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The Tea Rooms, The Orchard, 47 Mill Way, Cambridge CB3 9ND, England
+44 1223 551125
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The history, the setting and the scones made for a delightful respite after walking from Cambridge. Perfect place to sit back, take some deep breaths and enjoy the surroundings. Self-service.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Orchard Tea Gardens offer traditional English charm and delicious cakes. A group of Red Hat ladies called the 'Fiery Fascinators' from Hertfordshire visited early September and really enjoyed the relaxed ambiance at our afternoon tea. We walked through the meadow, around the village and the church and had such an enjoyable day we've already decided to visit again next... More 

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Thank Margaret J
Lancashire, England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

We arrived for an early lunch and initially sat in the Orchard amongst lots of lovely apple trees. Within 5 minutes we were plagued by wasps. We moved inside where we enjoyed our cheese Ploughman's Lunch. Extensive food & drink options available. A fee is payable for the carpark but it is refundable when purchasing food. This is a lovely... More 

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Victoria Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

This is a nice place to stop for an afternoon tea as we did. Only best to visit on a good weather day, as it was lovely to sit outside under the orchard trees on the deck-chairs. We went during the week as it was a little quieter as it is popular and can be very busy. Whilst there we... More 

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Thank TravellersDownUnder
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Cycled to Grantchester to check out the tea rooms I've heard so much about. Was beautifully sunny and because it was November, it wasn't too busy and we found a seat outside. It's such a beautiful setting and surrounded by fields, the river and so great pubs (if you're so inclined) had a pot of tea and a Sunday roast,... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

The place is lovely.... Unfortunately after so so so many years..... Unless its miserable and raining......the queue is always long..... Spoils the visit every time

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Thank travellingwillbilly
Monza, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

I went to Grantchester few times last summer and this year I took there my mother on her birthday since I liked it very much. The weather wasn't good actually but it didn't rain. After a walk through the Grantchester Meadows, we reached this lovely place at the end of the path. The entrance with apple trees everywhere is very... More 

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Letchworth, Herts.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

A group of us visited toward the end of a cycle run. We secured our bikes at the stands just inside the entrance. We easily found shaded seating beneath the apple trees and enjoyed our teas.

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Northamptonshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

I seriously doubt that much has changed at this wonderful iconic part of Cambridge University life since the days when Rupert Brooke, Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes, Bertrand Russell, Augustus John, and the other Cambridge luminaries cycled out to Grantchester for a lazy afternoon languishing under the apple trees at The Orchard. Nothing, that is, except the prices, which to... More 

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Ashington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

If your near just go, It's a must, pick a sunny day though because it is unbeatable then. We walked but did notice the car park is £3.00. A lot parked on the road outside, quite a narrow road, maybe this should be rethought.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$17
Cuisine
Cafe, British, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 16:00
Monday
10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 16:00
Thursday
10:00 - 16:00
Friday
10:00 - 16:00
Saturday
10:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Tea Rooms, The Orchard, 47 Mill Way, Cambridge CB3 9ND, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cambridgeshire  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +44 1223 551125
Description
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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