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Address: The Tea Rooms, The Orchard, 47 Mill Way,, Cambridge CB3 9ND, England
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+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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Set in the countryside near Granchester, there is something about this place that just oozes "Cambridge" as you sit at a table eating cake and drinking tea. Though consider... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Set in the countryside near Granchester, there is something about this place that just oozes "Cambridge" as you sit at a table eating cake and drinking tea. Though consider yourself lucky for finding a table as when it's open it is generally heaving with people, which detracts from the ambience. There's a good range of cakes and such, but because... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Booked for Boxing Day tea following a walk around grantchester meadows. We were shown to our table in a large hall, felt like we were eating a school canteen. The table cloths,floor and cutlery were dirty. We were asked to order our food at the servers and we're astounded to find that the coffee was being made using one of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Obviously, summertime is the time to sit under the apple trees and listen to the buzz of bees and watch the birds pecking for crumbs and hoping on to your table for more, but I love to come here anytime, even when the wind's blowing and a coat and scarf is required. It's become my Sanctuary from the world outside.... More 

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

Thank you for your review. I am delighted you love the Orchard so. The very last thing we want is for you to be priced away from what others have decribed as God's little acre. Honestly, we did not introduce car parking charges to move customers along. It was solely to make sure that there are parking spaces for our... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016 via mobile

Fab dinner in the conservatory. This is a new venture for the Orchard and we were not disappointed. Thanks guys.

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

Thank you so much for your custom, kind post and encouraging support. We are trying to be "just a little bit better every day" and it is remarks like yours which makes it feel worthwhile for all of us at The Orchard Tea Garden. Do follow us on Facebook or Twitter to see what else we are doing throughout the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016 via mobile

Nice view with history! Sandwich, scone, cake, and tea would be good. Beautiful especially in spring

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016

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

I am really sorry you had a bad experience with the queue in July 2016. I am afraid in the summer we can suddenly get very busy, but last July we had a series of calamities with the tills which delayed our ability to process credit card payments. This was very distressing for our customers, staff and all those involved.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016 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 November 20, 2016

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 November 18, 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2016

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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