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Address: Mill Way | Mill Way, Grantchester, Cambridge CB3 9ND, England
Phone Number: +44 1223 551125
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The Orchard Tea Garden, has been serving morning coffee, light lunches and...

The Orchard Tea Garden, has been serving morning coffee, light lunches and afternoon tea in its pavilion and under its trees, in an oasis of thought-provoking calm, for nearly 120 years, and becoming an essential part of Cambridge life.

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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Beautiful place to start

We had breakfast here and went on into Cambridge this is a perfect place to start any Cambridge trip the breakfast was wonderful and such a beautiful and historic setting could... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The enjoyment of the lovely Orchard Tea Garden is totally ruined by the inability of the staff to run an efficient self service cafe. I have never known anywhere so slow and inefficient. A friend and I waited for a full hour to reach the front of the queue in July. The Tea Garden is extremely popular but I have... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had breakfast here and went on into Cambridge this is a perfect place to start any Cambridge trip the breakfast was wonderful and such a beautiful and historic setting could not have set us better for a lovely day!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent cream teas, sandwiches and cakes eaten in the shade of an old orchard. Very popular, bit of a queue to get food.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quirky but brilliant. There's a feeling of nostalgia here, along with very fine tea time treats. Find a seat or table even under a tree and treat yourself to buns and cakes and teas and sandwiches - whatever. Even better is the walk before or after the visit, in Grantchester Meadows. Sit by the river, talk, chat or just revel... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved sitting among the apple trees having coffee, though you can sit inside in the cold weather from coffee and cake to meals available

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

without a doubt this is such a pretty setting and lovely on a sunny day in Oct, but the coffee was a huge disappointment. No proper coffee machine to make fresh coffee or cappuccinos, just one of those preset coffee machines . Come on Orchard tea rooms invest !!!!!!

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

I am really sorry you didn't like our coffee. Until about six weeks ago we only served filter coffee but we knew we had to improve and alas this was our improvement. We deliberate chose, and invested in, a pre-set coffee machine, albeit that they are more expensive, because we thought the banging and hissing which goes with a barista... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

Perfect for dog walking on a sunday afternoon. If you enjoy big long walks, you could walk for miles and then return for a really yummy pot of tea and cakes/scones with cream and jam. Sitting outside on the giant deck chairs is the best place to sit, of course its not suitable for the wet and windy weather in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

I came here with my dad and in-laws. It was a bit cold to sit outside, although the gardens looked great as usual. Lots of lovely trees with fruits ready for picking, such a lovely atmosphere. We found a table on the inside to keep warm. It wasn't busy and it was nice and warm. The food came quickly and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

A quaint, English tradition can be found in the Grantchester Tea rooms. An extremely popular place to relax sit and eat especially in the summer. When you can lounge in deck chairs in the orchard outside.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

After walking along the river from Cambridge, this delightfully situated tea house was a perfect stop before heading back to town by taxi.

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