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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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“quiche” (21 reviews)
“jacket potato” (10 reviews)
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47 Mill Way | The Tea Rooms, The Orchard, Grantchester CB3 9ND, England
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Reviewed yesterday

After having called in to some of the pubs nearby and was not prepared to pay way over the odds simply for being in Grantchester, we decided to walk to see what The Orchard Tea Garden had to offer. Well, my husband and I had...More

Thank wickydrews
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Its a great setting, with apple and other fruit trees all around, and it was positively lovely sitting outside in the early autumn weather. The tea was hot, but the scones were far too dry. They were, we suspect, yesterday's. Staff were nice, but check...More

Thank Steve K
Reviewed 1 week ago

The name of the café certainly is very descriptive. There are tables and chairs and deckchairs in a large orchard garden. There is also indoor seating for when the weather is not so good. It is a self service café, we had tea and scones...More

Thank Dennis P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Positives Carrot cake and sandwiches lovely as was the member of staff who served us very pleasant. The orchard looks lovely to (it was drizzly when we came so we sat inside) inside needs redecorating it's downright dreary and tatty and it really wouldn't take...More

2  Thank Carla L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked from Cambridge to Grantchester across the meadows and this is a welcome and appropriate end to a lovely walk. The beautiful orchard is scattered with deckchairs and tables. Unfortunately it began to spot with rain as we arrived so we headed inside for...More

Thank velocireb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent a very pleasant time having tea here and just sitting in the deckchairs which are strewn around the orchard, soaking up the Englishness of the setting. It has been here for some 120 years and I imagine hasn't changed much since the days...More

Thank 446MikeE446
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tea rooms were a must go visit but it was difficult to find form the river where we were punting! Tea options were good and the cakes looked delicious, although no gluten free options obvious. A nice setting for a brief stop.

Thank Alison C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Glorious weather so the shelter of the trees was very welcome. Very busy but adequately staffed so not TOO long in the queue. Good relaxing half-hour break just soaking up the truly English ambience.

Thank Veronica H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a Virginia Woolf Tea here, two scones (plain & fruit) served with clotted cream and strawberry jam, four types of finger sandwiches, a slice of chocolate cake and cream eclair with your choice of tea or coffee. Too much to eat in one sitting...More

Thank Travellers_W0rldwide
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've been wanting to visit this famous tea garden for years. Very quiet at the counter so served quickly. Loads of deckchairs outside to sit enjoying scones, cream and jam. Thoroughly relaxing and enjoyable visit.

1  Thank propmill
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Dianne W
14 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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Average prices
US$7 - US$27
Breakfast, Brunch, Drinks, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, View
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
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09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
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
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