I have been to the Orchard almost every year since I was a student in Cambridge rather a long time ago. Then it was a quiet place as likely visited by punt from the river as from a car. Now the car park is nearly always full and Grantchester has an overspill car park in a meadow by the road. It is best to go on a weekday and before the tourists are out and about if you want to capture the peace and quiet of taking tea in a Cambridgeshire orchard. Biking through Grantchester to the Orchard and then finding a deckchair to sit and eat scones and jam is a simply wonderful thing to do! You can look across the lovely setting of tables beneath the apple trees and imagine all the great poets, writers and philosophers who have sat where you are now doing just the same thing. If the queue for drinks and sandwiches is a bit long take a look around the Rupert Brooke exhibition until it is shorter. The museum is a little treasure and helps to understand the history of this romantic place.
Nowadays the deckchairs have written on them, ‘stolen from the orchard’ I hope this is sufficient warning!
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