Within 5 minutes of driving I'm here. With the revamp they've had recently and long called for it's def made a difference, just ashame that it didn't reach the till area.
Lots of plants to choose from and accessories for your outdoor space. There is now a lakeland, cotton traders, bike shop and a few other shops in the retail village.
The cafe has an outdoor space too where you can sit outside with a cuppa coffee and listen to kids screaming in the play area (you have no choice in that matter). The cafe inside has ample seating too and a huge selection of food to feed up on.
This a kind of mecca for the wrinkly crowd and I can see why. The cafe is seriously good. Not cheap but very good, fresh food. I came to Dobbies for a plant and a thing to plant it into, which I found after being overwhelmed with choice. They certainly have lots to chose from BUT it seems they also have fish, outdoor pond and pet supplies, sensible clothes for the wrinkly crowd, sensible shoes for the wrinkly crowd, posh garden furniture, posh garden sheds, conservatories, candles, gifts, books, toys and an entire posh market food hall. Like Ikea for grandmas. I can see older couples would have trouble working up escape velocity from such a palace of treats. Oh, and indoor playground and Butterfly World in the same complex. A rainy Saturday under cover with cakes, pots of tea and fancy things for all.
This is a fabulous garden centre that also has a pet department and food hall. The pets section is pretty good and I'm embaressed to say I often visit here at the weekends just to look at the fish! The downside is teh fish don't always look 100% healthy.
The foodhall is good, aiming more at the organic/local foodies brigade.
They place to go for all your gardening and gift needs. Full or they not so run of the mill items.
Christmas is a lovely time to go as they always have beautiful traditional decorations.
The food hall is full or wonderful items you may of never seen anywhere else special honeys jams and perseveres as well as a good range of boiled sweets.
Being next door to the butterfly farm only makes it easier to spend a whole day out in the area.
The cafe offers something for everyone decent food for a decent price.
This is almost a morning or afternoon out. There is so much here. They have a great Christmas shop. There are quality plants, flowers and gardening equipment all kinds.
Furniture for your garden and conservatories, interesting
homeware and a bathshop. Gifts, cards and stationery and a great restaurant with nice home made soup.
Farm foodhall with delicatessen is great and I like to pick up special things that i wouldn't normally find in the local supermarket.
One of the nicest things about visiting here is that you can pop in to the Edinburgh butterfly and insect world.
Dobbies are very generous, and I have collected for charity here.
Unfortunately I don't have a garden but thanks to this place I do have a lovely herb-filled window box and that will do for now.
This place is massive and sells far more than your pot plants and shrubs. The staff seemed to really know their insert plant name here from their insert plant name here. if you've got green fingers.
Well worthy of an afternoon if you've got green fingers.
This enormous garden centre is amazing. If you can make it this far out of town, then there is nowhere better for gardening supplies, plants, tools or water features.
Dobbies also has an extensive pet shop area, so its not even boring to take your kids here!
if you've already come this far then the awesome Butterfly and Insect World next door is also well worth visiting.
Big garden centre, good ranges. Large and busy cafe, the food hall is excellent with it's own butcher. Oviously plenty of plants and the like, big car park, helpul staff.
Garden centres more often than not sell more than just garden related paraphernalia, and Dobbies is no exception. At the right time of year it has a large Christmas display presenting a wonderland of lavishly decorated trees and mechanical polar bears and reindeer. There are lots of plants, of course, a large outdoors area complete with ducks and ponds and a playground, and lots of garden furniture. There is a large pet area where you can look at, or buy, fish, hamsters, birds etc. There is also a butterfly and insect world. Dobbies is an enjoyable and relaxing place to visit at the weekends. With its café, food hall numerous gift options and abundant displays it's no wonder they have called it Dobbies Garden World (as opposed to centre like anywhere else).
Good combined with a visit to next door butterfly world. It's a nice place to visit around christmas as it always has a nice display. Theres also a really good coffee shop and play area. They are also one of the only places in Edinburgh to sell Yankee Candles- yay!
'Big day out' sort of garden centre (site is the head office base of the UK wide chain), wide range of seasonal plants, additional large retail area of gifts, cards, garden furniture, lighting etc. Also sell fish and accessories for water features, bird seed, feeders etc and the usual tools and accessories. Lots of staff around for any assistance. Most of the retail is under cover, plants outdoors spread out over a wide area, section by section for fruit trees, annuals, shrubs, border plants and so on. Large restaurant area - good choice of cakes, hot and cold drinks, hot dishes, snacks. Occasional special offers on meals available to keep you on site and in a spending mood! Large food hall adjacent to the plant sales too - deli area, baking, fresh fruit and veg plus a large selection of frozen items - loose pack fruits, frozen pastries and veg. Some nod to local suppliers of preserves, baking, drinks and fresh goods - largely the usual brand names though, but nice environment for a browse. Butterfly World also on site is a destination on its own - family orientated attraction with creepy crawlies and interesting displays. Not the cheapest prices all round, but does have a large selection and worth a trip to view.
My only experience of Dobbies was to recently use the restaurant at their garden centre just outside Edinburgh. The garden centre itself looked very attractive, but my wife and I were travelling and required only a meal. This is NOT a mistake we'll be repeating EVER. The cafe was busy but not enough to excuse the painfully slow progress from servers to checkout by the time we paid for food that had been handed to us piping hot, it was almost cold. Though there was a solid tailback, only 2 of the 4 checkouts were manned. As the checkout for our own queue was closed, we were obliged to carry full trays of food to a checkout on the other side and wait. My own choice of sausage and mash proved quite tasty or might have been had it been hot I left most of it. My wife's choice of a chicken curry was bland, tasteless and once cold rather disgusting that too was discarded. Both meals were quite small given the prices. The coffee was fine, but the cups were rather small. The last straw was when the small cake my wife had hoped to enjoy with her coffee proved to have a long hair inside it! And the cost for this fourth-rate self-service meal? Almost £23(!!!) for a meal that would have averaged £12 to £14 elsewhere. I suppose we could have complained though judging from comments at nearby tables we might have had to queue for that too. Still hungry, we were simply glad to get out of the place and seek a decent meal somewhere else. If this single visit was representative of Dobbies' garden centre restaurants, then they're a disgrace. Not an experience we'll be repeating.
very well laid out store helpful staff the cafe excellent value and good
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