The Walled Garden at Mells

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The Walled Garden at Mells
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
A seasonal outdoor cafe and plant nursery set within a small and pretty walled garden in the village of Mells. Open from March to the end of October.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Jack P
Wimborne Minster, UK18 contributions
Hidden Gem in Mells
Sep 2021
This is something of a hidden gem, tucked in behind the many historic buildings and walls of Mells, with only a small handwritten sign on the main road. Stepping into the garden though is a delight. Though small, it is beautifully quaint, a lot of effort has clearly gone into making it what it is - an oasis of calm.

We really enjoyed our visit, the food was lovely, reasonably priced for this type of independent attraction. I had the chicken and mushroom sausage roll, which was lovely. It was a very hot day, and the shade was a bit limited, but we did enjoy strolling around the garden and managed to find a free table overlooking the terrace. Everyone was very friendly.

My only two minor complaints - and they are minor - the service was slow, perhaps another member of staff on the bar to speed things along, and also some of the tables seemed in poor condition - ours was wobbling dangerously. However, I am having to work hard to find bad things to say; we still thoroughly enjoyed our visit and we will be back.
Written September 5, 2021
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Pat B
16 contributions
An amazing, unexpected find.
Aug 2021
We stumbled on this place by accident having visited the church just up the road. What a fabulous find. Loads of tables scattered round a sunny, traditional cottage garden, where plants have mostly been left to "do their own thing" rather than being "managed" to within an inch of their lives!

Lovely cakes and coffee (nothing fancy, just lemon drizzle and coffee & walnut cakes for us, and the coffee was filter or nothing, but actually really good nevertheless). There are a few tables in a greenhouse with a splendid vine growing in it just in case the weather isn't great. We didn't try the pizza but judging by the queue building up at 12.00 it must have been good - it certainly looked it!

The plants for sale looked healthy and were a very good price too ... a proper "nursery", rather than a garden centre. I managed to resist their charms, but only just!

Even though it's half an hour's drive from home we will definitely be going there again
Written August 18, 2021
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suebee
1 contribution
Delightful Discovery!
Aug 2021 • Couples
A lovely garden oasis hidden away in Mells! Small but packed full of colourful plants amongst the paths...a great choice of seating areas to relax and enjoy the views with drinks and snacks. A fantastic selection of plants for sale too. Really enjoyed a sunny couple of hours here!
Written August 14, 2021
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Smoothguide
Clapham, London221 contributions
Well chuffed in Mells
Jun 2021
I understand one or two negative reviews regarding particular points ... but come on guys ... this is a rare and wonderful little establishment which deserves only positive comments. Lovely location in marvellous Mells ... nice plant offer ... really tasty pizza's delivered promptly ... and yes, there is a toilet in the graden, it's tucked away to the left behind the cafe ... and when you go there you'll find several nice tables overlooking the adjacent fields ... they are a bit hidden away so do have a look if the more obvious tables are all taken. Really worth a visit.
Written July 5, 2021
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James S
Bath, UK85 contributions
Relaxing and beautiful garden
Jul 2021
I visited on a lovely sunny day with my wife. Mells is a special place and the walled garden is a peaceful garden, with cafe and nursery. It's a small but beautiful garden, with lots of little places to explore.
Written July 4, 2021
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Michelle
Frome, UK12 contributions
Peaceful and beautiful gardens
May 2021 • Friends
This is quite a small garden but in the best tradition of gardening, the layout and imaginative planting make it seem much bigger. Paths wander in and out of beds stuffed with an abundance of different plants, trees, shrubs and sculpture. Seating areas are dotted around so you can take advantage of the cafe and it’s great food including homemade pizzas. There are plants and other gardening paraphernalia for sale. Entrance is free.
Written June 27, 2021
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KCJB K
London, UK106 contributions
Beautiful place miserable staff!
Jun 2021 • Friends
Gorgeous location, wonderful mainly reasonably priced plant selection & a feast for the eyes generally. Food was fab. Spoiled by young man on the entrance who greeted ( or should I say failed to greet) everyone at the gate with a scowl & glum attitude, checking very assiduously everyone had signed in & used hand sanitizer. The food & drink ordering area was securely roped off with lots of signs. Almost expected barbedwire & searchlights. Such a shame as the rest of it was lovely...
Written June 18, 2021
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ZiggyLondon
London120 contributions
Lovely and relaxed
Jun 2021 • Couples
We visited here with my parents after seeing it suggested in the Waitrose magazine. We were looking for somewhere to visit that didn’t mean too much walking and also had somewhere to sit for teas and coffees. This was perfect. There was plenty of seating available, and we enjoyed a short stroll around the garden and had a very pleasant lunch in the sunshine. I had pizza, and the rest of the party chose sausage rolls and Greek salad. There are plants for sale, and a small shop. It’s low key, but relaxed and friendly and we would happily visit again.
Written June 5, 2021
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TheBristolJohns
Bristol, UK326 contributions
Very very poor
Apr 2021 • Couples
Very irritating indeed to have driven for 1 hour with a booked appointment to arrive exactly on time to
be told they’d decided to close early and literally to have the gate closed in our faces.
If this is the general attitude to customers then I suggest that it is best avoided and encourage anyone reading this review to take their custom elsewhere. There are plenty of good nurseries and cafes in the county who value their visitors.
Written May 23, 2021
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John B
7 contributions
Disappointing
Sep 2020
The title is The Walled Garden, do not expect a garden that inspires you, it is unkempt and un cared for. all attention is on the cafe which does not accept cash but you can buy a plant with cash. Very disappointing.
Written September 10, 2020
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