Clacton Road, Essex, CO16 9DN
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April 1, 2024

Hilltop's Restaurant Offers and try our Mint Smoothie Recipe!

Nestled amidst picturesque countryside views, Floral Days Restaurant at Hilltop Garden Centre - just outside Clacton in Essex - offers a light and airy atmosphere coupled with comfortable seating, making it the perfect spot to unwind and enjoy a delicious meal. Check out April's special offers in our restaurant, and make our recipe of the month, a delicious and healthy herb smoothie!

Enjoy a free cup of tea!

To celebrate National Tea Day, on Saturday April 20th and Sunday 21st you can enjoy a complimentary cup of tea with the purchase of any cake or toasted teacake! English tea has a rich history dating back to the 17th century when it was introduced by Portuguese and Dutch traders. Initially considered a luxury for the elite, tea gained popularity among all social classes by the 18th century. The East India Company played a significant role in its importation, leading to the establishment of tea gardens in India and Sri Lanka. Tea drinking became an integral part of English culture, with afternoon tea rituals evolving in the Victorian era. Today, tea remains a beloved beverage in England, enjoyed in various forms from traditional black tea to herbal infusions and afternoon teas.

Tea and cake

Make a Mint Smoothie - free recipe!

Whether it's basil in a Caprese salad, mint in a refreshing smoothie, or rosemary-infused roast potatoes, herbs add depth and flavour to every meal. This month, you can get 5 British-grown herbs for just £10 at Hilltop, so take advantage of this offer to liven up mealtimes, and prepare yourself a delicious and nutritious smoothie using freshly picked mint with our simple recipe:


  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 ripe banana, peeled and sliced
  • 15g fresh mint leaves
  • 120ml plain Greek yogurt
  • 120ml cup milk (or dairy-free alternative)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional, for sweetness)
  • Handful of ice cubes


  1. In a blender, combine the fresh spinach leaves, sliced banana, fresh mint leaves, Greek yogurt, milk, and honey (if using).
  2. Blend on high speed until smooth and creamy, about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add the ice cubes and blend again until the smoothie reaches your desired consistency.
  4. Taste and adjust sweetness if necessary by adding more honey.
  5. Pour the mint smoothie into glasses and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint leaves, if desired.
  6. Serve immediately and enjoy your refreshing mint smoothie!
Mint Smoothie

Breakfast Muffins

One standout dish at Hilltop is our Breakfast Royal Muffin. With two perfectly poached eggs, smoked salmon, and hollandaise sauce atop a freshly baked muffin. Pair it with a freshly brewed coffee or a refreshing fruit juice to get your day off to the best start. Available for just £8.99, our Royal Muffin is available Monday to Saturday from 9am to 11am and on Sundays from 10am to 11am.

Royal Breakfast Muffin at Hilltop

Kids eat for just £1!

Families are welcomed with open arms at Hilltop Garden Centre, especially now, during the Easter school holidays. With the purchase of any adult main meal, kids can enjoy a delicious meal for just £1. Options include kid-friendly classics like Gammon, Egg & Chips, Chicken Nuggets, Chips & Beans, and Pasta in Tomato Sauce with Grated Cheese. Finish off your little one's meal with a sweet treat - our kid's favourite, Jelly & Ice Cream.

Kids eat for £1 at Hilltop Garden Centre

Home-cooked lunchtime meals

If you're craving a taste of tradition, look no further than Hilltop's freshly battered English fish and chips, expertly prepared by our French Chef, David. Using only the finest ingredients, each crispy bite is a testament to David's cooking skills and expert flavour pairings. Wash it down with a refreshing Doom Bar Amber Ale or one of our Fentimans' artisanal soft drinks for the perfect lunchtime treat. Available from 12 noon every day.

Fish and chips at Hilltop Garden Centre

From delicious specials to family-friendly offers, there's something for everyone at Hilltop Garden Centre Clacton to enjoy amidst the stunning surroundings. Whether you're savouring a cup of tea with cake, indulging in a hearty breakfast, or looking for classic fish and chips, Hilltop promises a memorable dining experience with good, hearty food.

Mon - Sat: 9am to 5pm
Sun: 10am to 4pm
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