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ADDRESS:
RHS Garden Rosemoor,
Great Torrington,
Devon
EX38 8PH
 
OWNER:
Royal Horticultural Society
 
TELEPHONE NUMBER:
01805 624067
 
WEBSITE:
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EMAIL: webmaster@rhs.org.uk

You know what you're getting at Rosemoor, wonderful plants set in a beautiful landscape with blots of interesting walks. At the same time though they have an on site plants nursery with a good range of quality plants for sale. They also have their own Garden Kitchen restaurant and the Wisteria Tea Room. This review covers the plants nursery and the two cafes.

First the plants sales area, we were slightly disappointed with the plants on offer for two reasons. The first was price, this "nursery" is definitely at aimed at those with plenty of money to spend. For example, the only roses for sale were David Austen varieties which start from £15.99 and go up in price from there. Many garden centres nowadays start their roses from £7.99, some slightly lower and some slightly higher.

The design of the area was also a disappointment, little thought had gone into making the area interesting or attractive. All the paths were solid and reasonably wide. Other prices include an average shrub such as a potentilla starting at a very high £10.99, clematis starting at £14.99. Finding plants was easy with clear and large signs and the plants arranged in alphabetical order.

 Very little else is for sale other than plants, a few expensive pots, troughs and compost. In summary therefore the plants for sale were inordinately expensive and of no better quality than your average garden centre. Give the plants area a definite miss is our advice and spend more time enjoying the lovely gardens.

The second disappointment was that the majority of the plants were not grown at Rosemoor, they were in fact bought in. Maybe our expectation of home-grown plants at a RHS nursery was misguided but chatting to several customers confirmed that all thought the majority of plants would be grown on site.

VIDEO OF THE PLANTS AREA AT ROSEMOOR GARDENS

The Garden Kitchen restaurant has two seating areas, the main one under cover and another one outside with large parasols to provide a moderate level of cover. The outside seating area is the best of the two with large wooden picnic bench type tables. The surroundings are pleasant with a half brick greenhouse and wisteria clad arches.

The interior seating consists of plastic tables and chairs in a pleasantly decorated restaurant, we liked the large and solid wooden ceiling beams.. There are very large windows to two sides which makes for a light and airy appearance all round. They serve a choice of main meals (£9 to £12), sandwiches (£4 to £5), baked potatoes (around £6) and other snack food including teas, coffees and cakes. The quality of the food we tasted was good and the prices reasonable.

The queues were short and the service prompt and pleasant. Main meals are by waiter /  waitress service to your table whereas snack type meals are generally available from the main counter.

The Wisteria Tearoom is a much smaller cafe with around six tables inside and four tables outside. It gets very crowded because it simply serves snack food, drinks and cream teas at around £8.

We won't go into great detail about the gardens because they are simply superb and only a visit can do them justice. We would mention however that almost all the plants are labelled which is very useful. Many of the gardens are themed and we particularly liked the fruit and vegetable gardens. Lots of ideas to inspire the amateur and experienced gardener.
OPENING HOURS: RHS ROSEMOOR IN DEVON
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Monday 10.00 6.00 (5.00 Oct - Mar)
Tuesday 10.00 6.00 (5.00 Oct - Mar)
Wednesday 10.00 6.00 (5.00 Oct - Mar)
Thursday 10.00 6.00 (5.00 Oct - Mar)
Friday 10.00 6.00 (5.00 Oct - Mar)
Saturday 10.00 6.00 (5.00 Oct - Mar)
Sunday 10.00 6.00 (5.00 Oct - Mar)

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