Plant Centre Development Grand Opening 4th May 2019
Towards the end of last year works began to significantly improve the plant sales area and tea room at our Plant Centre in Attleborough, Norfolk. The improvements, which are part-funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, include a new restaurant that is considerably larger than the previous tea room, new stock ranges within our garden centre shop, the construction of impressive all weather canopies and an expanded outdoor sales area. The new canopies will offer customers a much improved shopping experience, especially during the winter months and at times of bad weather. Greater versatility can also be achieved by the canopies removable sides.
The larger plant sales area will enable us to offer an even greater range of first class plants, including an impressive range of Thorncroft Clematis, which will be located within the new canopy.
Our core aims have always been choice, quality and customer satisfaction. Therefore, the plant area will not only dramatically increase in size, but the offering will too! Careful selection has also gone into the ranges that will be on offer, with many coming from renowned growers and breeders. This is all backed up with our plant and rose advisory service, which is of the highest standard in the area.
NEW for 2019 – As part of the exciting new developments opening late spring, we are delighted to announce that we will now be working in close partnership with Thorncroft Clematis to offer a larger selection of their varieties.
Now that Thorncroft’s nursery site at Reymerston is no longer open to the public, Peter Beales Roses has become the place to visit to view and purchase a vast range of their plants.
Renowned worldwide for their clematis and winners of several prestigious awards including 10 Gold Medals from RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Thorncroft Clematis Nursery was first established in 1985 as a wholesale company supplying quality clematis plants to the garden centres and nurseries around central Norfolk. It wasn’t long before owners Jonathan and Ruth Gooch realized there was a real demand for a quality retail supplier in the area, so in 1989 they first opened the nursery doors to the public, expanding the business further to include a mail order service in the early 1990’s.
Throughout the years and with the help from their son Peter Skeggs-Gooch, Thorncroft’s fantastic reputation has grown not only in the UK and Europe but worldwide as well and we are delighted to be working with such specialists.
Clematis make fantastic companion plants to climbing roses and we are thrilled to now be able to offer what is quite possibly the largest collection of clematis in East Anglia! Complementing each other through colour and form, roses and clematis can grow together to breathtaking affect. They can also be cleverly used to extend flowering periods, thus offering colour for longer within our gardens.
As well as an impressive variety of clematis we also offer a huge range of choice perennials, shrubs and other climbing plants, many of which are available for most of the year and are displayed alongside the widest and best collection of roses, which includes patio roses, hybrid teas, floribundas, old and modern shrub roses, species roses, standards, ground cover roses and of course climbing and rambling roses.
The new Thorncroft clematis area will open officially on Saturday 4th May, during our grand opening event and ‘East Anglia’s Finest’ Plant and Craft Fair.
NEW Restaurant opening soon!
As part of the plant centre development our old tea room is being considerably extended and refurbished to offer a memorable dining experience. Re-branded as the ‘Rosarium’, the new licensed restaurant will feature a completely new kitchen and serving counter which will enable us to offer an even better service, coupled with a brand new mouth-watering menu, a visit to the Rosarium restaurant will surely be an essential part of any trip to Peter Beales.
The Rosarium is also due to feature a completely new and refreshing look, as well as brand new seating which includes a mix of comfortable chairs and the addition of a banquette to offer even greater comfort and versatility.
Seating capacity within the restaurant has now been considerably increased from 34 to 80 and outdoor seating will have grown also, allowing more diners to enjoy their meal alfresco during the summer months.
All food is prepared to order, using local produce and served by our friendly waiting team. The range of food includes vegetarian and gluten-free options and special diets can also be catered for.
Later this year we will also be reintroducing our popular evening talks and supper evenings, featuring a variety of entertaining guests including Ellen Mary Gardening talking about “Plants for Wellbeing” and Peter Skeggs-Gooch from Thorncroft Clematis offering “A Complete Guide to Clematis”. To book your place on any of these fantastic talks please click here or follow us on Facebook.