A Sunday well spent brings a week of content and this was definitely the case for me and my husband Al, whom I spent last weekend strolling around the new Rosebourne Garden centre in Aldermaston with.
When an email dropped into my Inbox inviting me to a Bloggers sneak peak, my heart instantly sunk as I realised I would be out of the country and unable to attend. But this didn’t stop me from dragging my husband along the following weekend for the store’s grand opening which saw Strictly’s very own Craig Revel Hornwood cut the ribbon to mark the occasion.
Nothing could prepare either of us for the huge array of fresh local fruit and veg, cheeses, meats and breads as we first entered the store. This was quickly followed by magical Christmas displays with scenes of winter wonderlands and gifts for every possible recipient and occasion.
Walking around garden centres has been a favourite pastime of mine for as long as I can remember, but Rosebourne was something else. After spending what felt like minutes looking around the store (it was actually half a day) we ventured outside into the sunshine where I was automatically drawn to the stunning elephant water feature, then it was onto metal sculptures of horses, colourful flowerpots, palm trees, a wide selection of flowers, garden ornaments, wind chimes and much more.
Naturally, we had worked up quite an appetite, so when Al suggested Afternoon Tea for two, well I could hardly argue could I? The restaurant provided the perfect backdrop with the sun beaming in through the glass roof and palms surrounding us. Despite being rushed off their feet, the staff worked tirelessly throughout and delivered some delicious morsels which included a selection of crustless sandwiches with fillings of goats cheese and roasted red pepper, freshly baked Rosebourne mini fruit scones served with clotted cream and strawberry jam, two shots of chocolate and raspberry trifles, plum bakewell wedges, two mini apricot and raspberry hazelnut pavlovas all served on a black granite slate and washed down with English Breakfast tea and a glass of Prosecco. For £23 (excluding the Prosecco) it was a very generous spread that left us both feeling a tad full. So there was only one thing for it – we decided to walk around the store one last time before driving 50 miles home.
I am so glad we both visited Rosebourne, it was such a lovely relaxing Sunday and I can’t wait to go back. It will definitely be on the top of my list of places to shop at for Christmas gifts.
Have you visited the new Rosebourne store in Aldermaston yet?
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