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Akamba Garden Centre

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Address: Tythe Barn Lane | Shirley, Solihull B90 1PH, England
Phone Number: 0121 733 3111
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Where was Motown?

Went to 'Magical Motown' (billed as a 'party full of Motown, R&B and Soul'). We had a fabulous night and it was a great party. But...... where was the Motown music. There was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 20, 2015
Anne B
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Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
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Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Went to 'Magical Motown' (billed as a 'party full of Motown, R&B and Soul'). We had a fabulous night and it was a great party. But...... where was the Motown music. There was no Diana Ross & the Supremes, no Four Tops, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, no Marvin Gaye, Temptations, Martha and the Vandellas, Gladys Knight & the Pips etc.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

lovely setting hidden from the hustle and bustle of Birmingham/Solihull. Nice surroundings brining to life the african scene... service could be better... train your staff better to offer a more professional service - overall customer service skill was a little poor. Food... i only had a tuna melt wrap... was soggy and served on a very small plate! presentation is... More 

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midlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Went to Akamba on a recommendation. Fun and interesting place to visit with some interesting African art on show and for sale. We ate there for lunch and were a little disappointed. We arrived and the place wasn't that busy there were no staff to seat us. We ordered food and drinks and whilst the drinks took some time to... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Akamba started life at Acocks Green in Birmingham as a garden centre selling reasonably priced plants and some African artefacts. At Dickens Heath Solihull the sale of plants has been overshadowed by the steel zoo, aviary, sale of African arts and crafts and the restaurant. It is a good family attraction, however the standard of food in the restaurant can... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We were told about this hidden little gem (Garden Centre come restaurant) although we didn't eat there would recommend a visit.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Been there a few times, but won't return ever again. I used to enjoy going for a Swahili coffee and a piece of carrot cake - maybe the odd lunch. But my last visit, was definitely the last. Overpriced, small portions of food, backed with a sergeant major who follows you whilst browsing in the curio shop ... as if... More 

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kel c, Owner at Akamba Garden Centre, responded to this review

Hello, really sorry we have let you down. The portions are not normally small but I will look into it and ask the chefs about this. As for the sergeant major in the shop I know exactly who she is and she will be getting some intensive training ( boot camp so to speak) - otherwise she will be getting... More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Went here for our Xmas party place is great and the band was good. However the Jerk Chicken was terrible toughest chicken I have ever eaten and it wasn't Jerk more like BBQ sauce. Complain about it but all I got was an apology. 16 on our table and nearly everyone had the chicken an all tough. Oh and the... More 

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 via mobile

We went as a family party of 8 to a Club Classics night and had a great time. The drinks are reasonably priced, and the staff are really friendly and extremely helpful. We had a table right by the stage, but to be honest we didn't book until the day before. The band were excellent and Mikey the Fireman was... More 

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Solihull
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Wasn't to fond of the buffet food, didn't particularly like much and it wasn't filling. However the bar scene was good and the performance acts there are of good quality. Nice for an event or larger family party.

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This venue is something different sort of Africa in rural setting - not only is it a sort of African garden center but their functions have sort of Caribbean food - its not 5 star but a pleasant change.

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