Otter Garden Centre, Ottery St Mary
Gosford Road, Ottery St Mary, Devon, EX11 1LZ
Our restaurant and coffee shop at Gosford Road, Ottery St Mary has been popular with our garden centre customers for many years. It’s a spacious area with seating for 280 people or more.
In the warmer spring and summer months, customers enjoy sitting in our outdoor dining area, a kitchen garden where we grow herbs to use in our homemade dishes. Lovely scents of thyme, oregano and lavender assail your senses when you relax in the sun, or under a shady parasol.
Breakfast is a serious affair, and our Otter Big Breakfast is not for the faint-hearted. For those with a lesser appetite there’s the Otter Small Breakfast as well as bacon sandwiches, eggs on toast and mushrooms on toast. We have vegetarian and gluten free options, too.
Light bites are available throughout the day, and from 11.30 we serve lunches. Our daily specials can include cottage pie, cod and chips, curries, honey roast chicken, lasagne, macaroni cheese and pasties. We offer a children’s lunchbox and an under-12’s menu. We don’t stint on desserts, and there are always mouthwatering meringues on offer alongside other delicious puds.
Otter is a great place to stop off for a cuppa and cake. Many of our cakes are homemade and we enjoy experimenting, so you’ll find new and delicious treats to try. We always offer gluten free option; some come from G Free in Honiton, whilst other cakes are made by our baking team.
For cream tea fans, Otter’s cream teas are renowned for freshness and flavour – these are perfect to enjoy in the kitchen garden when the Devon sun is shining.
We are proud of our record of local sourcing and we love to support local suppliers. Meat comes from K&M Butchers in Ottery St Mary and Drews Butchers in Sidbury, our fish from S&J Fisheries, in Ivybridge, most of our bread is baked by the Upper Crust Bakery in Sidmouth and our eggs are laid by Brown Egg Farmers hens in Talaton. Coffee is supplied by Voyager Coffee, Buckfastleigh and we sell delicious Luscombe Drinks from Buckfastleigh.
Sunday roasts are a popular choice throughout the year. We offer a choice of meat with all the trimmings, and always offer a vegetarian alternative. No need to book, just turn up on the day.
From March to November we run Steak Nights every Wednesday evening – perfect for a special occasion or just a relaxing night out. This is competitively priced, £17 for two or £9.99 each. Steaks include sirloin, rump, pork or gammon served with onion rings, mushrooms, peas and a choice of chips or jacket potato. While we don’t sell alcohol, you can bring your own and we don’t charge corkage. Puds are available to purchase as an extra. Tables must be booked in advance.
Christmas is always magical in our Ottery St Mary store with one of the largest Christmas departments and a much-loved Santa’s Grotto. The restaurant gets very busy, especially with our special Christmas menu, which must be pre-booked. This begins in late November and runs through to Christmas Eve.
Throughout the year, we offer seasonal treats, such as pumpkin-spiced lattes at Halloween, and Irish Cream, Roasted Hazelnut and Gingerbread at Christmas.
We have a small selection of our own homemade produce available to buy and take home, which includes our award-winning jams as well as a range of scones, buns and cakes, and seasonal specials such as Christmas puddings and cakes.
Grow your own
Our garden centre is filled with plants and seeds to help you grow your own fruit, herbs, salad and vegetables at home. With special offers on compost and pots so there’s no excuse not to be enjoying your own tasty homegrown food after a visit to Otter Garden Centres!
Monday to Saturday 9am – 5:30pm
Sunday 10:30am to 4:30pm
Closed Easter Sunday, Christmas Day & Boxing Day