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“For a rose lover just fantastic.”
Review of David Austin Roses

David Austin Roses
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Owner description: Alongside the Plant Centre are David Austin's beautiful 2 acre rose gardens. They are home to over 700 different varieties of roses, including the National Collection of English Roses which flower in fragrant flushes from late May until the first frosts. The rose gardens are open to the public 7 days a week, 9am to 5pm and entry is free. Advance booking is not required except for coach parties. Check our website for special events (Lunches, Talks, Garden Design Days) during the season.
York, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
“For a rose lover just fantastic.”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

Just fantastic. Went very early in the day (Sunday) only a few people there. Only lunch and tea this time of year (Autumn), but open all year for food. .did not here, no time.

Also flowers had gone over some beat time a month or tow earlier would be great.

Toilets and level parking and level grounds. Nothing for the grand children.

Open all year. www.davidaustinroses.com

Will go back.

O' a really nice gift shop.

Visited October 2012
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“Nice for a treat”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

I took my friend here for a birthday treat. Everything was nicely presented, but not quite as advertised. There were no open sandwiches, just dainty white bread squares, which were mostly nice, but the bread was dry, like it had been left out too long. We only had one smoked salmon square each, which seemed a bit mean. The rest were ham & egg, which were nice, & plentiful. The scones were lovely & the best part

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“Beautiful Roses, Shocking Afternoon Tea....”
Reviewed September 22, 2012

We were really looking forward to the described selection of tea with open sandwiches and fresh baked cakes and pasties that we had booked several weeks previously- we ended very disappointed. It started well, a lovely walk round the fabulous gardens- the smell of the roses-amazing. Cute gift shop- so a little retail therapy. Then is all sadly went wrong. The tea room building it self is pretty. Nicely set out table. We had a look at the menu on the table which looked appetizing, I think it had been written for some other more superior tea room and where the photographs where taken, not the tea we were served. We were only offered tea or coffee( not the selection it stated on the menu), the tea was not twinings or similar quality, the sandwich bread was dry, they had been left out uncovered. The scones were very poor- like a biscuit on the outside and inside well....I can only imagine what Mary Berry or Paul Hollywood would make of them. The cake selection was like a cheap supermarket value pack piped with cream, we even had a dry donut which had been cut in half- comedy value only. We did complain, the price was reduced - be even so it was still too much. We were encouraged to write in and complain- we will, so there seams to be a problem- that the staff are aware of. My advice in summary- terrible over priced rubbish- give the tea room a miss.

Visited September 2012
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Derby, United Kingdom
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“Appalling afternoon tea - lovely gardens”
Reviewed September 22, 2012

If you are only going to look around the gardens, then you will have an enjoyable time. There are a wide variety of beautiful roses and on a sunny day you can sit on one of the many benches and enjoy the view. There is also a gift shop which stocks a variety of nice items.

However, the afternoon tea is not to be recommended. Although the decor in the tea room is bright and attractive and the food is served on pretty roses china, the food is terrible. The leaflet on the table states that they use the freshest ingredients and local produce, with finely cut open sandwiches, an assortment of pastries or cakes and scones, and that you can choose from a number of tea varieties. The leaflet includes a number of photos of appealing looking sandwiches, cakes and scones.

Shortly after being seated, the waitress asked whether we wanted tea or coffee. It wasn't until later that we established that if you want any of the tea varieties you need to ask for them - there isn't a list and the waitress doesn't offer them, so presumably you have to guess what they are.

The tea was brought to the table, and wasn't particularly good quality. The food arrived about ten minutes after the tea. There were two of us eating and there were four extremely small and very dry egg sandwiches and four salmon and cream cheese sandwiches, which again were very small and very dry. The sandwiches weren't open and contained three slices of bread with very little filling.

The "cakes and pastries" consisted of two halves of a jam donut with cream piped on the top, two coconut ice squares topped with chocolate with cream piped on the top and two small chocolate sponge cakes with cream in the middle with a cherry flavour with cream piped on the top. Everything tasted as though it was shop bought and of very poor quality.

The scones appeared to be home made and feeling hungry, having not eaten much of the other items, we decided to try one with the accompanying butter, strawberry jam and clotted cream. The outside of the scone was so hard it was like a biscuit, whilst the inside was undercooked and therefore had the appearance of raw dough. Even with the jam and cream on, it was inedible.

When the waitress asked if everything was okay, we expressed how disappointed we were with the food and lack of choice of drinks and that we did not think the leaflet was an accurate description of what you actually got. She initially said that the only difference from the leaflet was that they had changed the sandwiches from open to layered. However, when we queried that coconut ice and donuts are not usually considered to be cakes and pastries, she acknowledged this and said she would speak to the person on the till. At £13.95 per person the afternoon tea represents terrible value for money. They did reduce the bill slightly, after we complained, but we left feeling extremely disappointed. We won't be visiting again.

If you are visiting the garden, don't waste your money in the cafe.

Visited September 2012
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“The only choice for fabulous roses.”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

David Austin, quite rightly, has a global reputation for the quality of his English roses, and we're lucky to have such a great specialist garden centre on our doorstep. Whenever I need (or just want) a new rose, I always go to David Austins and enjoy wandering around the beds making my choice. We've just received one from some friends of ours for our upcoming wedding, and we can't wait to see it bloom.
Afternoon tea is also an enjoyable experience - if you can get in! My fiance and I called in on spec recently but were told that for Sunday afternoon you had to book for tea. There was a new cafe elsewhere in the garden, but not the same at all.
Great for roses - book for tea on summer afternoons.

Visited August 2012
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