Last visited & reviewed these gardens & (Actons) cafe in May 2017. Gave them both top marks. Visited again on 1st Nov 2017 @ lunchtime, the gardens are better than ever, the cafe, sadly, has gone way downhill! At least, it was on the day we were there. There were two obliging but helpless young ladies behind the counter, enquiries from customers for most types of food, even basics such as bread, sandwiches, rolls, baguettes, knives, spoons, condiments, relishes were met with, "No, sorry, we don't have any here right now" or "No, not right now, I'll see if I can get you some". We asked for two chicken baguettes with stuffing, no butter, just mayonnaise. Like those in the queue ahead of us we were told we could only have white bread. The stingy helping of mayonnaise was spread so thinly I asked for extra mayo, only to be told "There's none here now, I'll get some & bring it to you as soon as I can". The sprinkling of stuffing was minute which was just as well, it looked (& subsequently tasted like) flavourless sawdust. When I was handed the "two" sandwiches I said, "I asked for two, not one sandwich" only to be very pleasantly told, "Sorry, it's the size of the bread we use, the slices are small so it looks like a half sandwich, but it's our full sandwich, actually a lot of people think it's only half a sandwich"!!!!!!! Whatever way they paint it, by any standards it's a miserable half sandwich, at best.......@ €5!!!!! That'd work out @ €10 for what most people would call a normal sandwich!! Coffee was €3 each! The extra mayo I'd asked for (to provide some moisture) arrived halfway through my (half) sandwich, the promised knives never arrived &, in desperation, I used a fork (there were plenty of those!) to stir my coffee. Two "half" sandwiches & two coffees for €16!!! Would I go back again? Yes........if I win the Lottery & if I'm not hungry. But I'll definitely visit the gardens again.
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