The Orchard Tea Garden

Currently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
  • Address: Mill Way, Grantchester, Cambridge CB3 9ND, England, United Kingdom
  • Timings: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +44-1223551125
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Historical Site, Dine In

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. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Cambridge itinerary 1 day.

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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  • 95% of people who visit Cambridge include The Orchard Tea Garden in their plan

  • 41.67% of people start their The Orchard Tea Garden visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see The Orchard Tea Garden

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94.51% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting The Orchard Tea Garden

People normally club together Cambridge University Botanic Garden and King's College Chapel while planning their visit to The Orchard Tea Garden.

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The Orchard Tea Garden, Cambridge Reviews

  • Good place for coffee and tea with scones. Cakes good but quite pricey; coffee good and strong but also quite pricey. Large (pay and display in season) car-park; a few on-road spaces outside. In good weather it's possible to sit in quite extensive gardens. In cold or wet weather there's plenty of space inside.

  • A place full of history associated in particularly with Rupert Brooke. More a place to take adults during winter, but a lovely place to eat out in the orchard during the warmer weather, plus a nice walk in the meadows by the side of the river. Food good and tasty, excellent service.

  • yrscore: F4, E4, R5 Fresh and delicious scone with a good range of tea to choose. The food on the menu is decent too. The garden is a lovely and serene place for afternoon tea in the summer. Having scones and tea in the garden is a very fulfilling British experience. Parking is free for two hours. Bring part of the parking ticket to the counter when you are buying food, they will deduct it from your meal. The only picks I have got is that it is slightly pricey and occasionally the chairs in the garden can be dirty. Been here a few times now. Would visit this place again when I am back!

  • Good place to chill. Big seating areas. Has outdoor sitting too. Good to sit out on a sunny day. Has a good menu to cater to all needs. Friendly staff. Parking on site.

  • 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!

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