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The Orchard Tea Garden

47 Mill Way | The Tea Rooms, The Orchard, Grantchester CB3 9ND, England
+44 1223 840230
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good35%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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“scones” (298 reviews)
“cake” (50 reviews)
“quiche” (21 reviews)
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47 Mill Way | The Tea Rooms, The Orchard, Grantchester CB3 9ND, England
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1 - 10 of 837 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago

We stopped here on the day we walked to Grantchester and thoroughly enjoyed a good cup of coffee and a few of their delicious cakes and pastries. We sat outside in the warm September weather and it was very pleasant.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came back to the orchard today for lunch as I had been last week and had a lovely chicken and bacon pie, today didn't disappoint with a delicious cottage pie, definitely be back again soon!!

1  Thank 7789vioalfie
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited here today for lunch on a bike ride. We both had baguettes which were very un inspiring. I had a hot chocolate which was luke warm. The toilets were very dirty and the tea rooms weren’t very warm on a cold day. The view...More

Thank GClark90
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here whilst on a walk recently. A dose of nostalgia, but very pleasant with plenty of seating both inside and outside

Thank Madalyn H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very pretty spot with a lovely atmosphere. Enjoyed the rather bohemian setting- under the apple trees, laden with fruit, in a deckchair. My tea & cake was tikkety boo. Easy walk to the river and interesting village. Service was good although we were there very...More

Thank Katy A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a big scone with jam and cream, the tea was nice, and the setting is very pretty. We both loved it and would definitely go back in nice weather!

1  Thank Brooke P
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

A very beautiful setting and nice to walk to from Cambridge but I wouldn’t recommend the cafe. Highly priced food that is of satisfactory quality at best with not much variety. The furniture and general upkeep is also poor. Total tourist trap.

Thank Matt J
Reviewed 15 October 2017

We popped in for a coffee. Service was friendly-enough. Coffee was surprisingly decent price. The outside seating area with deckchairs and so forth under laden apple trees, is charming, though clearly of very long-standing. The historical connections are charming and described in a low-key way....More

Thank 301lisa33
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

A bit of a disgrace all round really. Cold coffee, dirty cups, rude staff, poorly maintained grounds, filthy outside tables and chairs. Won’t be back.

1  Thank Nigel S
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

We returned after a couple of years and were as delighted as before. The scones with cream are gorgeous and the welcome warm. Lovely situation and the walks mentioned on the website easy to follow. The point of this place is its history-please keep it...More

1  Thank waffler_2
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Dianne W
15 February 2017|
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Response from Charles B | Property representative |
The garden at the end of April should be lovely with the trees coming into blossom. Yes you can sit in the Pavilion if it is raining. It is the same as the Restaurant but because of its historical interest there is no... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 7 - US$ 27
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, View
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 47 Mill Way | The Tea Rooms, The Orchard, Grantchester CB3 9ND, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cambridgeshire  >  Grantchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1223 840230
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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
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