Improvements to the catering areas at Tong Garden Centre have benefitted the community with the creation of 35 new jobs for local people.
The refurbishment of the 132-seater Orchard Restaurant is the latest part of an ambitious and ongoing programme of improvements that have been implemented since the centre was acquired by businessmen Mark Farnsworth and Tom Megginson in May.
In addition to the jobs created, the refurbishment also benefitted the local economy as all of the work was undertaken by West Yorkshire-based businesses. The restaurant?s tray bakes, scones and quiches are made on-site in the state of the art William?s Farm Kitchen bakery and 90% of the remaining suppliers to the restaurant are Yorkshire-based.
Mark Farnsworth said: “To celebrate the refurbishment, and to build on the ?5,000 that we raised for Martin House Children’s Hospice throughout the summer, we will donate 50p from the sale of every Christmas dinner bought in the Orchard Restaurant to this very worthy cause.”
In addition to refurbishing the Orchard Restaurant, the new owners have remerchandised the plant area, created a new caf? and food hall, built a children’s adventure playground and caf?, introduced concessions and have refurbished all areas of the garden centre.