About Us


You may be forgiven for  not  realising the Courtyard Garden Centre is even there, hidden to the rear of Hellesdon Barns on Hellesdon Hall Road, customers describe the place as a “hidden gem” or “quiet oasis”.  The brainchild of Tree surgeon Paul Smith and his wife Antonia, the place has gone from strength to strength since opening in 2012. Specialising in both Native wildflowers and Hardy Mediterraneans; Paul is passionate about plants and gardening.

Here you will find firm favourites such as the Heuchera, Geraniums and Lavender both French and English as well as other,less common varieties like Astrantia, Tree Ferns and  Chocolate Cosmos With its delightful scent.

Paul takes great pleasure in sharing his expertise and passion in horticulture. He would happily while away the hours if you let him!

Paul and Antonia also enjoy hosting monthly music events that combine both their love of music, food and outdoor living. Summer 2013  saw Paella cooked over an open fire and a Soirée Francaise with Edith Piaf tribute Girl Dubois.

The Courtyard cafe boasts recipes that have been handed down in Antonia’s  family, such as Grannies Ginger Cake or Aunty Jill’s Lemon Drizzle. And you can fortify yourself with baked Camembert, dipping bread and freshly grown salad. With wifi access, daily papers and an open fire The Courtyard cafe is a delightful place to catch up on emails, or just relax and unwind. Soak up the atmosphere, there is much to admire- twisted olive trees, fan trained fruit trees and objects of curiosity. Antonia and Paul have spent many years trawling the  flea markets of France and many of their finds are now available to buy.

The Courtyard has also become something of  an animal rescue centre with chickens and Terrapins that children are positively encouraged to pet and feed.

What’s not to enjoy about this city escape!

Located at Hellesdon Barns, Hellesdon Hall Road, Norwich NR6 5BB.

Open seven days a week from 10-5

We will be closed during weekdays for the month of January but open during the weekends. From 1st February we will be open 7/7

Phone: 01603 407313

Email: thecourtyardcafe@outlook.com