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54 /100 BODELVA
“Visited October 2020. One of Cornwall's biggest visitor attractions; basically a giant plant zoo. Despite not being particularly "into" plants, I'd been really impressed with it on my first visit 20 years ago, and was keen to return and see how much it had developed over the years as the plants had grown and filled out. Sadly, it seems that the bit that has grown has been the visitor "experiences" rather than the plants; there are now zip wires, Go Ape, additional café buildings, and all the other usual income-generating paraphernalia, leaving the remaining plant bits looking slightly neglected and sorry for themselves compared to my first visit. However, for Ratebeerians this focus on visitor revenue over horticulture has brought one benefit - the shop has been hugely expanded since my first visit. The shop's a bit of a soul-less place now; long and clearly designed to funnel huge numbers of customers past as much - despite this the staff retain the usual Cornish friendliness. Eden has maintained their focus on trying to source as much locally as possible - resulting in a choice of about 40 Cornish beers. Whilst these are focussed on the larger brewers (Harbour, St Austell, Skinner's and Sharps), they do seem to have some more unusual beers and stronger styles that you wouldn't see in the supermarket, plus some beers brewed specifically for the venue. There were also about 10 ciders, but I can't remember who they were from. Prices are reasonable - more expensive than supermarkets, but cheaper than nearby farm shops. Overall, Eden itself is still worth a visit if you haven't been before. The shop is a nice-to-have if you're visiting the venue (it's a much bigger beer selection than you normally get at tourist venues), but it's probably not worth veering out of your way for otherwise. Note: You can go to the shop without paying to enter Eden.“
wheresthepath 478 days ago
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