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Bents’ restaurant celebrates 15-year anniversary

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THE Fresh Approach Restaurant at Bents Garden & Home celebrates its 15 year anniversary this week.

Celebrations commence today (Monday) when a giant homemade cake will be cut and shared with customers, along with celebratory glasses of bucks fizz.

Bents’ famous scones, which are still made to a secret recipe with over 2000 sold per week, will be available throughout the day at 2001 prices.

Matthew Bent, Managing Director at Bents Garden & Home, said: “Where has the time gone? It seems like no time at all since we were making plans for our new restaurant and now here we are already celebrating its 15th anniversary.

“We are hugely proud of the Fresh Approach Restaurant and the fantastic team who work tirelessly to deliver what we think is the best food and service in the industry!”

When it opened in September 2001 the Fresh Approach Restaurant was unlike anything seen in a garden centre before; a £1m investment, 400 seat restaurant, offering only the freshest food all homemade on the premises.

This dedicated approach to garden centre dining has not only attracted many loyal customers but it also initiated major change throughout the industry.

It has gone on to become an award winning destination and now boasts at a brigade of 22 chefs and 60 front of house colleagues, all dedicated to providing a first class service to the now 900 seat restaurant.

It forms the centrepiece to Bents’ extensive dining offering which includes a further five dining options including: Café Lago, Caffe nel Verde, Tapas Bar and The Pet Place; in total providing over 1210 covers and serving an average monthly footfall of 110,000 customers.

The Fresh Approach Restaurant welcomes several regular customers, some of whom visit every day and have been doing so since the days of the Balcony Coffee Shop; the forerunner to The Fresh Approach Restaurant.

Matthew added: “Our Balcony Coffee Shop was opened to sceptical comments within the industry but it soon established a reputation for quality homemade food, all freshly prepared on the premises with great customer service; all of which formed the building blocks for the Fresh Approach and are as important as ever as we celebrate our 15 year anniversary.”

As part of the celebrations Bents is running a facebook competition to win a Supreme Afternoon Tea Voucher, customers just need to say why they love dining at Bents in 15 words. Visit https://www.facebook.com/bentsgardenhome/ to enter.

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