Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a range of questions that people often ask at the Walled Garden at Mells.

Are dogs welcome at The Walled Garden?

Yes, dogs on leads are very welcome at the garden.

Can I park close by?

We ask customers to park on the road if there is space or at the village car park on Longfield rd (past the Talbot Inn, 2nd on the right). The car park that adjoins the Walled Garden is owned by the Tythe Barn and is served for barn users and customers of ours who have mobility issues. Please park respectfully in the village observing spaces received for passing. 

Can I book for lunch?

We only take table bookings for groups of 8 or more.

 

Is the garden suitable for small children?

Of course, it's a lovely place for small children but do keep a close eye on them as we have two ponds in the garden. We would prefer not too much running around on the paths and obviously no tree climbing or clambering through the flower beds.

Is the garden wheelchair accessible?

I'm afraid it's tricky but not impossible, the entrance doorways are very narrow and there's gravel underfoot throughout. I'm also sorry to say that that there a number of steps down and up to the toilet. We will help as much as we can.

Are there gluten free/coeliac options on the menu?

Our soup of the day is always vegetarian and most of the time is gluten free, we usually have a cake made without gluten on the menu and gluten free pizza bases in stock. NB Our menu is homemade  although every care is taken if you are particularly sensitive to gluten please let us know.

Do you take bookings in the evening?

We do take bookings for groups and private parties in the evening. Please contact us to discuss.

Can I book for a private party?

Evening hire of the garden is suitable for certain events and can offer a gorgeous backdrop to a celebration. Please contact us to discuss.

 

What else is there to see near by?

Mells is a beautiful and historic Somerset village. Visit the Church, the pub, buy your newspapers from the village shop and take a walk down the valley to see the ruins of the old iron works (definitely worth it).

Have a look at the village website www.mellsvillage.co.uk to find out more.

What happens if it is raining?

We have a number of tables in the greenhouse and also outside under cover in the event of rain. 

Do you hold weddings at the garden?

I'm afraid we'll have to refer back to the previous question...what happens if its raining? We don't as a rule hold weddings here at the garden because we don't have enough covered space to keep everyone dry if it rains.

Also we are open everyday to the public from 10am until 5pm so are unable to offer exclusive hire during the day. Wedding receptions are held at the adjoining Tythe barn www.mellsbarn.org  and we do sometimes offer the garden in the evening to couples who are having their main reception in the barn. Please contact us to discuss if this is of interest. 

 

Can I have a quote for wedding/event flowers?

Yes, of course, we'd be delighted to help.

If you are local or able to visit the garden please just call or email to book a consultation with Jo or Jodie where we can look through photos and talk through your ideas. If you are organising your wedding from abroad or can't visit the garden just send us a list of your requirements, your colour scheme and your inspirations and as many photos of flowers that you love and we can work things out by email. From there we will be able to give you an itemised quote for your wedding flowers which can then be adapted to your budget.

Once you are decided that you would like to work with us, we ask for a £50 deposit to secure the date and the remaining balance  paid three weeks before the wedding date.

We’re getting married nearby and would like our photos taken at the garden?

Yes, of course, just let us know beforehand so we are expecting you and put a contribution in the contributions box on the door to help us keep the garden looking beautiful.

 

Are you bike friendly?

We welcome many cycle groups over the summer.We are just off the National Cycle Route NCN24 Colliers Way www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/route/route-24  and the Vallis Vale Site of Special Scientific Interest. We have two bike racks on the verge outside the garden and this summer hope to create a designated space for bikes in the garden so you can leave your bike with peace of mind. Contact us about group discounts for  your club