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The Orchard Tea Garden

47 Mill Way | The Tea Rooms, The Orchard, Grantchester CB3 9ND, England
+44 1223 840230
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Overview
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good35%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“scones” (223 reviews)
“quiche” (21 reviews)
“cake” (43 reviews)
Opens in 18 min
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Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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47 Mill Way | The Tea Rooms, The Orchard, Grantchester CB3 9ND, England
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1 - 10 of 827 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

let's be honest, no one should come to The Orchard for the food and drink - that's entirely incidental to the experience. It's been here and seemingly unchanged as long as I've known Cambridge (well, Grantchester, actually). Whether you visit by punt on the Cam...More

Thank TheSciolist
Reviewed 4 days ago

Came here with a friend, initially just for a drink before heading into Cambridge. It was the hottest day of the year and just sitting here in the shade of the trees was perfect so we ended up having a delicious lunch (the chips are...More

Thank MidLifeMini
Reviewed 4 days ago

This really is a well established venue in all weathers for meeting up over teas/coffees and healthy foodstuffs all prepared on the premises. It is particularly good on hot sultry summer days because it provides deck chairs and garden tables in a wonderfully quintessential English...More

1  Thank JemimaCambridge
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice atmosphere and cream tea, interesting history. Yes deckchairs are a bit dirty and low but not too bad.

Thank thehungrymeerkat
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We walked to this spot from Hauxton which took about an hour. It was a lovely day and deck chairs amongst the trees in the orchard made for a lovely cool spot in the heat. There was a super selection of food and drinks which...More

Thank 56stuart
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For a real English experience visit the Orchard Tea Garden in Grantchester, close to Cambridge where you can recline on deckchairs under the trees as you consume scones with clotted cream with a good cup of tea. There are lots of light lunch choices too,(...More

Thank Barbara B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went to this amazing place for the first time and it blew my mind... very peaceful orchard with wooden table and dock chairs.. there is a little restaurant.. parking is free if you are staying and buying food. Loved my cream scone and coffee.. I...More

Thank Indrani C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having surveyed the tea rooms after a walk from Newnham I decided to return with my wife at a later date for afternoon tea. We have just done that and were badly disappointed with the experience. As others have said, dirty deckchairs are not for...More

1  Thank LangleyMonty
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My girlfriend and I popped to Grantchester and decided to visit The Orchard Tea Gardens for a bite to eat. We joined the end of the queue around 14:50 and chose to opt for a baguette and a bottle of apple juice. We arrived at...More

2  Thank Adam J
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

The setting is wonderful and there is plenty of space to relax and take in the surroundings. When we arrived they had run out of plates but when prompted more were brought out. Really liked the scones and the choice of jam. Also served with...More

Thank Rebster85
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Dianne W
Weather permitting, can we sit in the garden at the end of April? If not, and we have to sit in the pavilion, is that the same as the restaurant?
15 February 2017|
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Response from Charles B | Property representative |
The garden at the end of April should be lovely with the trees coming into blossom. Yes you can sit in the Pavilion if it is raining. It is the same as the Restaurant but because of its historical interest there is no... More
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$9 - US$18
Meals
Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Kids, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 16:00
Monday
10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 16:00
Thursday
10:00 - 16:00
Friday
10:00 - 16:00
Saturday
10:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 47 Mill Way | The Tea Rooms, The Orchard, Grantchester CB3 9ND, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cambridgeshire  >  Grantchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1223 840230
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Description
Just a short stroll, bicycle ride, punt or car trip away from the bustle of Cambridge lies the Orchard Tea Garden in Grantchester; a corner of England where time stands still as the outside world rushes by.

The Orchard, first planted in 1868, became a tea garden purely by chance. In 1897 a group of Cambridge students asked Mrs Stevenson, who lived in Orchard House and usually served tea and cakes from one of her front rooms or the garden, if she would serve them beneath the blossoming fruit trees of the Orchard. They were unaware that, on that spring morning, they had started a great Cambridge tradition and little has changed since then. It is still a rite of passage for every new undergraduate at Cambridge University to walk or cycle along the Grantchester Grind, or punt upstream to exchange the formal surroundings of the Backs, for the peace and tranquillity of the meandering River Cam and to enjoy home-made scones soaked in cream and covered in jam (or vice versa) at the Orchard Tea Garden

The Orchard is renowned for the huge number of famous people who have enjoyed morning coffee, lunch, or afternoon tea in its genteel setting. Its luminaries including Rupert Brooke, Virginia Woolf, Bertrand Russel, Ludwig Wittgenstein, E.M. Forster, John Maynard Keynes, Alan Turing, Ernest Rutherford, and Watson and Crick to name but a few. By sitting under its trees, and sharing in the great English tradition of afternoon tea, one is following in the footsteps of generations of Cambridge students.

Robin Callan, it former owner who saved the Orchard from redevelopment , bequeath what he called “God’s little acre” to charity when he died in April 2014 so that, in the words of Rupert Brooke, they remain “forever England”. Shortly before he died Callan wrote: “Without such places as The Orchard, with “its peace and holy quiet”, Cambridge will no longer produce great thinkers. How can it, if its environment does not allow its students and professors to hear themselves think?”

Deliberately, the Orchard Tea Garden remains of a bygone era.
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