The Orchard Tea Gardens at Granchester

You can walk, cycle or punt down the river from Cambridge to Granchester. Whatever mode of transport you chose you will be following in the footsteps of Newton, Darwin, Cromwell, Milton, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Tennyson, Marlowe, Spenser and a whole lot more. The route is idyllic and there are lots of good spots for a picnic (beware of interested cows!) or you can go all the way to the pretty village of Granchester which has several pubs and, best of all, the Orchard Tea Garden. Famously frequented by the war poet Rupert Brooke and his friends including Virginia Woolf and EM Forster, a few years ago it was going to close down but instead they sold 'shares' in it - bought by Prince Charles amongst others (apparently!). Monty and I shared an ice cream - if you ask him he may say he didn't get a fair share.
awww love the picture, the subject and the dof! great picture Judith
posted April 8th, 2011  
Wow, you can really see how strong the sun was today
posted April 8th, 2011  
@ottery09 I meant to say that I took all my pics wearing sunglasses today - I had no idea what I'd taken till I got home! They are prescription ones so I couldn't see with or without!
posted April 8th, 2011  
That's a lot of name dropping, Judith! Looks like a perfect spot for an ice cream. Love the lighting.
posted April 8th, 2011  
the perfect place to be today - did you meet the cattle - where they as frisky as we'd been warned? I've been avoiding just in case...
posted April 8th, 2011  
or were, even, not where (2 glasses of wine getting in the way there!)
posted April 8th, 2011  
@barbsmith Yes - sorry - I thought that when I was writing it. I don't know how they KNOW that all those people went to Granchester but it seems to allow them to charge a lot for a scone!!
posted April 8th, 2011  
@helenmoss Funny you should say that! They are young and very keen on sticking together & managed to escape across into another field (over the fence & ditch and I have a photo of a loads of girls abandoning their bike & picnic! They ignored Monty though...
posted April 8th, 2011  
Fantastic shot Judith
posted April 8th, 2011  
I love going to these Tea gardens I have gone there with Helen. Your picture is so summery did you have a nice cup of tea ?
posted April 8th, 2011  
Great composition! It's inviting
posted April 8th, 2011  
Fantastic shot - love the sunny-ness of this shot!! love the walk from Cambridge to Granchester - glorious in this weather. Love the composition of this
posted April 8th, 2011  
Gosh it looks like its back in the 1960's with the deck chairs! Bella wasn't so lucky when she met some cows (see one of my entries this week!!)
posted April 8th, 2011  
@judithg and the very famous Lesley Allen in 1968 with her boyfriend.......aaaah
posted April 9th, 2011  
@samdan Blimey if you tell them that they'll put up the scone prices again!
posted April 9th, 2011  
Ah bliss, especially if they do scones!
posted April 9th, 2011  
Wonderful. I love the atmosphere that your mind builds up in these historic old places.
posted April 9th, 2011  
What a lovely place, I would love to visit your neck of the woods some day!
posted April 9th, 2011  
What a lovely photo!
posted April 10th, 2011  
A delightful spot saturated in history! I love it. Such a wonderfully timeless photo. I'd pay twice the asking price for an ice cream if it could be enjoyed in a location once frequented by such scientific and literary royalty! :)
posted April 10th, 2011  
Ohhh, bestill my heart!
posted April 10th, 2011  
Looking forward to getting home for places like this!!!
posted April 11th, 2011  
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