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Orchard Tea Gardens – Covid-19 closure notice

As a result of the UK Government’s Covid-19 mitigation instructions, I am saddened to report that the Orchard Tea Garden closed for business on Friday 20th March 2020. We will remain closed until we are advised by the Government that we can re-open.

If you wish to contact us please email: enquiries@theorchardteagarden.co.uk or telephone 01223 840230 and leave a voicemail message.

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The Orchard has closed three times in its 125 year history; World War I, World War II and when it was threatened with redevelopment for housing in the 1990’s. This will be the fourth time. Each of these times it has come through, and I am sure it will do so again.

Thank you for all your support and kindness over the years. Please keep safe and we look forward to seeing you again when we reopen.

Orchard Tea Garden Limited. The Tea Rooms, The Orchard, 47 Mill Way, Grantchester, Cambridge, CB3 9ND.

The Orchard, a corner of England where time stands still as the world rushes by. Relax, enjoy the genteel setting and soak up the atmosphere of a bygone era.

Tea drinking, that most quintessential of English customs is, perhaps surprisingly, a relatively new tradition for, whilst the custom of drinking tea dates back to the third millennium BC in China, it was only popularised in England during the 1660s by King Charles II.

It was later in 1840 that afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at 8 o’clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. The Duchess, who would become hungry around 4 o’clock in the afternoon, asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter (some time earlier, the Earl of Sandwich had had the idea of putting a filling between two slices of bread) and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her. This pause for tea became a fashionable social event. During the 1880s, upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea which was usually served in the drawing room between 4 and 5 o’clock.

Please take your time. Delight in your own thoughts, marvel at nature and enjoy your friends, for you are in a place which, thanks to the benefaction of Mr Robin Callan, will, in the words of Rupert Brooke, remain ‘forever England’.

Orchard Tea Garden is under new management. We are trying to blend the traditions of the Orchard, which are so important to so many, with a customer-focused experience. We are seeking a slow pace of evolution keeping everything which so many people have loved about coming here for so long, but being “just a little bit better every day”. We truly value your feedback and if you find anything to be less than perfect, please tell us immediately and we will try and make changes; alternatively you can email us at enquiries@theorchardteagarden.co.uk

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