Notcutts St Albans Garden Centre has hosted a grand opening event. It was to celebrate its new restaurant and improved look following a refurbishment.
An official ribbon cutting ceremony took place on Friday, February 28. Caroline Notcutt, Vice-Chairman and the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Sandra Wood were in attendance. Local businesses, customers and the Notcutts St Albans team joined then.
The refurbishment project got underway in August 2019. It includes an upgrade of the restaurant, which now offers a dining experience for up to 150 people.
There is also a new outdoor south-facing terrace for alfresco dining and a new children’s play area.
The restaurant serves breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas as well as a popular selection or cakes and sweet treats.
The refurbishment continues throughout the garden centre. There were upgrades to flooring, lighting, customer toilets and a new pet centre. ‘Guinea Pig World’ was added, and customers can meet the garden centre’s resident guinea pigs.
Notcutts St Albans has also partnered with Crane Garden Buildings. They have over 25 show models now on display including sheds and greenhouses.
Chris Holt, General Manager, said: “Thank you to all who joined us for our special opening ceremony.
“It’s fantastic to unveil our new look and spacious restaurant for the local community to enjoy.”
Councillor Sandra Wood, Deputy Mayor of St Albans City and District, said: “I’m very impressed. I’m sure the new restaurant and pet centre will be a success, attracting even more customers.
“It was an honour to be involved in the opening. It was also encouraging to see that one of our local businesses, employing local people, is going from strength to strength.”