Garden centre café
A49, Junction Wilton Roundabout; 5 mins
Mon-Sat 9am-4pm (Sun and Bank Hols 10am-4pm)
Parking available onsite
Isambard Brunel could scarcely have imagined that his Engine Shed at the edge of Ross-on-Wye would one day become a flower-filled garden centre. Tucked away on a small industrial estate, the enormous doors at one end stand as a reminder of its former life. Have a nostaligic look at the walls inside for the black and white photos of how it once looked.
Inside, the Shed is a cavern of considered gifts and homewares arranged on trestle tables against stone walls. Outside, a sea of flowers fans out to the centre's boundary. A clapboard entrance signals the way into the homely café and gives the air of a station waiting room. Old-fashioned values reign in the kitchen where everything is homemade from scratch – the cheese and fruit scones and cream teas are legendary and held in particularly high regard.
There’s an overflow car park if spaces within the gates are taken. This is a wonderful place to pause on the way to or from Wales.
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