About Us

Moota Garden Centre, Moota, Cumbria


Moota Garden Centre is a family-run garden centre, located on the A595, at Moota, near Cockermouth, on the edge of the Lake District National Park.

Our garden centre is a wonderful place to explore, stocked with a wide selection of high quality plants, gardening products and tools. We’re a gardener’s garden centre. We’re passionate about plants and our team are always happy to give horticultural advice and provide solutions to your gardening problems. We’ll provide you with everything you need for a beautiful, healthy garden, including practical help and inspiration.

Excellent Customer Service

We value your custom and work hard to provide excellent customer service. Our friendly, helpful staff will welcome you with a smile and provide honest, professional customer care. Our customers are our most prized asset and we’ll do everything that we can to ensure that you enjoy your visit.

Five Star Coffee Shop

We have a five star rated coffee shop, where you can relax over a light lunch and a beverage. Our food is homemade and delicious!

We were awarded top marks (five stars) in ‘Scores on the Doors’, the national food hygiene rating scheme where you can find the official local authority hygiene ratings for food businesses

About the Owners

Moota Garden Centre is proudly owned and operated by the Simpson family – Brian, sons Ian & Neil. They each work in the business, keeping in touch with customers and dedicated to continually improving their services, products and facilities.

Opening a coffee shop at Moota, not only fits in with the history of the site, but also fits with the history and experience of the Simpson family.

Maternal grandparent, Hugh Gibson, started the successful family bakery business. In fact many people in the Whitehaven area still refer to Gibson’s pies and teacakes.  The family was also involved in farming, producing traditional, local food. More recently the family ran the Inglenook Caravan Park Tea Room.  While we might not be serving meat pies, we are still following in the tradition of supporting local producers by sourcing all our ingredients as close to Moota as possible.

Hugh Gibson outside his Market Place, Whitehaven shop (around 1933).

Hugh Gibson outside his Market Place, Whitehaven shop (around 1933).

About Moota

‘Moota’ – It’s a strange word isn’t it?  While the word might be unusual, it has a simple and very appropriate meaning,’meeting place’. For thousands of years Moota has been a place for friends to gather, a place for locals and visitors to relax – and dare we say it, a place to catch up on the gossip!

However, not all of those who have met here over the years had a choice in the matter, as Moota was also the site of a prisoner of war camp during the second world war. It is this connection that led to us naming our coffee shop ‘The Great Escape.’ You can find out some of the history of the POW camp here.