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“unwelcoming tearoom”

The Beth Chatto Gardens
Ranked #4 of 69 things to do in Colchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Open 7 days a week 7.5 Acres of inspirational Gardens. Entrance fee from £4.50 depending on season (under 16's free except on special event days). Gravel Garden, extensive Nursery and Tearoom all free to gain access. The Beth Chatto Gardens began in 1960. From an overgrown wasteland with poor gravel soil and boggy hollows, using the principles of ecological planting, it has been transformed into 7 acres of informal garden comprising of the Gravel Garden, Water Garden, Reservoir Garden, Woodland Garden and Scree Garden all harmonising with the surrounding countryside. The gardens are an inspiration to anyone who visits them - the art of planting at its best. There is also an extensive Nursery with choice of over 2,000 different kinds of mainly herbaceous plants and bulbs. Light and spacious Tearoom with homemade cakes, light lunches, breakfasts, fresh ground coffee and selection of teas. Closed Christmas and New Year
Reviewed February 20, 2013

myself and a friend visited The Gardens at
Elmstead Market on the weekend. We were amazed at how the gardens had changed since
the last time we came (around 10 years ago). We visited the Water and Shade gardens an enjoyed the gardens alot.
Then to end our trip a visit to the Tea Room was in order, being rather peckish.
this was then a different story altogether.

The member of staff who served us was very unpleasant (not very cheerful) and rather rude to say the least. But what was most upsetting was that she was coughing whilst serving us. This person should not have been serving food to members of the public whatsoever. The prices were ok but;;

In short,

Their Member of staff was the most unwelcoming and a more supercilious, unfriendly woman I have yet to meet.

they were slightly more pleasant in the shop area. Needless to say I was disappointed overall, perhaps I was expecting too much.

16  Thank jeff s
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

This gardens are extremely beautiful with a great variety of plants. Its kept in immaculate conditions and is a perfect oasis for plants lovers and photographers. There is also a cafeteria that serves good enough food.

I went went with my husband for a sunday lunch and then we enjoyed a walk around the gardens. The down side is that to enter the gardens you have to pay (even though if you have eaten in their cafeteria) and If you don't understand much about plants or are not super fascinated with them, the walk ends up being quite short

Thank Sol M
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

Visited in winter and summer. The beauty is there regardless of season. Nice to revisit to see how plantings develop and react to ebb and flows of nature.

Thank Susan&Walter
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

Beautiful, so peaceful. Entry price is really good value. We go all the time and there's always something new to spot. And you can even buy the same plants in the nursery. Only missing a point because they serve terrible coffee in the cafe!

1  Thank Sarah M
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

everything there is also a nursery there where you can buy plants and also a place to eat or just have a cup of tea

Thank Stella C
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