A RESTAURANT at a garden centre on the A127 has risen from the ashes and re-opened after a major revamp and rebrand. 

Alton Garden Centre was hit by a fire in December 2022 and the restaurant was severely damaged. 

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Although it partially re-opened as a coffee shop, the restaurant has never fully re-opened and Alton bosses used it as an “opportunity” to have a major revamp and open a new restaurant.

the restaurant, no named “All Seasons” opened for a soft-launch with customers yesterday and a full launch with an increased and improved menu will take place soon.

Jan Walters, marketing and online sales at Alton Garden Centre, said: “We are thrilled to announce the opening of our All Seasons Restaurant. It is so exciting.

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“The history of Digby’s restaurant within the garden centre is a notable part of its story as initially it operated out of a wooden cabin, providing a cosy dining spot for customers, serving hot drinks cakes, and sandwiches before it expanded into the main store.

“But unfortunately, due to a fire incident in 2022, it has led to the need for a complete renovation of the restaurant, seating area, and the kitchen.

“However, rather than being discouraged by this challenge, the Alton Garden Centre team saw it as an opportunity for reinvention and improvement.

“A lot of hard work has gone into this, and we are excited to welcome customers back.”

When the fire occurred in 2022, at least nine crews were in attendance where the first floor of the two-storey garden centre, was completely alight.

Photos from the scene showed the damage to the restaurant, which appeared to show the fire ripping through a wall.

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The new restaurant will soon start selling hot foot again, including hot breakfasts, as well as lunches. This will go along side a new look, new design, new seating, and a new kitchen area.

Despite the restaurant now being officially opened, it is still limited at this stage with some final works still ongoing.

A spokesman for Alton Garden Centre added: “”Please note that initially, our menu will be limited due to logistical challenges together with the kitchen not being fully operational in its refit.

“We appreciate your understanding and patience as we work through this.

“Exciting new menu choices will be introduced over the next few months. Thank you for your continued support.”