The Orchard Tea Garden

Currently Open [Closes at 04:00 pm]
  • Address: Mill Way, Grantchester, Cambridge CB3 9ND, England, United Kingdom
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  • 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

‘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.

  • 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.

  • They serve morning coffee, lunches and afternoon tea.

  • 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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  • 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

  • 41.48% of people start their The Orchard Tea Garden visit around 11 AM - 12 PM

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

Monday, Thursday and Sunday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting The Orchard Tea Garden

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

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
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  • Set in a huge orchard with deck chairs to enjoy the sun, so really nice spot to enjoy some lunch and lots for kids to explore. Food was alright, nothing too impressive but very tasty and reasonably priced. Interior a bit tired but on a nice day you'd want to be outside anyway. Service was a little slow.

  • lovely setting, sitting on deck chairs in the historic orchard. Food is great, the full English breakfast was well cooked and made from quality ingredients. The cakes are also really nice and the selection of teas and coffee is good. They also stock a fine range of craft beers and ales.

  • Really disappointing. We were looking forward to refreshing drinks after a long morning walk in sunshine. Told at least 45 min wait. Only one overworked member of staff trying to cope with long queue of potential customers. Presume that was also reason for toilet rolls not having been re-stocked in ladies either! Not a good impression for visitors. Great location. You do have to pay for parking. As another reviewer suggested, plan ahead, walk through the Orchard on the footpath to the river and sit with your own picnic! I am sure when it is less busy, the Orchard is very enjoyable..perhaps it has been overcome by its own popularity!

  • Lovely walk/ride from Cambridge through fields and cows to this orchard. Nice place to chill on a sunny day however the cakes and scones were not very nice and coffee is from a push button machine. Shame as this could be a really amazing little place.

  • Superb place to meet up. Great for families, and friends. Plenty of room for kids to let off steam as well as grandparents.

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