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ADDRESS:
Stratford Garden Centre,
Campden Road,
Clifford Chambers,
Stratford-upon-Avon,
Warwickshire
CV37 8LW
 
OWNER:
Privately owned
 
TELEPHONE NUMBER:
01789 205745
 
WEBSITE:
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EMAIL: Their email page can be found here.

WEATHER FORECAST: Click here for the weather forecast in the Stratford-upon-Avon area.

 Plants area at Stratford Garden Centre
Going from the main sales area outside, there is a covered area and beyond that the uncovered plants display. This is mainly paved although some paths are covered in a rather unattractive plastic sheeting. Access round the area is fine with wide, clear pathways. Little design thought has gone into the layout of the plants area, the paths are straight with nothing to break them up.

 Overhead signs for the different areas were clear and most plants were in alphabetic order.

 Entrance to Stratford Garden Centre
The plants looked healthy although they all appeared to have been bought in with no emphasis on where they were sourced from. When we looked in the plants area for signs of a hardy plant guarantee we could see none. However we did see a small sign in the cafe that indicated there was a lifetime guarantee. A pity that this was not publicised more clearly where it mattered.

Part of the outside area is given over to various garden landscaping materials including a wide choice of pots. There is also a kiddies play area to the left of the plants but this appears to have been abandoned a long time ago to weeds taller than many four year olds! It would look better to clear the swings away and mow the play area. At the far end of the garden centre we found a a shop for Stratford Fancy Dress and Party which is self explanatory. Quite why they should site themselves in a garden centre was something we couldn't work out!

Many garden centres do however have shops selling hot tubs and spas and Stratford Garden Centre is no different. Their stockist is Arctic Spas and we had a look at their website so that we could retrieve their website address. They look to be a top quality company and we would certainly suggest that any one thinking of installing a small swimming pool in their garden should give Arctic Spas a good look. They may well be a much cheaper and easier alternative.

Prices are average for plants although slightly above average for non-plant items. Roses start at £7.99, clematis are from £11.99 .... we would normally also include the price of a potentilla (typical shrub) at this point but we could find none for sale. This brings us onto a main concern about this garden centre. We visited in early July and lots of bays were empty, at odds with other garden centres we visited on the same day in the same area. It gives parts of the plants area a rather desolate look.

Inside the main sales area there is a reasonable range of garden goods, slightly smaller than you might expect however. Gifts, cards, books, garden furniture, homeware, Weber barbecues, a kiddies toy shop and other non-gardening items are all for sale. A large area is given over to the excellent Food Hall which also includes Hambleton Farm Butchers who stock excellent meats, cheeses and lots of deli items. For aquatics, there is a good sized branch of Maidenhead Aquatics which stock lots of fish and accessories.

As far as food goes there is a cafe and a restaurant at Stratford Garden Centre. We only sampled a couple of cakes and tea / coffee which, although slightly expensive, were fine. The layout and appearance of the cafe is really disappointing. It is set in the main garden centre only separated by a long row of plastic hedging. This plastic hedging also appears above the cafe area on the wall. For a garden centre to display plastic hedging (and this applies to several parts of the main sales area) as part of their decor is really not a good advert - even the flower on the table was plastic.

The cheap plastic table and chairs are arranged in two boring long rows alongside the main serving area. The restaurant decor was far better but we only had a short peek at it. Prices in the cafe are on the high side with main meals from £7.50 to £10, prices in the main restaurant are higher, with main meals around the £11 price. Both the Lime Tree restaurant / cafe and the Pownalls Food Hall were awarded a five star food hygiene rating by Stratford on Avon District Council in June 2012. Links to both reviews can be found here (Lime Tree restaurant) and here (Pownalls).

OPENING HOURS: STRATFORD GARDEN CENTRE

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Monday 9.00am 6.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am 6.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am 6.00pm
Thursday 9.00am 6.00pm (7pm April to December)
Friday 9.00am 6.00pm
Saturday 9.00am 6.00pm
Sunday 10.30am 4.30pm
Closed on Christmas Day and Easter Sunday

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