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Happy customers are important to us and we are always looking for ways to improve. Equally, we are delighted to hear positive feedback - it's a real boost to all of the team here at Pentland Plants. If you have a moment, and could leave a review on our Trip Advisor page, we'd really appreciate it.

 

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NEW for 2020: Vegan Afternoon Tea

Vegan Afternoon Tea at Pentland Plants


We are delighted to now offer vegan afternoon tea at Cafe Panola.

This delicious freshly prepared homemade treat includes:
- 2 rounds of sandwiches with vegan cheese Carrot chutney and lemon & oregano humous with roasted vegetables
- Fruit scone served with jam and vegan cream
- Meringue and fresh fruit
- A selection vegan cakes, including 2 of the following:
Chocolate cake, lemon cake, ginger tiffin , oaty apple tray bake and banana and walnut cake

We have delicious vegan scones and cakes to add to our sweet treats and we always have homemade vegan soups available every day.

We are proud to source local Scottish produce for the food that we serve at our cafe. All of our dishes and home baking are freshly prepared on site in our cafe kitchen by our talented chefs. Afternoon tea is available every day from 2pm - 4pm and there's no need to book!

To keep up to date with our latest specials and cafe offering, please follow or Facebook and Instagram accounts: @pentlandplants

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We're recruiting! EPOS Administrator job opportunity

(Full Time)

Job Role

A fantastic career opportunity has arisen for a skilled and experienced EPOS Administrator to join our large and still growing Garden Centre. As an integral part of the team you will help to drive the business forward with our  EPOS system. Providing support to the Garden centre manager, you will have the opportunity to develop your skills as you work on variety of projects.

Main Responsibilities will include

You will report directly to the Garden centre Manager assisting in day-to-day duties of managing a busy Epos system.

  • Data input/integrity checks.
  • Goods in/out
  • Report analysis.
  • Stock taking.
  • Tills

Skills Required:

  • Experience of working in a stock management EPOS role ideally within a retail environment.
  • The ability to work independently on tasks assigned to a high standard.
  • You will be analytical, a problem solver and have great investigative skills.
  • You will have a right first-time approach and a can-do attitude.
  • You will be computer literate with a good knowledge of Excel.
  • General IT knowledge.
  • Experience of working with stock control databases would be advantageous.

What we offer:

We offer a competitive salary and benefits include a pension, up to 28 days holiday and staff discounts. If you would like to join our family run business and bring your ideas and talents to our fast growing company and forward thinking team we want to hear from you.

To apply:

If you would like to be part of this forward thinking family owned business please send your CV and a covering letter to shop@pentlandplants.co.uk

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The story of the Pentland Plants Poinsettia

It's one of our favourite times of the year, when the nursery is full of colour with over fifty thousand home grown Poinsettia plants.

It is a little known fact that we at Pentland were one of the first nurseries in the UK to grow the now ubiquitous Poinsettia. 

Poinsettias are part of the Euphorbia family and known as Euphorbia Pulcherrima. Joel Robert Poinsett introduced the plant to the US in 1928 He was a botanist, physician and the first US ambassador to Mexico. 

In the early 60’s David Spray's Father, Joseph, read about them in an American journal and had some sent across from California. In those days we bought in dry woody plants which we coaxed back to life to produce cuttings. Today, with modern technology, we import soft green cuttings from Ethiopia.

In its native Mexico they are a wild plant growing up to 3 m and the coloured parts are not actually flowers but modified bracts or leaves. The actual flowers are the yellow cyathia in the centre and when it is in full flower you can see the bottle brush flower covered in pollen. We treat them with growth retardant and pinch them to keep them compact.

The cuttings arrive in July and are potted into 13cm pots in a very special open compost with lots of food and trace elements included. They are pinched to produce side shoots and spaced out regularly to give a good all round shape. They are grown in a warm, bright, draft free glasshouse and watered and fed until they change colour in November. 

We supply garden centres accross the country with this wonderful plant, which comes in a variety of colours such as whites, pinks, variegated and burgundy.

Many people don't realise that they can actually be kept well after Christmas as a normal houseplant too! They make a lovely gift at this time of year, but also a nice treat to add a splash of colour to your home. 

Join us on our FREE guided Poinsettia walks. Click here to book your place: https://www.pentlandplantsgardencentre.co.uk/events#moreevents

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Christmas Shopping Event 7th November!

Join us for our very special Christmas shopping event this November and enjoy a fantastic 20% off Christmas and gifts*!

We'll be serving our homemade complimentary non-alcoholic mulled wine on the night, PLUS we'll be opening Cafe Panola late for the occasion with a special BYOB evening menu!

Only £15.00 for two courses. Booking required. Meal served at 6pm.

*Excludes gift cards.


Shopping Event Menu:

Main options

Baked haddock fillet with salmon mousse with dill and lemon sauce ( can be made gluten free if requested)

Roast sirloin of beef with port and baby onion sauce (gluten free/dairy free)

Creamy wild mushroom and chestnut wellington

All served with baby roast potatoes and winter vegetables.

Dessert options

Cranberry + white chocolate cheesecake with creme anglaise sauce

Orange marmalade pudding with a Glayva custard (gluten free/dairy free)

Scottish cheese and biscuits selection with spiced fruit chutney (can be made gluten free if requested)

**Meal served at 6pm** Table reservations can be made via our website https://www.pentlandplantsgardencentre.co.uk/events?fbclid=IwAR0QwBAU3LkTaeaJnmB4EzxDoF7mZHyz2DNxUYKE6hPOiBiVPpuLktn8WWg

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Pentland Plants Garden Centre
Pentland Mains
Loanhead
Midlothian
EH20 9QG

0131 440 0895
shop@pentlandplants.co.uk 

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Opening hours

Monday - 9am to 5pm
Tuesday - 9am to 5pm
Wednesday - 9am to 5pm
Thursday - 9am to 5pm
Friday - 9am to 5pm

Saturday - 9am - 5pm
Sunday - 10am - 5pm

Christmas Opening Hours:
Closed: Christmas day, Boxing day and New Year's Day

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