OTTER NURSERIES, OTTERY ST MARY
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
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.
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 NURSERIESWe haven't had a chance yet to sample the prices but we will update you with more details in a month or so.
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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
Official website can be found here.
|Thursday||9am||8.00pm (5.30 January & February)|
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.
We hope you have enjoyed and benefited from this independent review of Otter Nurseries. Remember that it is our opinion and may be the result of one visit only. If you are the owner of Otter Nurseries and want to discuss this review with us then please contact us by going to our "contact us" page which can be found here.