The Orchard Tea Garden, Cambridge

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Address: Mill Way, Grantchester, Cambridge CB3 9ND, England

Phone: +44-1223551125

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Time Required: 01:00 Hrs

Timings: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm Details

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About The Orchard Tea Garden, Cambridge

‘Stands the church clock at ten-to-three?And is there honey still for tea?’ wrote Rupert Brooke in his poem ‘The Old Vicarage, Grantchester.’

And is there a lovelier way to spend an English holiday than to immerse your tongue in some sweet brew, while gazing at leaves glazed in the morning dew? It’s this shared sentiment between poet and tourists that has made the lovely Orchard Tea Garden, a place of relaxation, conversation and, of course, tea time.

The Orchard’s story began in 1987, when a group of Cambridge students asked the landlady of Orchard House whether they could take their tea out in the orchard, to which she agreed. This soon became a habit and the orchard began to grow in popularity. In 1909, an immensely popular graduate student, Rupert Brooke, took up lodgings in the House and this soon cemented its position as a meeting place for Cambridge students.

Young Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes, E.M.Forster and Bertrand Russel, amongst many others, would gather there to spend time with the handsome and enigmatic Brooke. Over time, this tradition only grew stronger, with many of Cambridge’s student population spending their afternoon tea time amongst the orchard trees. Rupert Brooke passed away in 1915, aged 27 but his memory lives on in the orchard he once immortalized in poetry.

Today, the Orchard is still a slice of absolute peace, away from the hustle and bustle of the college area. Morning coffee, light luncheons and other small snacks and tidbits are served throughout the day and you can relish them, slowly, while sitting in the gentle sunlight. Students and visitors alike are drawn here in memory of the poet, and many other famous writers, scientists, politicians and philosophers who spent their days here, sipping tea and lost in their thoughts. There will always be honey for tea amongst these trees, whenever you please.

The Orchard Tea Garden Information

  • Picnics are not allowed.
  • Only food and drinks purchased at the premises are allowed to be consumed there.
  • Dogs are allowed in but must be cleaned up after.
  • Parking is strictly reserved for patrons while they are on the premises.
  • In the winter, the Pavilion takes centre stage and delicious hot lunches and 'winter teas' are served in the atmospheric setting.

The Orchard Tea Garden Opening and Closing Hours

  • They serve morning coffee, lunches and afternoon tea.

How To reach The Orchard Tea Garden by Public Transport

  • The Orchard is situated on Mill Way, just below the Church.Many people enjoy walking or cycling to The Orchard from Cambridge along the famous Grantchester Meadows.

Restaurants Near The Orchard Tea Garden

  • The Orchid (Tea, Light luncheon)
  • The Green Man (British, Gastro-pub)
  • The Rupert Brooke (British)
  • The Unicorn (Contemporary)

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The Orchard Tea Garden, Cambridge Reviews

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  • Lovely place to have afternoon tea, family friendly and country like 😉 Everything served felt home made and the portions were really huge. The grounds are large and must look amazing in the summer. Staff very helpful and even though we arrived a little early, we were shown our table and sitted. The cakes were really yummy as were the sandwiches. The scones were not warm which is why the 3 star rating. Plan to go again in the spring/ summer and enjoy the garden space!

  • A lovely setting for the summer time. An active orchard. Tea and scones and other amenities are not particularly cheap, but the seem posh. Very popular destination in Cambridge. Also has historical significance as some well known poets had gathered and written there.

  • It was a wonderful place to enjoy an afternoon tea and talk to the friends. I would love to go again in the summer time, so I may enjoy the outside tables under the apple tree. A must go place at Cambridge!

  • Big garden, beautiful setting in the autumn. They serve (amongst others) tea and English biscuits. Great place for an English style afternoon get-together with family or friends. It's also worthwhile to take a hike from Cambridge as the surrounding area is very nice.

  • This place is truly lovely in Summer. I could sit out here in the sun for hours eating their generous scones and jam and reading a book. There is parking here although some cost. Some is refunded when you purchase food or drink. The coffee is very good as are the freshly made sandwiches and cakes. I reccomend it for lunch with family.

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