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Alton Towers Resort - Secret Garden

Alton Towers Resort, Stoke on Trent, ST10 4DB

((()* British
Average
Main course: £12
Food spend: £20

Nicest food I've had in a long time. Cheerful and friendly waiter -Robin -which made the evening really nice.

Rebecca 07 September 2016
from London

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A whimsically-styled restaurant on the ground floor of the Alton Towers Hotel, Secret Garden serves up a great selection of British and international recipes, with a great kids' selection including numerous healthy choices.

The Secret Garden menu features a wide variety of brasserie-style flavours, made with the freshest ingredients. To start, there is forest mushroom bruschetta, vegetarian spinach and mozzarella risotto balls, and a sharing platter including salt and pepper chicken wings, BBQ ribs, and grilled corn on the cob. Hearty mains at this Alton Towers restaurant include European favourites like slow-cooked leg of duck with sweet potato mash and summer greens, a tempting grill selection of steaks and burgers, and beer battered fish and chips.

Desserts at Secret Garden restaurant include colourful creations like the oriental fruit salad, fresh lemon tart with crushed meringue and lemon curd, as well as a 'build your own sundae' option.

With unique touches like a central tree ornament and a family-friendly vibe, the Alton Towers Resort Secret Garden is a 33-minute drive from Stoke-on-Trent.

Alton Towers Resort - Secret Garden

Alton Towers Resort, Stoke on Trent, ST10 4DB

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Customer reviews for Alton Towers Resort - Secret Garden

3.4 ((()* (based on 78 reviews)
73% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • ((*** 2 December 2016 by Leah Clements from Maidstone

    The biggest problem was that we weren't given the standard menu and was not aware of that. We are vegetarians so we always check the restaurants menu to make sure they have a decent choice of veggie dishes for us and our daughter. To turn up on the day and find out that there is a totally different menu is frustrating and caused us some stress in finding something for our toddler that we know she likes. I couldn't see anywhere on the website or our paperwork that there would be a buffet rather than the advertised menu.
    The starter served for my daughter was supposed to be melon and strawberries but was just melon, not only that it wasn't ripe so tasted of cardboard. I really do hate ordering fruit and it not be ripe, there is no excuse for this, just buy decent fruit and make sure it's ripe!
    The main meals were actually quite pleasant, for me anyway as my husband isn't too keen on mushrooms or lentils and that happened to be both veggie options (which is why we check the menus first before we book) so he had a plate of vegetables which isn't ideal but we didn't have a choice! The parsnips were completely undercooked, practically rock solid which is really lazy, it shouldn't be a challenge to roast parsnips for the correct amount of time when doing a roast dinner!
    Another niggle is that there was no vegetarian gravy and nothing was actually labelled so I had to ask the waitress if any gravy was veggie and she didn't know so had to find out. We cannot be that much of a minority that things aren't even labelled for us vegetarians.

    The drinks were pricey which limited how many we had, as usual hotels don't realise they would make more money making things more reasonably priced. £2.20 for a small bottle of water is not right.

    The breakfast the next morning however was nice and had no complaints there, although if I were to be picky I would say make more effort with nicer tasting fruit as it was quite tasteless. There was a lot of choice and everything I had was nice.

  • ((*** 1 December 2016 by Sue Wainwright from Stoke-on-Trent

    Food ok stuffing particularly awful gravy cold long waiting times for service breakfast run out of milk no glasses for fresh orange no mugs for coffee no one around no eggs left nothing being filled definitely not as good as wen we came in 2014 won't b back next year. Room nice v clean staff friendly loved the panto santa v nice too.

  • ((((* 30 November 2016 by Mrs Skelton from Nottingham

    Lovely food (stayed with inclusive Christmas dinner package). Quality of food main strength - vegetables well cooked and tasty. Children's meal good - when the jelly and ice cream was delivered with raspberry ice cream no issue returning and swapping for vanilla. Starters a little small. We did have to wait 20-25 minutes to be seated which was difficult standing in a queue with a 3 year old and 7 month old. When seated we saw a lot of tables empty but not yet cleared or set so may be a staffing issue. Decor and layout made the restaurant light and airy. Service was great - really friendly although busy.
    Breakfast was one of the best buffet breakfasts we have had in the uk - top quality, thick bacon and sausages. Mushrooms were excellent.

  • ((((* 29 November 2016 by Mr Roberts from Nottingham

    Lovely Christmas feel to the restaurant, food hot and good tasting, clean and tidy, only negative is that you have to wait a while for waiters to clear your table and bring deserts especially when it's late and the children are tired but overall nice restaurant thankyou

  • (((** 29 November 2016 by Mrs l Farrington from Southampton

    Food ordered not as specified on the menu. Started stated melon & strawberry but only melon served. Deserts arrived with whipped cream, not ice cream & custard, not Brandy custard as stated. For a mass produced buffet a good range on offer, my milk intolerant son was not happy with the choices on offer.

  • (((** 25 October 2016 by Gemma B from London

    The menu has been updated since we last dined and I wasn't too sure about the new options- a lot "posher" than before. Opted for a steak from the specials menu (which was just the menu from the Emperor's Grill). Steak was amazing! Cooked to perfection! 5/5 for the steak. A little expensive - two steaks and two drinks £50.
    The restaurant itself is looking a bit shabby and could do with some new ideas and a general tidy up. The place was empty at 9 pm on Scarefest.

  • (**** 9 September 2016 by Daniel Skinner from Scunthorpe

    Very over priced and small portion, also poor quality

  • (**** 7 September 2016 by Mrs k Jones from Wolverhampton

    Poor quality food
    Very slow table service
    Expensive for the quality of food

  • ((((( 7 September 2016 by Rebecca from London

    Nicest food I've had in a long time. Cheerful and friendly waiter -Robin -which made the evening really nice.

  • (((** 3 September 2016 by W Garbutt from Wakefield

    Lovely decor and friendly staff. The food seemed somewhat over priced, but was nice.

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