Dame Prue Leith opens local Tea Room

On Wednesday 25th of May, the official opening of The Chequer Tree Tea Room at Bloxham Nursery took place. The Great British Bake Off judge Dame Prue Leith took centre stage to cut the ribbon.

Prue a keen gardener herself and friend of owner John Wyatt. “It was such a pleasure for us and our colleagues to meet Prue, along with the customers who happened to be visiting the tea room at the time. Prue was so friendly and happily chatted away to our customers as well as posing for several selfies,” said John.

For John the opening of the tea room has always been a long-term vision. Having opened the Nursery in 2015 with a view to supplying the local community with homegrown quality plants, he also wanted to give them somewhere they could enjoy the sanctuary of the area whilst enjoying a nice drink and a piece of cake.

Of course, it’s all about the cake. Prue’s first job after the official opening of the tea room was to slice into a Union flag cake made by Chef Dan from their sister tea room The Cotswold View based at Wyatts Garden Centre in Great Rollright ahead of the Jubilee celebrations that followed.

Bloxham Nursery and The Chequer Tree tea room are part of a family business which includes Wyatts Farm Shop and Garden Centre along with The Cotswold View Tea Room.

In 1988 Wyatts opened their farm shop selling a wide range of produce grown on the farm. Since then, the shop continues to sell local produce and supports many small local businesses. The tea room originally opened in 1993 has recently undergone a modern refurbishment with customers able to enjoy stunning views of the Cotswolds from the terrace. Many customers comment on the views along with the wonderful range of birds and bird song often heard in the garden area.

John Wyatt whose great-grandfather was the head gardener at Leeds Castle in Kent over 100 years ago, decided to train as a mature student at Pershore Horticultural College and in 1995 the garden nursery was opened.

John strongly believes in growing his own plants for sale and this is the principle behind both garden centre’s reputation for top quality plants.

The new tea room can be found at Bloxham Nursery, Ell’s Lane, Bloxham, Banbury, OX15 5EE.

Prue and all the team at Read This magazine highly recommend a visit and of course a piece of cake.