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Pugh’s Garden Village Wenvoe opens its doors to the new Orange Tree Café Restaurant


The Pugh family are welcoming customers into their new Café Restaurant, The Orange Tree, at Pugh’s Garden Village Wenvoe.  Here’s a picture review.


“The smell of freshly baked cakes, ground coffee beans and our roaring log fire fills the air and will entice our family of customers into a cosy welcoming environment,” said a spokesperson for the Pugh family.


“All our food is freshly prepared in the Orange Tree kitchen, and where possible using locally sourced, Welsh produce. All our eggs are free range from local farms. We serve rustic, traditional home-cooked food for breakfast, lunch and light bites from 9am-4:30pm (Hot food served until 3pm).


“Our menu has a plethora of Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan Meals and meals can be prepared to specific dietary requirements upon request, the beauty of having our very own chef.



“With the garden centre being at the heart of our business we want to become as transparently sustainable as we can, and help tackle the war on waste. All our packaging and takeaway options including Coffee Cups are plastic free and 100% compostable.


“For the first month of opening, we are encouraging our customers to take their coffee cups home and plant them in their garden with their free seeds to encourage them to be a part of our local environmental campaign.


“We have tried to become as energy efficient as possible from the get go by installing our log fire to provide heat, and we are bagging up our ground coffee beans at the end of each day to give to customers to use as a fertiliser in their gardens. Composting with Coffee is a great way to make use of something that would otherwise end up taking space in landfill. The benefit of using coffee grounds as a fertiliser is that it adds organic material to the soil, which helps support plant growth.



“Little seedlings are catered for with our versatile Children’s Menu, again offering free from options as well as our outdoor play area where Terry the Tractor lives.


“We have bought the outdoors in with a cosy rustic environment that will leave visitors feeling as if they’ve just dined in an indoor garden, with its botanical wall, wooden facades, natural features and ambient lighting creating a unique dining experience.


“Tables do not need to be booked, it’s a case of visiting our garden centre, finding a seat, taking the weight off and deciding what to taste first. The setting is perfect for all generations, taking time to chit chat with friends and just enjoying a lovely few hours in a relaxing environment.”



Here’s what some customers have said since The Orange Tree opened its doors:


“Absolutely loved our quick coffee and cake stop at The Orange Tree, will be back soon for a main meal. Fabulous location, beautifully done, my new favourite place.”


“The Orange Tree cafe is really lovely. Nice ambience, great coffee/food and very friendly staff. Nothing too much trouble. Been 3 times in the past week. Love it.”


“Great garden centre. The new Orange Tree restaurant is a great addition to the Pugh’s Garden Village Wenvoe. We went a few times to see if it had opened, only to find it had not, but never mind it is now, and yes it was worth the wait. The Orange Tree has been well designed and is very comfortable, it has a fantastic double sided log burner at it’s heart.”


“The menu is varied and seems to cater for all, with vegetarian and vegan offerings, there is also a daily specials board. It has been decorated and furnished to a very high standard.”


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