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Mersham-le-Hatch Village | Hythe Road A20, Mersham, Ashford TN25 6NH, England
+44 1233 501586
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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4 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visit regularly (weekly) with family and the Secret Garden always offers great food and drink in beautiful surroundings. The staff are very attentive to customers and go out of their way to offer an 'experience' not just a meal. There are very few quality options around Ashford, the Secret Garden standing head and shoulders above others as a very... More 

Thank RobPrince
Lyon, France
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97 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed February 13, 2017

We went for afternoon tea to the Secret Garden & it really was delightful. The setting is lovely , an old country house stable block adjacent to a walled garden. The staff were charming & attentive - more than happy to act as camera man. The tea itself was stupendous - For three of us - 16 sandwiches, 6 scones... More 

2 Thank PeterDeering
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited for lunch with friends. Beautiful setting. Great service, huge portions and delicious cakes! Highly recommend a visit.

Thank Clou L
Broadstairs, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My friend hired this place for a birthday afternoon tea. There was a very large group of us. However, I had to have a separate menu due to my severe gluten intolerance, the food was dry and the sandwiches had very limited filling. The waiter was incredibly rude to me at the start once we had been seated and spoke... More 

7 Thank _perrya53
secretgardenkent, Manager at The Secret Garden, responded to this review

This review was from a visit a year ago and we apologised in full at the time and compensated the person who organised this booking. The member of staff left employment immediately, as they did not represent Secret Garden. We have had email correspondence from this guest, and have apologised in full. More 

Ashford, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I had a very good meal. All the food cooked fresh to order with great service. Not the cheapest but very good quality will definitely use again

Thank Martin8858
Ashford, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not enough sandwiches, fruit scones hard and dry, though plain ones lovely Only one pot of tea, bought to the table with no offer of more

4 Thank 24Maureen
secretgardenkent, Manager at The Secret Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we make the scones fresh every day and we always refill Tea and Coffee Pots. All Afternoon Teas are served with 4 finger Sandwiches each. Please could you contact us. 01233 501586 More 

Ashford, Kent
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had heard good things so we booked an afternoon tea for my mums birthday. We had to wait 45 minutes before being served our food and they weren't busy - only 5 tables with customers. They delivered our tea and didn't even offer sugar, we had to go and ask. When it eventually came, the sugar bowl had been... More 

3 Thank Helen B
secretgardenkent, Manager at The Secret Garden, responded to this review

Dear Helen Thank you for your review, we try and serve guests within 15 mins. We always have a little wait as the scones are fresh in the oven. We would have happily served you more, but all guests receive 4 finger sandwiches, 2 scones and 4 sweet delights along with clotted cream and Jam. The majority of customers cannot... More 

Maidstone, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went for afternoon tea with a friend. What a great experience, firstly make sure you book in advance as it was very busy. The waiter gave us the option of seats indoors or outside, we decided on indoors, but we were given a great table next to window. Service was fantastic, and the food quality especially the cake selection was... More 

Thank Paul R
Kent, England
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed March 18, 2017

We had the afternoon tea with a glass of prosecco. Loads of food - and a cardboard box offered to take away any leftovers. The quality of everything: sandwiches, scones, cakes, tea, was outstanding. The service was also pitched exactly right - attentive and fun. This was a gift from friends, but we will certainly return on our own account.... More 

Thank Granton
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19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed March 16, 2017

this is the first time ive been here and it is lovely. we had arranged a birthday afternoon tea for our friend and it was perfect, the sun shined which meant we could sit outside with a brilliant view over the gardens. we had the traditional tea, which was gorgeous, sandwiches, scones and cakes. and lots of never ending coffee... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$24 - $48
British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Scenic view, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mersham-le-Hatch Village | Hythe Road A20, Mersham, Ashford TN25 6NH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Ashford  >  Mersham
  • Phone Number: +44 1233 501586
Located within the Mersham-le-Hatch business village in Kent, The Secret Garden is a relaxed and cosy country restaurant with views over a large Victorian walled garden. This restaurant is popular with locals, shoppers and weary motorists for leisurely lunches, and the kitchen here grows its own seasonal fruit and veggies as well as cut flowers and herbs. The bustling dining room is decorated with oak floor, wooden furniture and blackboard menus, and the historic garden is open to visitors. The restaurant also has a sunny terrace for al fresco dining, and a food hall stocked with local produce such as jams and cakes and wine and beer.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?