The proposal by owner Garden Centre Group was to replace the old, small restaurant built in 1969 as a coffee shop attached to the nurseries.
The £1.2m building project started in mid 2010 and took nine weeks, creating an attractive gastro-bistro environment with a state-of-the-art kitchen, a children's play area and seating for 250.
The restaurant now attracts a wide range of customers from families to business people, as well as hosting private meetings and functions. Early morning and afternoon trade has also increased.
Restaurant sales increased from £458,812 to £800,881 from June 2010 to June 2011. In the same period, Christmas food sales in the grotto, also relocated increased by £20,588 to £292,366.
Lowden Garden Centre
Simpsons Garden Centre
Award sponsor - The HTA
Have you registered with us yet?
Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletinsSign up now