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PLANTS AREA: A great selection of plants, pleasant to wander around, expensive.
See lower down this article for a more comprehensive review of the Burford Garden Centre plants area.
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INTERIOR SALES AREA: A very large sales area, interesting goods for sale but expensive.
See lower down this article for a more comprehensive review of the Burford Garden Centre interior sales area.
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CAFE: Great decor, good service, good value, variable food quality.
See lower down this article for a more comprehensive review of the Burford Garden Centre cafe.
DOG FRIENDLY? No, Burford Garden Centre is not dog friendly. Only assistance dogs are permitted anywhere at Burford Garden Centre. See the picture below at the entrance to their garden centre.
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FOOD TYPE: Garden centre type of food with everything from coffees, cakes, breakfasts to main meals.
FOOD QUALITY: Variable. The cakes were an example of the variability. We sampled the Tiramisu cake and it was delicious. We also sampled the Pistachio and Lemon Cake which lacked flavour and was too dry.
We did plan on having a sandwich but they were pre-made open sandwiches which looked rather sorry for themselves so we passed on those. They were still on display an hour after we first noticed them.
The Curry Roasted Sweet Potato looked and smelt good at £13.50.
DECOR: The cafe decor is very good. It had the feeling of a Parisian cafe with basic and solid wooden tables and lots of hanging lighting. Tables and chairs are cleared quickly after diners leave. A very pleasant place for anything from a coffee to a main meal.
The queue of customers is carefully and discreetly managed to ensure the dining area does not become crowded.
OUTDOOR SEATING: The outdoor seating area is clean, plain and functional.
SERVICE: The service is prompt and courteous. Waiting times are low and a credit to whoever is managing the cafe and the staff.
Having seen chaotic service resulting in long wait times at other up market garden centre cafes, this cafe stood out as exemplary.
The food is self-service and we could see no evidence of any meals being served to tables.
VALUE FOR MONEY: Prices at the Burford cafe are slightly higher compared to other garden centre cafes but this has to considered together with the excellent service and decor along with the average standard of the food.
SIZE OF PLANTS AREA: Large.
PLANT SELECTION: The choice of plants is extensive and they all looked to be in good condition. You are very likely to find the plants you are looking for at this garden centre. Roses are especially plentiful at the time we visited.
As well as plants, this area has an excellent display of garden buildings by Crane Garden Buildings.
LAYOUT: This is a very pleasant plants area to wander around. They have avoided a boring regimented look by angling the plant bays and several centre pieces.
The paths are wide and level with solid paving or tarmac. The signs for the different groups of plants were plentiful and they were sufficiently high and large to enable them to be seen from a distance.
There is cover for shopping in this area but the majority is open to the elements.
VIDEO: Our video of the plants area at Burford Garden Centre was taken some years ago but the spacious paths and pleasant layout is still apparent.
VALUE FOR MONEY: The prices for plants at Burford are significantly higher than average. For example the cheapest clematis we could find was £20, the cheapest potentilla was £15 and the cheapest rose was £20 (and the vast majority were priced higher). These prices are well above average for plants in good condition, probably the highest we have encountered this year.
SIZE: Very large
LAYOUT: The interior sales area at Burford Garden Centre is almost like a department store. Everything for the home and garden can be found here - house furniture, garden and conservatory furniture, gifts, cards, house plants etc. etc. It really is huge in size and choice.
This is a large area that allows easy access all round and you can easily spend a couple of hours wandering around. The food hall stocks a wide variety of deli goods.
VALUE FOR MONEY: We have considerable experience of wandering around up market garden centres and judging the prices charged. Yes, quality costs, but Burford offer poor value for money for their up market goods in their interior sales area.
Shops like Harrods can get away with it, because of the overall experience their shops provide, however this does not apply to this garden centre. But enjoy the experience even if you don't buy.
FACILITIES: For many years Burford Garden Centre have provided an art display area. Prices are high for a garden centre but placing a price on art is purely in the eye and mind of the beholder. Certainly, don't miss a wander round this art show. We found the outdoor display especially interesting.
Burford Garden Company
Oxfordshire OX18 4PA
01993 823 117
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