Idle Valley Nature Reserve
Idle Valley Nature Reserve
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Art140
Retford, UK36 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Been to this reserve many times as we live within 10 minutes of it. First time we had been in the cafe since before lockdown, it always was on the expensive side but now its just a rip off, we ordered two standard coffees, two scones with butter and jam and on bag of crisps. Not much change out of £13.00, people just can't afford these prices. Will not be going in the cafe again, will take our own food and drink.
Written June 22, 2022
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Donna B
Retford, UK28 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Considering it’s a nature reserve where people walk their dogs, dogs are not allowed inside the cafe although it’s full of mud all over the floor from people with muddy boots and screaming kids. Our dogs are better behaved. Explain the sense in that???
Also food very expensive and so over priced it’s a joke. One of the cafe staff very arrogant and really has put us off coming back.
Written February 9, 2020
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Karon B
Retford, UK49 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
I really like Idle valley but I was disappointed on this occasion.
We met our daughter and her family for a leisurely stroll and then coffee and cake. The que at the food counter never died down but this was due to one person trying to do everything while others were standing about talking in the kitchen.
We decided to order soup as it was a cold day. This took over 30 mins to be served; we had to go and remind them that we were waiting as they had forgotten. We didn’t bother going back for cake although it did look nice.
Hope this was a glitch, Will try again later in the year.
Very disappointed.
Written February 12, 2020
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Logan
Yorkshire, UK64 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Family
Lovely walk around the nature reserve with a good variety of birds, but obviously mainly the aquatic type (ducks etc). Depending on the time of year you go, I recommend some gnat repellent. Obviously with water being nearby there’s a fair few gnats.
Written August 16, 2020
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Art140
Retford, UK36 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We have been going to the reserve for years, the reserve itself I would give 5 stars, went in the cafe today my wife ordered 1 x Tea 1 x Coffee and 2 small cakes all at a grand total of £12.00, I know prices have gone up, but £12.00 to me is nothing but extortion. In future we will take our own food and drink, its either that or take out a bank loan. I would advise others to do the same.
Written June 9, 2023
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Martin A
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
My wife and I visit nearly every weekend enjoying the views of the lake and having a nice walk around the lake. It's a long enough walk for us at our age as I think the longer walks would be more challenging for us.
I would have given a 2 STAR rating, but because the scones are delicious I give it a 3 STAR.
The young girls can be very unprofessional, talking loudly, laughing, you can hear them sometimes talking bad about customers, and not to mention the swearing that comes out of their mouths. If they put in as much work effort as they do their chatting and laughing, they would get so much more done instead of leaving the work to the older woman who works there. Where's the manager and why are they letting these young girls get away with it. If nothing changes we'll stop visiting this lovely place.
The cafe is much more cleaner and tidier than it used to be and the food is average. All in all it is a nice place to visit and the coffee and scones are nice, but not a place to take young kids where all this swearing can be heard!
Written September 25, 2023
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mac20088
Dinnington, UK46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Family
Had a lovely walk around the lake following the yellow route, rubbings along the way which my kids enjoyed, just take paper and crayons for it. Kids took scooters around it and was fine for this. Ducks and swans to feed along the way. Benches around the route to rest as well. Play areas on the start of the walk with logs and dens were great and the play area near the car park was great for the kids, they loved playing in the treehouse, and were even spotting flowers on the boards that were there. A lovely cafe and shop there as well. Made a nice afternoon out for a few hours without spending hardly anything.
Written September 4, 2022
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Rebecca K
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Family
CAFE: Staff were dismissive when we asked about specials. They brought the wrong food over first, we ordered two cheese and ham toasties and a halloumi wrap, they brought a tuna and tomato sandwich and no wrap! After a 20 minute wait one of us received the toastie and after asking whether the food was coming then we received the rest. I searched and searched for the halloumi in my wrap and after five minutes i came across three 1 cm pieces of cheese surrounded by as much salad as they could fit in! There was no cutlery for us to access and you didn’t want to put the cutlery on the table before you ate as the table was greasy and not wiped. Hopefully this was just a bad day for them but won’t be returning.
Written September 28, 2022
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Hel
6 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Friends
We've enjoyed several visits to reserve and cafe but our experience last week was very disappointing especially as we were with friends who hadn't been before. The tables weren't clean so I mentioned this to a staff member and was abruptly told, we're short staffed, so we did it ourselves. The floor was FILTHY, obviously not from one day as we arrived soon after opening. Really hope this place gets it's act together again so visiting can be a relaxing experience watching the birds instead of dirty surroundings being a distraction.
Helen Keen.
Written March 29, 2022
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Alica W
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Idle valley is a beautiful nature reserve, it's the first time we've visited it (moved to retford in January) we visited with family it was lovely & so many different walks to go on. The only downside is you gave to watch out for dog poo, especially when you have children that don't always look where they are walking. Idle valley is beautiful but I just wish dog walkers would clean up after themselves
Written April 1, 2024
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