Canterbury Garden centre outsources catering to Bucknalls

Bucknalls Restaurants have opened their first garden centre restaurant at Canterbury Garden Centre in Kent through First Franchise.

Bucknalls was founded in 2004 after being awarded the contract to operate the catering facility for The Building Research Establishment in Watford.  They have recently decided to expand by creating a retail division and have identified garden centres as their main route of development.

Bucknalls have re-fitted the restaurant in the style of a farm shop with a total of 90 covers (internal and external).  The restaurant will offer both self service and table service facilities.

There will be a seasonal menu every three months as well as daily specials, plus lunch clubs, family BBQ’s and bespoke special events.

Bucknalls MD Lesley Constantine said:

"The look of the restaurant will be very much like a farm shop but elegant with cake stands and wooden tables to display all the cakes etc.  We will be offering an exciting, yet traditional hot and cold menu and for the children, our signature milkshakes." 


The original restaurant offer at Canterbury Garden Centre opened in the new build site in 2009. Owner Edward Boult recently decided to improve the catering facility and began working with Bucknalls to upgrade the proposition.

Boult said:

"We were looking to create a unique restaurant for our garden centre and felt that Bucknalls would be an ideal operator to take our catering to the next stage. 

"We feel that the fit out they have completed ideally complements the garden centre and the menu and improvement has been well received by the customers."

First Franchise MD Keith McIntyre said:

"Bucknalls create excellent restaurants and are an ideal partner for garden centres. The restaurant is one of the most important departments within the modern garden centre. 

"In tough economic times Bucknalls can offer garden centres a way to develop their facility in a very cost effective way in addition to making sure the menu and service is expertly tailored to the individual, garden centre customer base."

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