Goscote Nurseries, Syston Road, Leicestershire LE7 4UZ
Tel: 01509 812 121 (this is the number for the nurseries)
Website: http://www.dominicatdavidnorth.co.uk (website for the deli and patisserie)
Opening times: Monday – Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 10am-5pm
Access: Flat to enter and within; also around the gardens. Toilets on site. Parking on site.
I have always been a bit dubious about tea rooms in garden centres because I have found some not to meet my criteria but, recently, I have been proved wrong and The Tea Garden at Goscote Nurseries is one that I am glad to have been proved wrong about. Here is a cute tea room in a garden-house like structure attached to the nursery shop. There are 6 tables inside but the delight is that, around the nursery’s beautifully laid out gardens, amongst trees and a water feature, are garden tables and chairs. This provides a really lovely setting for tea.
The Tea Garden is run by “Dominic at David North Deli and Patisseries”, which is a local deli. This has an excellent reputation for good quality food, which therefore guarantees the quality of food and drink in the Tea Garden. Service is to the table and the menu is a combination of breakfasts, sandwiches and salads and a specials menu, including soup of the day. I ordered a Pea and Mint Soup; home-made and full of flavour. The cakes on display also looked very tempting.
Excitingly, for me, there is loose leaf tea here and the Earl Grey I tried was clear and refreshing. The walls house an exhibition of paintings from a local artist. I loved this tea room and noticed a lot of people seemed to be combining some garden shopping with a good value and tasty lunch – perfect. Don’t miss out on this great place; The Tea Garden has ensured I don’t overlook garden centre tea rooms! Do pay a visit if you are in the area, or passing by.
Images courtesy and © Dominic at David North Deli and Patisserie