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“Very nice place for a cream tea, but the garden I full of wasps!”
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Viv's Tea Garden
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

Arrived at viv's cream teas on a Thursday afternoon. As we walked down to the garden a very polite but shy young man approached us and welcomed us to the garden. He then told us to be careful because of wasps been attracted to the gardens because of the foods, so we sat in the cabin. The cream tea was delicious but the scone looked and tasted like it came from the shop (not saying it was); and it was a bit overpriced. After we took advantage of the unlimited tea, we headed into the garden. The garden itself was well looked after and had lots of interesting things to look at, but the amount of wasps there was unbelievable! I really feel sorry for the owners having to put up with this problem, but something should be done about the wasps before people get hurt.

Would return here again

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Thank 11JHorne
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

I really don't know why people are giving top ratings to this cafe. It is not quiet and away from it all - its right next to a busy road and you can see and hear the cars. I totally understand where people are coming from about the gentleman who works there. He does smell unwashed and speaks quickly and won't look you in the eye as if he's really nervous. The scones we had were very blah, we have had better ones where we live in Surrey, they just had no flavour. My son had the chocolate cake which he said tasted like chocolate bread, but not in a good way. My daughter had the fruit cake which was a big portion being two slices but that was pretty tasteless too. All in all we won't be returning.

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Reviewed August 6, 2013

Along with the Camel Trail, a trip to Padstow on the ferry and surfing in Polzeath, a visit to Viv's Tea Garden is a must during our annual Cornish holiday. This year we were lucky enough to be there during the July heatwave and it will go down as one of the high spots of the week. The fantastical garden appealed to our young granddaughter, especially the almost lifelike crocodile which is 'cooling off' in the pond! Viv told us how as a child she used to come to Polzeath all the way from Scotland where her dad was in the coal delivery business. There wasn't much call for coal in August so he would bring the family to Cornwall for the whole month. No wonder Viv fell in love with the place! We have admired all the good work she has done to make the most of the pretty woodland setting, especially for children. A cream tea in her garden is the perfect end to a sunny afternoon. Even if the weather is wet there is now a new covered ranch-style dining area. I loved the home-made jams too. Ask to try the rhubarb and ginger! You can buy some to take home. Overall verdict? Jamtastic!

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Thank Joncul
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

Went this evening, the service was great and the scones were delicious. Even though we were attacked by a couple of wasps. The staff couldn't have been more helpful.

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Thank nev19742000
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

This is a must stop place for any visit to Cornwall. Firstly Viv is adorable. Secondly the place is exquisite including a beautiful garden to sit in and great service. Thirdly is the fantastic cream teas, including a choice of a myriad of fruit teas each in its own coloured teapot and beautiful scones with home made assortment of jams and clotted cream. It is one of the most quintessential English things you can still do. Viv is charming and even let us in 40 mins after closing time and made us feel very welcome. The chickens running around and the lovely scenery made it really special

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Thank TheMuffinManLondon
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vivsteagarden, Owner at Viv's Tea Garden, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2013

Hi there... your review certainly made me smile....thank you sooo much (especially the adorable comment...i did blush a wee bit!! lol).... I try to accommodate all my guests, so i dont mind opening later. So pleased you enjoyed your visit to the garden & your cream tea.... Look forward to seeing you again another time:) Big Love Viv xx

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