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The Orchard Tea Garden

47 Mill Way | The Tea Rooms, The Orchard, Grantchester CB3 9ND, England
+44 1223 840230
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good35%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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“scones” (274 reviews)
“quiche” (21 reviews)
“salad” (9 reviews)
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10:00 - 16:00All hours
Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
47 Mill Way | The Tea Rooms, The Orchard, Grantchester CB3 9ND, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We went here for an early lunch on a Saturday. As we arrived everyone was sitting out in the sunshine enjoying coffee and cakes etc and it suddenly started to rain. We dived in to the indoor seating area and managed to sit and one...More

Thank Jo T
Reviewed 5 days ago

Sitting in an English orchard sipping tea and eating scones - an experience everyone must sample. Delicious scones and variety of jams and tea or something more if you are peckish.

Thank Jo W
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

It was a grey and drizzly day, do not very busy at the orchard. We didn't have to queue at all. There was no indoor seating available because of a private function, so we sat outside. Fortunately the rain didn't become too heavy. The food...More

Thank Tim C
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Orchard Tea Garden is a very popular location for friends and families to come and eat and relax in deckstairs amoungst the apple trees. There are also two other room that can be hired independantly, we visited due to a Wedding reception being held...More

Thank sallyofthemanor
Reviewed 1 week ago

The scones are huge and great selection of teas and jam, loved the morello cherry which i have not tried before.Lucky we got there early as the place got busy , only downside is places under the orchard trees are taken quickly due to the...More

Thank adamrenfrew
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although I have worked in Cambridge off and on since 1974 this was my first visit and one off my bucket list. What a lovely experience. Fresh scones and clotted cream and jam with a pot of tea and proper cups. What's not to like!...More

Thank Gillian C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Still a good place to go, but the quality us no where near as good as it used to be, in the past were or appeared to be home made, now they are clearly bought in from a large supplier making it just another average...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely no concept of customer service! Hot food and 'Afternoon' tea is served in until 3pm. But you don't find this out until you have queued for an hour to get inside the shack/cafe. When this is raised with staff they are unhelpful at best,...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been here for coffee, cake, lunch etc many times, but my most recent visit felt different. Luckily the pay and display machine was out of order so that saved £3, however there a general feeling of the place being not so clean. The...More

Thank Jeanette S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On a sunny day there are few better things to do than walking from Cambridge along the river to Granchester and sitting out in The Orchard. Without a doubt it is pricey, and it could do with a bit of tlc (e.g. toilet door missing...More

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Dianne W
15 February 2017|
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Response from Charles B | Property representative |
The garden at the end of April should be lovely with the trees coming into blossom. Yes you can sit in the Pavilion if it is raining. It is the same as the Restaurant but because of its historical interest there is no... More
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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Average prices
USD 9 - USD 18
Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Kids, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 47 Mill Way | The Tea Rooms, The Orchard, Grantchester CB3 9ND, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cambridgeshire  >  Grantchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1223 840230
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Just a short stroll, bicycle ride, punt or car trip away from the bustle of Cambridge lies the Orchard Tea Garden in Grantchester; a corner of England where time stands still as the outside world rushes by. The Orchard, first planted in 1868, became a tea garden purely by chance. In 1897 a group of Cambridge students asked Mrs Stevenson, who lived in Orchard House and usually served tea and cakes from one of her front rooms or the garden, if she would serve them beneath the blossoming fruit trees of the Orchard. They were unaware that, on that spring morning, they had started a great Cambridge tradition and little has changed since then. It is still a rite of passage for every new undergraduate at Cambridge University to walk or cycle along the Grantchester Grind, or punt upstream to exchange the formal surroundings of the Backs, for the peace and tranquillity of the meandering River Cam and to enjoy home-made scones soaked in cream and covered in jam (or vice versa) at the Orchard Tea Garden The Orchard is renowned for the huge number of famous people who have enjoyed morning coffee, lunch, or afternoon tea in its genteel setting. Its luminaries including Rupert Brooke, Virginia Woolf, Bertrand Russel, Ludwig Wittgenstein, E.M. Forster, John Maynard Keynes, Alan Turing, Ernest Rutherford, and Watson and Crick to name but a few. By sitting under its trees, and sharing in the great English tradition of afternoon tea, one is following in the footsteps of generations of Cambridge students. Robin Callan, it former owner who saved the Orchard from redevelopment , bequeath what he called “God’s little acre” to charity when he died in April 2014 so that, in the words of Rupert Brooke, they remain “forever England”. Shortly before he died Callan wrote: “Without such places as The Orchard, with “its peace and holy quiet”, Cambridge will no longer produce great thinkers. How can it, if its environment does not allow its students and professors to hear themselves think?” Deliberately, the Orchard Tea Garden remains of a bygone era.
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