The Orchard Tea Garden1268 Votes Currently Open
- 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
‘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 Travel Tips
- 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 Hours
- They serve morning coffee, lunches and afternoon tea.
How to Reach The Orchard Tea Garden
- 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.
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95% of people who visit Cambridge include The Orchard Tea Garden in their plan
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41.48% of people start their The Orchard Tea Garden visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
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