The Colchester garden centre with one of the best food halls in the UK

An Essex garden centre has been praised for its food hall with it being named one of the best in the UK. The Farm Shop and Deli Retailer Awards 2023 has named Poplar Nursery the best food hall in East Anglia.

The 3000sq ft food hall attached to Poplar Nurseries garden centre in Marks Tey, Colchester, serves a wide variety of artisan delicacies and deli offerings. With a large selection of locally sourced fruit and veg, fresh fish and homemade ready meals, it is easy to see how Poplar Nurseries’ main goal is, as their website claims, ‘helping you discover delicious local and British food’.

The key word at Poplar Nurseries’ food hall is ‘local’. From Wednesday to Sunday, discover fresh fish sourced from Wivenhoe trawlers and Billingsgate Fish Market. On the weekends, dressed Cromer crab, king scallops and Oysters from Mersea and Maldon are also available.

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For those with a sweet tooth, there is a wide selection of cake to choose from: including chocolate fudge, carrot, whiskey fruit and cheesecake. You can also treat yourself to sponge puddings, crumbles and pies. Gluten-free and vegan cakes are also available.

The cake counter looks very enticing so cake lovers will be very happy here. There is also a cafe to dine at in the food hall.

The full list of winners can be found on the website under Farm Shop and Deli Retailer Awards Finalists 2023.

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