You can't spend time here and not want to give a high rating. The café is smack in the middle of the most beautiful park in London. The food is divine and the service is fine too.
Stopping for dinner before a show at the nearby theatre, we enjoyed a quiet and well-paced meal. Delicious food - a smoked salmon appetizer with cucumber dill salad, saddle of lamb with roast new potatoes and salmon cakes. I would have taken pictures, but I didn't want to embarrass myself with the uncle!
It was a bit on the moderate side of the price scale, likely because of the excellent location.
The hot and cold beverage selection left much to be desired but the cappuccino was good and the neighbouring grounds were a sight.(regent park gardens).
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The Garden cafe is situated inside the Regent's Park, in a lovely natural setting. The open air theater puts on some great productions in the short lived summer nearby, and the closest tube station is at Baker Street about fifteen minutes away. A walk through the park must be an ideal way to spend a sunny weekend afternoon, but this chilly weather will soon leave you wanting something warm. This restaurant has two sections, one of which is a self-service counter, and the other has table service.
The self-service counter is more popular, as the prices are rather steep at the restaurant, and the food is largely the same. I had some fanastic pumpkin soup that warmed me up from the inside, that was delicious with a fresh baguette for 4.50, and a slice of carrot cake (1.95) to share with a cappuccino (1.80). If you're lucky enough to get a seat near the large windows, you can look out at the yellowing autumn leaves in the park. After a warming lunch of some soup, its time to take a leisurely walk through the park, possibly go boating if you're brave, visit the zoo nearby, or just watch the ducks. A visit here makes for a great weekend 'away' from the city!
Walk into the cafe on a mild rainy day, by yourself and a book. The transformation it can do to your presence is poetry. Exotic in setting its like being in a train to somewhere. Quiet and calm, the Garden Cafe wants you to slow down.
Very caring service to one and all, I envy the nearby businesses and students of the Regents College who have quicker access to the cafe. Perfect for a quiet business lunch or dinner, they have 'rhubarb' my favourite on the menu. Also a good selection of mild and medium wines and warm drinks to go with the food menu.
Worst service I have ever experienced in London. Every table was upset and vocal about it. Food is below average. Never again.
On a summer's day, you may find yourself waiting for a seat and table at the Garden Café, it is popular with park visitors and for the open air theatre goers, as it is right next door.
They have a great selection on deserts and a full bar, and being the only restaurant around, I am sure that you can imagine that it is a tad on the pricey side, but not too bad.
The building was once quite dated, it was built in the 60's but was not looked after, but today you will find it completely rejuvenated, into a modern outlook but fitting in just fine in the park surrounding. It is very stylish and its openness provides natural light.
I have eaten here on a few occasions as Regents Park is where me and my girlfriend spend a lot of our time. Everything is presented very nicely indeed, I love it in here.
We gave a birthday lunch party for 15 people, adults and children, on 9th June, and it was a great success. The food was good and the service was outstanding: friendly, attentive and prompt. This is the third time we have held this celebration at the Garden Cafe; we'll come again.
I had an hour to kill before the show at No. 1, Marylebone opened, and Regent's Park was only a short walk away. And, how better to pass time than by walking in the park, even on a raw winter day. My way took me past the Garden Café, an angular, 60s-designed structure which seemed to consist mainly of windows. Maybe, on a warmer day, I might have passed by it, but it was cold, and lunchtime, so in I went. They will do a full, waiter-service sit-down lunch if you need it, but I didn't. There's counter service, too, and all I wanted was a coffee and a muffin. The place seemed reasonably clean, not too crowded, and the man behind the counter cheerful and polite. A resounding 'Yes' to the coffee and I'm particular about my coffee served in a generous mug, and a chocolate and blueberry muffin that really hit the spot. And, all for under a fiver!
this cafe was dirty and unkept. The coffee was fine, the cake stale and ALL unoccupied tables still filled with previous visitors cups plates etc. The male staff member cleared away after 20 minutes, but failed to wipe any tables leaving crumbs... most had been previously wiped onto the floor. I did complain about the cake being stale but was brow beaten by the staff 'no-one's complained before' Oh that makes it OK then.
two coffees & two cakes = £9.20 - very overpriced for sitting in a midden... The same items can be bought at a greasy spoon cafe, they would be cheaper & definitely cleaner.
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