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
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Historical Site, Dine In

The Orchard Tea Garden - Review

‘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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  • The Orchard Tea Garden Address: Mill Way, Grantchester, Cambridge CB3 9ND, England, United Kingdom
  • The Orchard Tea Garden Contact Number: +44-1223551125
  • The Orchard Tea Garden Timing: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm
  • The Orchard Tea Garden Price: Free
  • Best time to visit The Orchard Tea Garden(preferred time): 11:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Time required to visit The Orchard Tea Garden: 01:00 Hrs
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  • 95% of people who visit Cambridge include The Orchard Tea Garden in their plan

  • 41.29% 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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94.52% 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

  • Unique and Absolute Must! - Take the walking trail if you're in Cambridge! It's a unique location and a experience that will forever remind me of the Village of Grantchester. This place is unlike any other, the selection of breakfast items is great and the atmosphere relaxed and calming. I would recommend this when the weather is at its best to get the whole experience and to be able to dine in the actual orchard. There is indoor seating but then I would think you'd just be in another delightful cafe. The tea selection is great here and get a scone they are delicious. If the weather is good and you're coming from Cambridge take the walking trail from the city its just as relaxing and enjoyable as the dining experience.

  • A lovely relaxing place for the whole family... beautiful grounds and a river nearby. Lovely food and great produce although prices are very high, 2 cans of coke and a small carton of kids juice was 5 pounds. Only other negative is that unless early the parking fills quickly and they charge to park... a bit unfair if using the tea room as that is also quite costly. But still a lovely day out with plenty of room to sit.

  • Lovely place to chill out on a Sunday afternoon or for that matter any day if you have the time. Can't say the food is great. Standards in British cuisine have risen tremendously but this place it is stuck in time and the only traditional item worth considering will be the scones and tea. But even these are much better mostly everywhere else.

  • A nice place to sit outside but no effort at all was made with our salads. Some smoked salmon surrounded by lettuce with a small amount of tomato and cucumber. It couldn't have been more boring or less value for money.

  • Visitee a number of times and always a lovely place to relax on a nice day. Scones and cakes very good. Service can be somewhat slow and the place is extremely busy at the weekends in the summer so expect long queues (30min+ not uncommon) to be served and then a struggle to find a table outside in the orchard. Would recommend a midweek visit as it's far more relaxing experience!

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