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About Thornbridge Hall Gardens
We are Open. Eccentric, eclectic gardens and so much more. Something for all the family - messy play for children and catching bath ducks for everyone. Yummy food from our own bakehouse - with THornbridge beer on tap!
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jerryskc wrote a review Oct 18
Kansas City, Missouri404 contributions210 helpful votes
I must confess to not being a great appreciator of horticultural excellence. I enjoy a nice garden of which this was a very good example, but I am no expert. However, this was a very nice way to spend a couple of hours on an autumn day. First of all, this wasn't the easiest place to find and out SatNav led us a merry dance to the back of the hall before we finally found the entrance. The signposting once you get there is also not the clearest, but you walk through the cafe to the garden center, to buy a ticket that affords you ingress to these fine gardens. They are very pretty with interesting designs. The house is not open to the public as far as I can tell, but the gardens themselves are well worth your time. The views are fine throughout, especially from the front lawns and the view up to the house from the carp pond. We were there with elderly relatives and the gardens are fairly accessible in the main, for someone with a walker. Probably less easy for wheelchair access. Despite the ravages of COVID, the gardens have been well kept and were very neat and seemed to be under development and maintenance all the time. We had lunch in the aforesaid cafe which is basic, but the fare on offer pretty good for a place such as this (I ate a very well executed pasty) and they even serve beer from the local brewery. All in all, not really my thing but very glad we visited, if is well worth your time and the nearby village of Ashford-in-the-water is a delight.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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jedlowe wrote a review Oct 11
Matlock, United Kingdom72 contributions22 helpful votes
This is an absolute gem for anyone with young children. We are regulars with our two year old grandson on the first occasion it was red hot and he enjoyed paddling/fishing for plastic ducks in the fountain. On the second occasion we ate at the cafe which was of a good standard. The place is slightly bohemian which gives it some charm … the gardens are interesting for kids with lots of hiding places, the owners are always trying to put on something I.e. Halloween - add imagination and you will not be disappointed.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Monty wrote a review Sep 2021
UK4 contributions3 helpful votes
I visited with my elderly parents after lockdown. We were astounded that there's now a new road through the estate with banks of soil piled up, a large tarmacked car park and cafe - built without planning permission in a national park. What were the owners thinking?! Signs in the cafe say proceeds go towards funding visits for underprivileged children. That's a laudable claim but at £7 for a "salad box" - a sourdough roll of brie and chutney, a few crisps and a tiny amount of spinach in a polystyrene tray with a lid - I won't be spending any more money there. My elderly parents were also embarrassed that their cash payment was refused. They wanted to treat me but don't carry cards so I paid. Thornbridge's millionaire owners want to secure its future but who goes ahead and develops the grounds of a listed property and builds without permission? Surely the money now spent fighting to get retrospective consent would've funded hundreds of visits for underprivileged children. Not well thought out at all.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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betsy w wrote a review Sep 2021
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Before our visit last Thursday, we had visited Thornbridge in September 2019 - the last day it was open that year. I had been wanting to revisit ever since. We were very disappointed, as the new cafe is awful and overlooks a childrens play area. On our visit in 2019, we sat outside the original cafe which overlooked the garden and it was very peaceful. Also, there were not enough staff serving so we had to wait quite a while for our tea - in cardboard cups! The cakes were very overpriced. The decking where the tables were, was very bouncy whenever anyone walked past. As for the toilets! I was very disappointed with the new Thornbridge Gardens. I had recommended it to many people after our 2019 visit but wont be recommending it any more and we certainly wont be visiting again.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Peter H wrote a review Sep 2021
Newcastle Upon Tyne41 contributions18 helpful votes
The original mature gardens and top vegetable beds are still pretty stunning, even in September, but in the two years since we last visited it has gone very commercial and the more recent additions the knot garden and Jaipur Garden have not matured well . The cafe is no longer part of the event suite with its great terrace over the gardens which was wonderful, this is now inaccessible and the cafe is now a large wooden building with decking overlooking a children’s play area the day we went - not sure if this is a permanent feature but enjoyed watching the children netting the ducks(plastic) in the fountain. It’s all pretty basic but Coffee at £3.15 in a paper cup, scones at £3.50 and sausage roll at £4.50 are a rip off and the decking is unpleasant to sit on as it bounces when people walk past you on it. Nursery is as good as ever, but winding down as season was ending when we visited. Visit but eat elsewhere?
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Date of experience: September 2021
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