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Now Telegraph lists 'top 25 garden centres for food'

Published: 29 January 2014
Hot on the heels of its list of the UK's 'top 20 DIY stores', the Telegraph has once again stuck its neck out and named the 'top 25 garden centres for food'.
Now Telegraph lists 'top 25 garden centres for food'
The first article, published a few weeks ago and reported on by diyweek.net, generated several dismissive comments from our readers, unhappy with the choice of businesses. Now, the Telegraph has named 25 garden centres and nurseries that "combine the pleasures of plants and delicious dining", which have been tried either by author Jean Vernon or her friends.

However, this list does not purport to be as definitive as the DIY top 20; readers are invited to nominate any garden centre café or restaurant omissions.

The Telegraph's top 25 restaurant choices are:
· The Olive Tree Restaurant, Busy Bee Garden Centre, Ryde, Isle of Wight
· Ventnor Botanic Garden, Ventnor, Isle of Wight
· Lowden Garden Centre, Shaw, Wiltshire
· Arthurs at Coolings, Knockholt, Kent
· Woodcote Green Garden Centre, Wallington, Surrey
· Box Tree Café, Cleeve Nursery, Cleeve, Bristol
· Riverside Garden Centre Café, Southville, Bristol
· Belle & Joe's Kitchen, Timmermans Garden Centre, Woodborough, Nottinghamshire
· Jessie's Kitchen, Turriff's Garden Centre, Broughty Ferry, Dundee
· Glendoick Garden Centre, Perth
· Café Azure, Azure Garden Centre, Cramlington, Northumberland
· Creative Gardens, Donaghadee, Co Down
· The Garden Restaurant, Raemoir Garden Centre, Banchory, Aberdeenshire
· Sally's Tea Rooms, The Secret Garden, Pontypool, Wales
· Burford Garden Company Café, Burford, Oxfordshire
· Fresh Approach Restaurant, Bents, nr Warrington, Cheshire
· Belton Garden Centre, Grantham, Lincolnshire
· The Quince Tree Café, Clifton Nurseries, London W9
· Waltham Place, White Waltham, Berkshire
· The Organic Gardens, Yeo Valley, Blagdon, Somerset
· The Treehouse, Alnwick Garden, Northumberland
· Easton Walled Garden, Grantham, Lincolnshire
· Worton Organic Farm Shop, Cassington, Oxfordshire
· Dorney Court, Kitchen Garden, Dorney, Berkshire
· Ashwood Nurseries, Kingswinford, West Midlands

The article points out that a good food offering can be a big part of a garden centre's business, with the Horticultural Trades Association stating that, on average, cafés and restaurants contribute 17% of a garden centre's turnover, though the figure can be as high as 50%.

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