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Queens English Garden & Strawberry Farm: A Return Visit

After my initial visit to Queens Strawberry Farm Tagaytay in March, 2022, where I shared my honest thoughts about the experience, I couldn’t help but wonder how much progress has been made since then. With a curiosity sparked by the hope of witnessing positive changes, I returned to the farm on a sunny morning in March 2024. Here’s my updated review and impressions.

Review of Queens English Garden and Strawberry Farm: March 2024 Visit

Upon my return to Queens English Garden and Strawberry Farm in March 2024, formerly known as Queens Strawberry Farm, I was optimistic about experiencing notable improvements.

However, as I explored the premises around 10:00 AM, amidst the warm embrace of the humid, morning sun, it became apparent that my expectations may not align with the current situation. It’s worth noting that the summer heat might have influenced my perception, and I want to acknowledge that my visits coincidentally occurred at similar times.

Thus, I’m unsure if these observations hold true throughout the year. I aim to provide an honest assessment while maintaining a friendly and respectful tone, with no intention of causing any undue concern towards the reader.

Observations and Impressions

Firstly, I noticed that they have upgraded their ticketing system, which now boasts a more polished design. The pricing remains unchanged compared to my previous visit in March 2022.

Queens English Garden & Strawberry Farm: A Return Visit

Additionally, they now offer breakfast buffet during weekends & holidays priced at ₱499 pesos, lunch and dinner buffet, priced at ₱699 pesos respectively.  

Queens English Garden & Strawberry Farm: Buffet

Furthermore, despite the change in name to Queens English Garden and Strawberry Farm, the presence of strawberries seemed scarce. The booth selling strawberries on sticks was unavailable during my visit, and inquiries with staff revealed that strawberries were not currently available, possibly due to seasonal factors.

Queens English Garden & Strawberry Farm: Strawberries on Stick

Exploring the Premises

As I explored the premises, I noticed some changes in theme, including the addition of peculiar decorative items such as a English-themed statues, a phone box and printed UK flags all over. While the restaurant boasted an attractive design and ambiance, it appeared to be the highlight of the establishment.

Regrettably, my disappointment continued as I encountered ongoing construction and limited operational facilities. The cafe, Victoria, was closed, and the playground, although finally completed, lacked proper maintenance. 

Queens English Garden & Strawberry Farm Strawberry Brittle

A Bright Spot Amidst Disappointment

Despite these challenges, one positive aspect of the visit was the opportunity to enjoy a tasty treat from the entrance store. The entrance fee, which is consumable, allowed me to purchase a delightful strawberry brittle priced at 150 pesos. In fairness, it tasted quite good.

Last & Final Thoughts

I find it difficult to recommend Queens English Garden and Strawberry Farm as a destination worth revisiting. While my experience may be subjective, the lack of significant improvements and operational challenges encountered during my visit contribute to my reluctance to return. Perhaps future visits during different seasons may yield different experiences, but for now, I remain unconvinced of a return visit.

Below is the previous blog post from March 2022 for comparison.

Queens Strawberry Farm Tagaytay – What's This New Destination Like?

DISCLAIMER

All opinions are of my own. NO compensation received. Opinions expressed belong to Kat&Beyond and are NOT influenced in any way. This personal review is based on March 2022 visit. Was it worth the drive? Read on to find out more about my thoughts on this new destination, and if you should make the trip too!

Who doesn’t get wanderlust while browsing social media? I found myself attracted to places featured on TikTok videos after long periods of restricted traveling. One place that caught my eye is Queens Strawberry Farm Tagaytay. The inviting entrance and façade seemed promising, so I decided to take a trip down to Tagaytay to see if it lives up to the hype.

Queens Strawberry Farm Tagaytay Is Still On Soft Opening

We arrived without a clue that the area was under soft opening. We decided to manage our expectations, then give the place a chance. After all, there’s a reason why it looked so enticing on TikTok!

Queens Strawberry Farm Tickets

Entrance was simple and affordable: Php 50 per visitor for a consumable ticket, with an additional Php 10 for every fish feed bag. Look into spending for the latter if you want to spend time with the fish.

The first thing we noticed upon entry was that the staff were very preoccupied. They were still busy painting as well as fixing up the area. I was a bit disappointed as we roamed around. Much of the place was still clearly under construction. It’s not a welcome sight if, like us, you had to drive quite a distance from the city!

Strawberries Still Underway, But Check Out The Fishing Activity When It’s Ready

Maybe it was because the farm was still under development, but we didn’t see any strawberries. It doesn’t come close to the promise of the name. The ponds outside were still quite green, while the roofed ones only contained koi fish.

There was a fishing activity advertised on the grounds. For Php 50, you’d get to fish for half an hour to catch tilapia. If you catch fish, you’ll pay Php 250/kg, then an additional Php 100/kg as a cooking charge. Pretty pricey for a fish! Lastly, there’s a cleaning only charge at Php 80/kg.

Queens Fishing Village

They Have A Way To Go Before Visitors Can Enjoy

Despite these disappointments, there were also some good ideas underway. There was a play area for kids under construction with a merry-go-round. The place itself is very serene and picturesque – very IG-worthy, especially the restaurant! It nearly tempted us to stay and eat there.

However, in the end we left without claiming the consumable entrance fee. It was a pity we couldn’t stay to taste any of the specialty dishes. But we were determined because the staff were clearly flustered. We didn’t want to get in their way and add to the fuss.

Queens Strawberry Farm Tagaytay Venue

It’s a great place for events. But it’s going to take some time and polishing for the facilities before I can wholeheartedly recommend this for a drive out from the busy city. For now, I suggest people just keep an eye on how things go and see if they want to visit for themselves.

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