We are currently open for the sale of fresh fruit and veg, eggs, honey and other essentials, and offer a phone ordering/payment process for those who are self-isolating.  Our number is 01462 675767.

We are currently operating on skeleton staff and are extremely busy at times.  If you call and there is no reply, try emailing us if it is a general enquiry, we promise to reply as soon as possible, but please bear with us.

Update 06/08/2020- The Potting Shed Cafe is now open for extended hours (from 9.30-3pm, 7 days per week) has a new menu and you are able to eat your purchases in our grounds.  Please see Cafe page for details.

*Eat Out To Help Out Scheme member, please see cafe page for details (terms apply)

Plants and Garden Centre Coronavirus Update 06/08/2020

We have now opened up our plant display areas and our field to customers. Our main concern is the safety and well-being of our Customers and staff and so we will be implementing the following measures and we respectfully ask all customers to be conscious of fellow shoppers and colleagues.
• Regulating the number of customers in the store & on our plant displays to ensure that the appropriate social distancing can be adhered to
• Implementing clear floor markings to indicate safe distancing when on the display area
• Installing a protective screen at our till
• Ensuring that our staff are sanitising and washing their hands at least every hour
• Please shop on your own, if possible, to reduce the number of people in the garden centre and please only come to us with intention.  We are not encouraging browsers as that puts genuine customers and our hardworking staff at increased risk.  
If you must bring children into the centre, please ensure they are FULLY supervised at all times
• Please look for signs & floor markings and be fully aware at all times of other customers and their personal space
• When possible, use credit or debit cards and contactless payments


we appreciate that many of you are still required to be in self-isolation or are shielding so our contactless telephone ordering service will continue for those who need it. Please call on 01462 675767 for further information or see our Gallery for more details.
We greatly appreciate your support during these difficult times and we look forward to seeing you at Thornes very soon.
Stay safe, stay well

Thornes Garden Nursery is a family-run business operating since December 2000.

Our centre is an extremely pleasant place to visit for all of the family.  You are welcome to walk around, see our extensive range of plants, pots, garden ornaments and our great range of hens for the garden.  We even have a family of Rhia on site.

Why not then drop into the Potting Shed Café for a bite to eat?  We offer cooked breakfasts, delicious lunches, homemade soups and daily specials, scrumptious handmade made cakes (including gluten free/dairy free and vegan), plus a great range of teas, soft drinks and real coffee.  We even have a dog-friendly room, so you can sit and eat your lunch or have a coffee and bring your pooch with you.  We are close to many walks and cycle paths in the area such as the Letchworth GC Greenway (, handy for a stop for refreshment!

Our site is mostly wheelchair friendly, although to get to some chicken areas it is necessary to travel over (short) grass.  We also welcome well-behaved dogs around the centre, but we ask that they are kept on a lead at all times because of the livestock.

We are very proud to announce that we have been awarded a Certificate of Excellence in 2017, 2018 and 2019 by Trip Advisor because of our wonderful customers and their great reviews. Everyone at Thorne’s would like to thank you all and look forward to seeing you soon.   Click to see more…

Stuart C

"Second visit to this great little garden centre café and this time with the wife! Great location, excellent food and friendly staff. Shop has great gift ideas, plant selection is very good and café superb! Definitely worth a visit."

Martin P

Good food all home cooked, always clean and tidy, and great staff what more do you want in a café.

 Phillip S

Good snacks and lunches with a friendly atmosphere . Once you've been a few times the staff usually know what you'd like as soon as you arrive . Unless you change your mind of course!