BEING a keen gardener I’m no stranger to garden centres. But these days the food many of them dish up is as big a draw as the plants for sale.
The chalky board menu at Parkhill always has a tasty list of choices but it was such a cold day my sister and I wanted something warming and opted for the good value soup and toastie-of-the-day combo (£6.75 each).
Our big bowls of steaming hot pea and ham soup arrived really quickly. The soup was thick, hearty and really tasty, packed with lovely salty pieces of ham.
The toastie-of-the-day was BBQ chicken and cheese. The chicken filling was sweet and slightly spicy, perfectly accompanied by just the right amount of tangy, gooey cheese. By the time we’d finished our soup and toastie, washed down with a pot of tea (£1.50 each), we were satisfyingly full up. So it was with a sinking feeling we watched the waitress pass our table with a tray of delicious looking strawberry tarts.
But dismay turned to delight when our waitress told us we could buy them to take away. Hooray!
We had the scrummy-looking tarts (£2.20 each) later that afternoon – melt-in-the-mouth pastry, piled high with cream and juicy plump strawberries smothered in sweet sticky jam – they were divine.