20/03/12....Towersey’s Hidden Gem (Contributed by Kate Gregory) -
WHEN I came across Lashlake Nurseries in Towersey I was faced with a dilemma - part of me wanted to keep it to myself, but then another side of me wanted to tell everyone.
The weather was so lovely last weekend that we decided to go for a walk along the Phoenix trail. At the Towersey turn off we noticed a sign for Lashlake Nurseries so as we came of the trail we turned right, instead of the usual left to the pub, and I’m delighted we did.
Lashlake Nurseries is nothing like your usual corporate garden centre. It has a homely and really personal feel to it which made us feel instantly welcome. We tied our dog to a post in the dog section and walked around the small farm area where there were two pigs dozing happily, lots of ducks and a few rabbits. Our little girl loved it!
There was a small gift shop lit up with fairy lights that was full off cards, jewellery and other girly things – I was in my element. In addition to all the gardening type stuff (I’m not a gardener) they also had a little café area offering drinks, cakes and other delights at a really reasonable price – where else could you get a glass of squash for 30p? We had a cup of hot chocolate topped with cream and marshmallows and a toasted tea cake both of which were delicious.
I could find only one small fault with the lovely Lashlake and that was the lack of a high chair, so our little girl was either on our laps or in the pushchair and after an hour of being stuck in the pushchair she really wanted to be out and about.
The couple running it have been there since last April but I only found out about it a few weeks ago. How did I miss it after spending the last year on maternity leave looking for new places to visit?
I can only imagine that the vast majority of the Thame area are as clueless as I was that this place even exists, so next time you’re walking or cycling along the Phoenix Trail pop in and take a look, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
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