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“Stale, Stale, Stale - will never go back”

Bridgend Garden Centre
Ranked #1 of 3 Restaurants in Freuchie
Cuisines: Cafe, British
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Fife
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198 reviews
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“Stale, Stale, Stale - will never go back”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013

It is very sad to write a bad review of a coffee shop that used to be so good. Over the years this has been a regular coffee shop for us to visit when looking round the garden centre. Its never been the most attractive of locations but the food was so nice it didn't matter. We have visited it most months throughout the summer from when it was a much smaller version of its current form. In the last couple of years however the quality and freshness of the home baking has sadly deteriorated and having once again been served a stale scone (blitzed to death in the microwave practically to the point of combustion) we have decided enough is enough and we will try somewhere else from now on.

  • Visited August 2013
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English first
Dundee, United Kingdom
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“al fresco cream tea”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2013

Catriona and I took an elderly friend on a trip to this place one warm sunny afternoon.
Beacuse of the weather we decided to eat and drink al fresco and it was a wise decision -- almost.
We ordered cream teas and were astonished at the ginormous size of the scones!!!!
They were excellent and almost too much for yours truly to manage.
The table service was polite and friendly and it was also efficient -- we didn't have to wait long to eat and drink.
The one downside of the outdoor eating facility is that smoking is permitted. One rather selfish and inconsiderate woman sitting at a table upwind of us lit a cigarette whilst we were still eating. Ugh!!!!
My plea to the management is ban smoking completely from your entire garden centre.
Tearlach

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Karl743
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Leven, United Kingdom
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“Tranquility cafe at Bridgend Garden Centre. VERY frequent customer”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2013

Why you might ask?
I live near Leven and have been going to the Tranquility cafe, at Freuchie garden centre for years.

The best cup of fresh ground coffee for miles around bar none.
The food is always fresh, very well prepared, a great selection and reasonably priced.
There's a comprehensive menu and a great selection of cakes and scone's etc. Watch out for those Meringues....You'll know what I'm talking about when you see them!

The service is always good and the staff very attentive.

Expect it to be busy at lunchtimes though,it's busy for a reason.

Highly recommended for a great lunch or just popping in for a good coffee.

Don't look in the cake display unit! You have been warned!.......diet's a gonner then!

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Thomas P
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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“Popular Place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

We went early for lunch, having been several times for coffee and knowing it is always a busy place, and all tables were full by the time we left. Lunch was excellent, as was the service. An extensive standard menu is complemented by daily specials. Prices were very reasonable and portion sizes extremely generous - my dining companion had to request a "doggy-bag" to take home the remainder of her portion, although we subsequently found that you can ask if your dish is available in a smaller helping. The decor is somewhat basic, but then it's part of an established garden centre, not a purpose-built restaurant.

  • Visited April 2013
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1 Thank ChrisMcK
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St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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“Very busy cafe,that tells you something!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013

Come here quite often ,the place is always busy as the food is really well cooked at very reasonable prices.Service is quick and friendly and the sweets are huge and always fresh.Food for 3 main courses and round of soft drinks just £21. Pity the restrooms are so small but clean and just adequate.

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Thank david f
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