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You wouldn't expect to find this café in such a busy spot, but once inside, you forget you're sitting right next to a busy road.
The Secret Garden Café is hidden away amongst the Cottage Garden Nursery, gift shop, collectables and florist. There really is something here for everybody. If you're lucky like I was, you might just be there when there's a sale on. I picked up some great necklaces at reduced prices, in readiness for some upcoming birthdays.
I love wondering around the collectables and have picked up a few nice pieces for my collection, including a lovely decanter. Quirky furniture, bright and beautiful cushions, great little gift ideas, cool clothing and a range of jewellery await your credit card. A great variety of plants, herb and veggie seedlings, pots, gardening tools and garden ornaments can be found in the nursery which adds a lovely "green" feel to the place.
Cool, flowing clothes are a real temptation, not to mention the jewellery and gifts!
The café is tastefully decorated and has a cool and elegant atmosphere with lots of greenery creating different areas. The staff here were very friendly and quick to take our order but we did have to wait a while for our order to arrive. This was a bit disappointing as we were there at a quieter time of day but I have to say it was worth the wait.
The choice of cakes was fabulous and making our choices took some serious contemplation. In the end I went for a fresh scone (which was served warm) with jam and cream whilst my friend ordered a lemon curd roll cake which she assured me tasted as good as it looked. I had been considering the white chocolate and Turkish delight cake (next time!) but was very happy with my light and fluffy scone.
The café is open for breakfast and lunch (see the website for further info). There is a small car park off Edgar Street, otherwise you'll need to park in the street. Allow plenty of time for your visit here as there's such a lot to see. I'd call and make a booking to avoid any disappointment if you're planning to visit for breakfast or lunch. Enjoy!