Reviews

Here are some of our latest reviews with references to their original source.

Really friendly and welcoming. Café has great food, and nice views. Well stocked with everything from arbours to animals!” Peter Weblin, Google Reviews.

A good garden centre with a great selection of everything you would expect at a garden centre. They also have reptiles and pet supplies as well as a restaurant that serves excellent quality food.” Carl Lilley, Google Reviews.

We love this business – they go the extra mile for you EVERY time , not just the first visit . Very well run with a caring culture – superb customer care – WELL DONE” Beverley Bates, Facebook.

Lovely atmosphere and lots to mooch about and look at.” Fiona Tomalin, Google Reviews.

I took my granddaughter for the ice skating and I cannot say how kind and nice the two young members of staff who were organising the hire and skating were they made our day.” Susan Hawkins, Google Reviews.

Took our girls to see Santa in his grotto today and it was a great experience. The grotto was magically decorated, Santa a lovely sweet man who was great to the children and parents and Santa’s helpers outside were very sweet girls who completed the experience. Great present as well for the money. Well done Whilton Locks.” Michaella Sutton, Facebook.

“So much better choice than the chain garden centres and the plants are so healthy and reasonably priced. Canal side restaurant is great, especially the home made sponge puddings!” Heather Hannant, Facebook.

“Really enjoyed our Afternoon Tea and so did our guests one of whom was celebrating her 88th birthday. There was a good choice of cakes and sandwiches.” Terence W, Groupon

A brilliant place staff are always pleasant and very helpful.” Raymond Bradshaw, Google

“Just been to the Valentine’s day cuddle day and afternoon tea. What a fantastic afternoon and a great range of animal interactions. My son who is 5 absolutely loved it and held every animal and his sister who’s almost 2 joined in with quite a lot too.  Also the tea beforehand was delicious. Definitely look into this for my sons 6th birthday in September.” Emily Wright, Facebook

“I’ve been before for shopping , today I came with my boys to meet santa in his grotto and I was really impressed ! The grotto is beautiful !!!!! I love the sleigh area making more photo opportunities and happy children . “Santa” didn’t rush us and made it very special ! I loved the snowman bouncy castle and the ice rink what a lovely way to spend a family day out on a normally stressful run up to Christmas !

We also went into the cafe there was a minor problem with the food and although we were ok with a replacement item they came over with Christmas cupcakes to say sorry for the problem although not expected this was lovely and great customer service and lovely home cooked /baked food !” Allanah Swain, Facebook

“Excellent service ! And a great range of Gluten free foods, which you don’t always find. One of the best Afternoon Teas I have had by far. Thank you”
Linda P, Groupon

“Great service…friendly staff”
Allison R, Groupon

“Fantastic range in the shop. I bring my daughter to all the princess themed Afternoon Teas because they are fantastic and the princess is always so good with the children gives them lots of time and attention, my daughter loves her :)”
Sally Ashford, Google

Special Celebration Tea for 70th Birthday
“From the moment we discussed this event we had fullest confidence in the team to provide our celebration tea.
Our menu and selection of food items was cleverly matched to ensure both savoury and sweet needs.
Our table planning layout in the Potting shed was ideal right in-front of the window.
The service by all staff was absolutely the best and all our guests were amazed by the highest quality and freshness of food and drinks.
We throughly recommend anybody wishing to organise a special event to just contact the Canal-side Restaurant for guaranteed success and enjoyment.”
650Alann, via TripAdvisor

Food Glorious Food and Gardening for Everyone . . . .
“Rarely do you find a garden centre with a cafe/restaurant with food on offer that’s as tasty as that at Whilton Locks Garden Village. The restaurant is wonderful with staff who wear wide smiles and who can’t be more courteous or more helpful. They are truly glorious people. The seating extends onto an exterior raised deck overlooking the Grand Junction Canal and the Northamptonshire countryside beyond which on a sunny day is perfect to sit there and take lunch in the fresh air; and the food is to die for. It really is. Given the choice of an alternative nearby restaurant and that of Whilton Locks Garden Village then my choice is always for Whilton Locks, Yesterday we had a piece of wholemeal quiche and salad with warm new potatoes and homemade coleslaw. My goodness what a spectacular plate of food it was. It would be impossible to improve. The garden centre is also a wonderful example of how to present and sell gardening products. There’s always something new and creative on display and as a lifetime gardener I always find something that catches my eye. Maybe not for that day but perhaps to shelve in memory for a future gardening project. All in all a really lovely location and a very worthy five star rating.”
Geoff662233, via TripAdvisor

“A garden centre that is slightly hidden away but always a pleasure to visit. Staff always helpful and friendly”. Nicole Sole, Google Reviews.

“Went ice skating here while visiting nearby relatives. Great fun and the staff were very friendly and helpful. Popped in a few times over the years. Decent pet department which kids love looking at the livestock. Well stocked nursery and decent cafe”. Ian Hall, Google Reviews.

We had lunch and purchased 2 budgies. They are a delight and have settled into their new home beautifully.” Anita Simmons, Google Reviews.

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