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Tasty lunch in pleasant surroundings

Just called in for lunch on a lovely sunny day. Very busy but service was speedy. Delicious food... read more

Reviewed yesterday
GrandmaL25
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Colchester, United Kingdom
A fantastic first visit

A fantastic place to visit! We only live 50 miles away but had never even heard of this delightful... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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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...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Elmstead Market Clacton Road, Colchester CO7 7DB, England
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Reviewed yesterday

Just called in for lunch on a lovely sunny day. Very busy but service was speedy. Delicious food which looked as tasty as it was. Heart shaped biscuits were an extra treat on St Valentine's day.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank GrandmaL25
Reviewed 4 days ago

A fantastic place to visit! We only live 50 miles away but had never even heard of this delightful garden. Our first, but definitely not our last was in mid February, Most of the plants had yet to emerge, but crocuses and snowdrops were everywhere....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Dave G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The veggie sausage rolls are wonderful!! The millionaire shortbready thing was so divine. Plants are beautiful!! The walk is lovely! A great wee day out from London!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Samuel C
bethchattomarketing, General Manager at The Beth Chatto Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

What a lovely review - thank you so much for giving us your feedback and we're delighted you enjoyed your visit. We hope we can tempt you away from London again soon.

Reviewed 1 week ago

A great place to visit.The different gardens are really beautiful anytime of the year. A pleasant day out.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Steve G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I met a friend for coffee and lunch. The food was gorgeous - home cooked with delicious fresh vegetables. This is well worth a visit even if you don't spend time round the gardens. Also make sure you visit the gift shop!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Sarah H
bethchattomarketing, Public Relations Manager at The Beth Chatto Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review - the team will be delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit. I hope we can welcome you back again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It’s a private garden that’s all but if that’s your interest fine but otherwise it’s a boring hour out after getting a coffeeMore

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank stexxxx
bethchattomarketing, Public Relations Manager at The Beth Chatto Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Ah it's a shame to hear you didn't enjoy your visit. Yes we're most assuredly for anyone who enjoys gardening, and plants and Beth's garden was once her private garden which she opened to the public some years ago. She was one of the most...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Just passing and decided to pop in, the gardens look lovely from a distance, didn't have the time to spend there, so didn't do the full gardens as had to pay and needed time to make the most of it. However, loved looking around the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Sue G
bethchattomarketing, Public Relations Manager at The Beth Chatto Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for popping in and also for taking the time to leave us a review. We'd love to welcome you back when you have more time to spend here.

Reviewed 16 January 2019

My family and I love visiting the Beth Chatto gardens throughout the year, I always feel so calm and happy wandering around, it is a very tranquil and scenic place to visit. We always go to the Pumpkin hunt in October and the Easter egg...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank EJCGray
Reviewed 15 January 2019

Beth Chatto's conception to develop a garden suited to the thin sois and drier weather experienced in the East of England was revolutionary. Although she is no longer alive the garden storms onwards with many visitors enjoying the work achieved & buying impeccably grown plants...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Sable C
bethchattomarketing, Public Relations Manager at The Beth Chatto Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

What a lovely review! Thank you so much for taking the time to write it and for your kind words. We hope to welcome you back soon.

Reviewed 12 January 2019

Christmas 🎅 Faye was one of our highlights, beautiful gardens, wonderful stalls very friendly staff, brought our grandchildren with us, enjoyed every moment, tucked in to a wonderful lunch, wishing you all a very happy new year xxxxx can't wait to visit you soon

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Veronica W
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Annette S
20 October 2018|
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Response from Debsul07 | Property representative |
Sorry for the delay trip advisor has only just alerted us to your question. We allow assistance dogs into the Gardens.
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hbridge2016
27 March 2018|
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Response from Debsul07 | Property representative |
No sorry not paved routes however much of the garden is available to a wheelchair or pushchair
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11 September 2017|
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