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Welcome to The Orchard Tea Garden, Est. 1897

“Of a time gone by”

Just a short stroll, bicycle ride, punt or car trip away from the bustle of Cambridge lays the Orchard Tea Garden in Grantchester; where time stands still as the outside world rushes by. Deliberately, the Orchard Tea Garden remains of a bygone era.

For 120 years it has been a rite of passage for every 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, to enjoy the 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.

Sometimes called “God’s little acre,” it remains, in the words of Rupert Brooke, “forever England;” a place where peace and holy quiet can be found.

Open throughout the year

The Orchard Tea Garden is open every day come rain or shine, except for a few days at Christmas – please see for details.

In the summer guests sit in traditional English deckchairs under the fruit trees and in the winter, the warm Pavilion, with it Rupert Brooke memorabilia, takes centre stage.

Weddings, Parties and Meetings

The Rupert Brooke Room is a unique setting and is available for hire dinner parties, wedding receptions and functions catering for up to 75 people.

The Board Room, in the Old Museum, makes an ideal meeting room for up to 10 people seeking somewhere quiet for a private meeting or an away day.

Food Served Throughout the Day

  • Freshly home-made scones served with Jam and Clotted Cream.
  • A selection of cakes and tray bakes.
  • A wide selection of teas, fruit teas, coffees, soft drinks.
  • A selection of wines, champagnes, bottled beers, lager, and cider.

From opening time until 11.30am

  • Cooked English Breakfast

From 11am until 3pm

  • Light lunches with a hot daily special, a soup of the day served with home-made bread, the renowned Orchard quiches, ploughman’s lunches and a selection of Sandwiches, baguettes and jacket potatoes.  Vegetarian options are available.


The tea gardens can accommodate a large number of people so for small parties it is not normally necessary to book. However, there is a booking facility on our web site at

Those interest in booking the Rupert Brooke Room for a wedding or party or the Board Room for a meeting should contact the General Manager on Tel 01223 840230

Rupert Brooke Museum

The Rupert Brooke Museum is currently closed. It is hoped that it will reopen in a new home close by shortly


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