45-47 Mill Way, Grantchester, CB3 9ND,
01223 551 125
Tea under Trees
Sometimes Cambridge can be a little overwhelming. With all the narrow roads, congested traffic, and swarms of cycling students, sometimes you might need to get away for a morning or an afternoon. One safe haven from city life is the Orchard Tea Garden in Grantchester, famous for its world-renowned guests and its delicious scones served beneath the shade of apple blossoms.
The orchard was first planted in 1868, and it has been a tea garden since 1897. It was home to famous English poet Rupert Brooke, who occasionally wrote about the garden in his poems. The Tea Garden has also been visited by authors such as Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath, famous economist John Maynard Keynes, and eminent scientist Stephen Hawking.
The Orchard Tea Garden offers an assortment of teas, coffee, and scones with jam or clotted cream, as well as a variety of red and white wines. Lunch at the Orchard Tea Garden – which is served from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm – consists of anything from brie and cranberry sandwiches to smoked salmon and cream cheese baguettes to homemade quiche. The Tea Garden is a twenty minute bike ride from Cambridge along the River Cam, and is the perfect place for a morning amble in the cool summer air.
The Orchard Tea Garden is open seven days a week throughout the year, though it closes some days during the Christmas season. If you are looking to get away from the hectic city life, or if you are simply looking to find a nice cup of tea, then the Orchard Tea Garden is the place for you.