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Gates Garden Centre
Ranked #5 of 22 things to do in Oakham
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Set in a beautiful rural location, just 4 miles from the pretty market town of Oakham in Rutland, we have everything you need for the perfect day out. Built within an original 1818 Victorian walled garden, the nursery was founded by Fred and Ivy Gates when they created a market garden back in 1948. Still very much a family business today, we are proud to say that many of the traditional values the business was built upon are just as important to us today. Covering over 10,500 square metres of indoor and outdoor displays and offering a wide choice of goods, ranging from indoor and outdoor plants, garden care and hardware, gifts, home ware, garden furniture and BBQs, clothing and much more besides, why not pay us a visit and experience the charm of Gates Garden Centre for yourself?
Reviewed 4 April 2018

We visited with the intention of having some brunch too as well as look at all the things on offer. The shopping experience is not limited to horticulture and has a range of outlets within, stocking clothes, kitchenware and other goods.
The restaurant in part, enjoys a patio view overlooking a small pond and there are a few local residents in situ including sheep and a peacock! The expanding area was glorious to see. Our food was timely and delicious although I would say the menu said panini but it was a toasted baguette. However, it did not dissapoint as it had been splendidly prepared and presented well with a salad garnish and hand cooked crisps, so I did not complain as no real need to.
A leisurely browse round tempts one to buy for sure! And I purchased some bueatiful garden ornaments. It's a lovely place to visit and well worth the hour journey to get there from Lincoln. Wear comfortable footwear. Allow a few hours to enjoy the whole venue. There is ample parking and you can see that there is coach parking too.

Thank Wilsop K
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Wow what a large garden centre well worth a visit plenty to look at and buy. The restaurant was very large and very busy it took half hour to get s coffee and a sandwich but well worth the wait lovely friendly staff and great fresh food

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

We paid a visit to the restaurant for lunch the food was great however you have to go to the tills to order and pay where the server gives you drinks and bizarrely bread and butter then you had to wait for your meal. It was either drinking coffee before food or making two trips to the tills. Pity about the service the food was great, but not sure I would be rushing back.

Thank Derek B
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

Lovely Garden Centre, Fantastic assortment of plants and all garden requirements. Lots to see, helpful staff and just a great place for a visit

Thank Minimo M
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

The ordering service is ridiculous. The till servers have no sense of urgency about them so you can be waiting for half an hour or more if busy. Food is consistent and good value but not worth the wait.

Thank rutlandtraveller
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