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Akamba Garden Centre

Tythe Barn Lane | Shirley, Solihull B90 1PH, England
0121 733 3111
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Ranked #1 of 16 Attractions in Solihull
Type: Gardens
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English first
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

When we first visited Akamba back in September 13, we were absolutely amazed by the place, hence we booked our wedding reception here for the 15th August 2014. From the moment we booked it, the service from our wedding planner Stephen was first-rate, he couldn't do enough for us and was always on hand to answer any questions and he... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Visited Akamba for a friends birthday on 6 September. Firstly couldn't understand why the bag search at the door, followed by a further interrogation "you haven't got alcohol, in that bag have you?". Is this now normal practice for a restaurant in England? On entering and sitting at our table, which we were not led to, there were too many... More

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

Sorry Akamba is not for you, all our furniture is hand made in Kenya by local artisans from recycled wood, we say quirky rather than rickety we do realise that some people may prefer McDonalds chairs or something similar. On the event nights the venue is treated more like a club, we have security who have to perform security checks,... More

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8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Brought 7 year old grandson for lunch. Lots of metal animals to wonder at. Food OK, £25 for wrap, chicken nuggets and a panini with two soft drinks and one beer, not particularly cheap but it was a lovely day and setting was great. Bird enclosure is new. Only ones in it which made it more fun as it is... More

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

Hello, thank you for your second review - really pleased you enjoyed our aviary, I hope you took your time and relaxed, that way the birds come up really close. Many thanks. More

UK
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18 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Late booking for evening event, not cheap, but thought it may be good music as Motown themed evening in May 2013. Have visited many venues for music/entertainment. It this was our first (and last!) visit. Quality of buffet food was poor, quality of live band poor, especially as advertised as 'Motown' but they played abba, rock and Jessie j, none... More

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

Hello, thank you for your review,I must say I am a little confused about your comments. When we advertise Motown - it usually means Mel Day, our Motown man is singing - he sings Motown all night. Also you commented on the buffet - these nights do not have buffet - we serve you at the table, unless it was... More

solihull
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I took my grandson 8 months and my daughter in law on sat, I thought he would love the trees and plants and birds, all his fave things. He did this is a lovely place to sroll around.but then I decided to treat us to lunch, bad move! It was busy, but there were tables, all be it up the... More

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

Hello.Thank you for taking time to write your review about your recent visit. I am really sorry that we let you down with our service on Saturday. It was the bank holiday weekend and was so so busy, this said their is no excuse for bad service. With regards to the salad, we only use fresh chicken breast with our... More

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I was given a preview today of the Bird House, which is officially opening tomorrow. (August 23rd). The new attraction is a walk-through aviary. The whole area is split into zones, giving a mini-Africa experience. It is a lovely addition to this wonderful garden centre and I can see it growing into a much larger aviary than it is setting... More

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

Hello, thank you for the great review, its very kind, The aviary and beach have been a great success this weekend - many visitors got to meet "Charlie" our Western grey plantain eater up close and personal - its great for the children to get to know the beautiful birds of Africa. Thank you for your visit and review. See... More

Stafford, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We attended a wedding here and wow what a experience.the whole ethnic theme was amazing,the food well I can't rate it high enough,it was so tasty hot and plentiful. We are returning again!!!!

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

Hello thank you for your really kind review - we also had a great time at the wedding, we hope to see you back at Akamba very soon. Asante Sana. More

Solihull
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Visited Akamba Garden Centre come Restaurant with my family on 16th august for lunch after hearing rave reviews from friends. I lived in solihull for 18 years and was not aware that the place existed. Great atmosphere, would be good to sit outside for an evening drink. The inside restaurant was superb, would be a great venue for a wedding... More

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

Hello, thank you very much for your review, it has helped us a great deal in identifying some of the problems with our website. We will be building a petting corner in the future, however in the photo gallery section of the website it looks like we already have one - I will make sure these pictures are removed, to... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

Looks lovely great atmosphere and unique setting would be wonderful on warm summer evening. Day we went was slow service and average food. Would return though got atmosphere

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

Hello thank you for your review. Really sorry to hear we let you down on the food and service, as most of the menu food is cooked fresh, on a busy day it can take a while. Really pleased to hear you enjoyed the surroundings and we look forward to offering you a superior service on your next visit. Asante... More

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

On a sunny day, with the music playing, and sitting amongst the bamboo and other plants while looking at giraffes, elephants, crocodiles, gorillas - sorry not living but very life like - you can really think you are a long way from Birmingham and in Paradise. The food is excellent but on a busy day you must be patient as... More

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

Hello, thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. We are very grateful. Asante Sana. More

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