERIES, OTTERY ST MARY
 

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Monday 9am 5.30pm
Tuesday 9am 5.30pm
Wednesday 9am 5.30pm
Thursday 9am 8.00pm (5.30 January & February)
Friday 9am 5.30pm
Saturday 9am 5.30pm
Sunday 10.30am 4.30pm

We take care to ensure the above information is correct but if you are travelling some distance you may wish to contact Otter Nurseries, Ottery St Mary to ensure the opening hours have not changed. Contact them on 01404 815815.

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