I come up from London just to visit. The paninis and smoothies are divine - I really recommend Berry Creek smoothie and the goats cheese and roasted pepper panini. The chef came from a very posh restaurant right in town, and has moved to the Secret Garden for a bit of a break from the pressure!
Everything is delightful. The owner is so lovely, can chat for hours. The scenery is amazing. Visit in summer so you can sit outside and admire the trees, plants, the artist's studio. In winter, sit inside and read the paper and look at the paintings and pottery.
The only problem is they tend to run out of things and not order them back in for a while, and don't make this clear on the menu, and the waitresses seem blissfully unaware until 20 minutes AFTER you've ordered! Very annoying, but there you go. Also, they tend to change their suppliers every few months and so the Berry Creek (for example) may not even be available any more, but may still be on the menu!
Really cute place in the shadow of St. Albans Abbey.
Had a Dandelion and Burdock to drink, and the homemade burger, which was delicious!
Really cheap, and friendly service.
A 'secret' gem!
This cafe seemed to appear out of nowhere but has been open since November apparently. They have a great garden space that will be a really nice place to eat in summer but inside is a bright well decorated cafe with some great art on the walls and lots of space.
I had a really nice home made quiche with salad and the cake was excellent. The range of food will cover most tastes and the people we chatted to were very friendly. I think this is somewhere I'm going to be eating often in the future.
Popped in for an afternoon desert. Had the carrot cake and a pot of tea. Both were quite good.
The waitresses needed reminding that we were sitting there, but after that all was smooth.
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