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The Orchard Tea Garden

Mill Way | Grantchester, Cambridge CB3 9ND, England
01223 551125
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Ranked #30 of 107 Attractions in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Activities: Dining
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The tearooms and orchard have expanded greatly from its charming origins and is now run by a charitable trust, and is commercialised. The deckchairs under the trees are still there but there has been a great increase in the infrastructure including a car park for which a charge is made. The tea and food were good, but highly priced for... More

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Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The garden is lovely to sit in (so long as you don't mind wasps) but I think the food is overpriced and a bit average. It is a bit stuck in a timewarp (they don't do any posh coffee) and I think I make better scones at home. I was a bit disappointed with this place and I don't think... More

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

nice and peaceful to sit in the sun not to far from anstey hall a good walk food is good not cheep apples a very good

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

When I first visited a few years ago I thought it was Lovley, very relaxing but.... After going back this year personally I think it's the sort of place that once visited you Dnt nessersarily get that same feeling again! Staff are like robots could do with smiling a bit more especially as the food is so over priced! Also... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I've come here a number of times over the years and never leave disappointed. I've always walked from Cambridge (lovely 30min walk along the canal) or caught a bus, so I can't comment on the introduced parking charges. The scones are generally quite good, on this occasion the tea was luke warm, never had this before! That disappointment aside, it's... More

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Bishops Stortford
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This was my first visit to The Orchard.Had read many views on here,but,went open-minded.We parked the car along the road so had no car parking charges.(The car park was nearly empty).My daughter and I had scones and tea.Scones were fine,albeit cold and being able to sit in the garden was lovely.(I personally think the grass needed a cut.). To me... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Sadly The Orchard Tea Garden appears to have gone down hill! Having enjoyed many visits over the years, I returned this week having not visited for some time. What a disappointing experience this proved to be. The first unpleasant surprise was the car park charge, which is pretty steep. The service was poor, the food overpriced and not at all... More

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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

After a session of punting on the Cam, we headed out of the city to Grantchester to take afternoon tea. The orchard here is a delight and was a lot bigger than we'd imagined. We had no trouble finding a table beneath the apple & pear trees. We took a light lunch and a cream tea to follow. The food... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Visited today after being away from Cambridge for a year, much has changed and none of it for the better. Hefty car park charges, mediocre but very expensive food (and awful, weak coffee), but worst of all, the little museum with all those wonderful photos, letters, press cuttings, is now closed. The rooms on the ends of the building now... More

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Charles B, General Manager at The Orchard Tea Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for posting your review. Like you, we are saddened by the fact that the Rupert Brooke Museum is temporarily shut, particularly in this the 100th anniversary of World War 1. Perhaps I might put the issue you raise into some context. Hopefully, this will enable you to reflect on whether the sarcasm of your words were entirely appropriate.... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I returned to The Orchard after a break of three years. I thought the notice about the car parking fees was inappropriate. The cream tea was poor- a plastic container of cream and a pot of jam, a bit more effort required please! The tea pot lid was hanging off. Slow service at the counter but lots of staff, one... More

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