The Secret Garden

4.6
829 reviews
£25 and under
British
We are an award winning restaurant set in an elegant converted 19th century Coach Building. We use seasonal fresh produce sourced from Kent and our own Victorian kitchen Garden. We offer Afternoon Teas, Cream Teas, Coffee & Cake, Interactive Theatre Dinner, Feasting Nights and Pudding Nights. We also offer Weddings, Exclusive Events and Parties. Dine Alfresco on our terrace or in our beautiful gardens. Private Dining also available

Dine al fresco on the South-facing terrace overlooking the tranquil walled gardens, enjoy the cobbled courtyard and shops, or relax in the warm cosy candlelit restaurant.

Guests are welcome to explore the walled gardens.

We are recognised for our excellent food and warm friendly atmosphere, All food is Home Made, and if not grown sourced from Local Farmers and Producers.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 829 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my partner arrived for a chocolate afternoon tea. All staff we encountered throughout were polite and friendly. The Food was better than expected, very tasty, and plenty for a couple. My partner took some of hers home to finish .. I could not wait that long and ate the lot. Great value for money in comparison to other afternoon teas we have had in the past at other venues.

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NicolaW
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really lovely afternoon tea. Tasty treats. A good amount supplied for the money. A lovely atmosphere and friendly staff. Would highly recommend.

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NERUAL
London
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it, first time at The Secret Garden and I can't wait to go back. I have raved about it to my friend's and family upon my return home. The garden's were exquisite!

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BarbaraH
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our visit and we were lucky with the weather so we could sit outside. Unfortunately, the restaurant had suffered a power outage so they couldn't heat our sausage rolls or scones and hot water for the teas was a bit hit and miss but the staff were doing their best in difficult circumstances. In spite of this , the food was excellent and we love the idea that the tea includes the sausage rolls and cheese straws instead of just sandwiches. They always try to do something different with the sandwich choice and this time it was nice to see pumpkin seeds served with the egg rolls. The scones were soft and fluffy even though not warmed and the selection of cakes and the posset were excellent. Well worth another visit. Thank you Secret Garden staff for your hard work.

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BertieD
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous afternoon tea at The Secret Garden. The food was great, with nice additions to the normal fayre. The service was very good, servers were very attentive, without being too much. The venue was stylish and chic, but with a relaxed feel and it was an overall great afternoon. This was our first visit to The Secret Garden and I don't think it will be our last.

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Treats
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service. Always enjoy a visit to this venue. My only gripe is that the girl behind the bar was wearing her mask under her chin the whole time we were there at no point even attempting to wear it properly.

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RebeccaK
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it! What a beautiful venue, polite and friendly staff and delicious food with really lovely extra touches. Would love to come back again.

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MandyS
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious tea with lovely little unexpected extras. The service was excellent and I would definitely recommend the Secret Garden for afternoon tea.

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LisaD
Kent
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a belated 40th birthday. Really enjoy the little starter surprise and the fudge to take home. The service was perfect and food outstanding.

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lorettaB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and very friendly. The tea was excellent especially as I am a veggie.

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deborahp
Kent
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we really enjoyed our visit met all expectations thankyou xx

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LisaF
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a beautiful setting with very attentive, friendly staff. My friend and I came here for her 50th and it was just perfect, we felt special and spoilt. The food was delicious with tasty sandwiches and cakes in our afternoon tea with endless tea pots of tea on offer and an invitation to take our time and stay all day if we wanted. There was a raspberry on one cake that had travelled just a few meters from the garden in front of us.. loved that! There was a small wedding taking place, a 100th birthday and even a baby shower but it was peaceful and quiet and we would never had known if we didn’t look around. Our table was booked for 11:45 and after spending a couple of hours eating, drinking and talking we went off walking round the gardens and for a massage at the Secret Retreat round the corner . Before we decided to head home we went back and ordered another pot of tea, they were closing in half an hour but welcomed us back , then as we went to pay we were told as we had had an afternoon tea earlier we didn’t have to pay any more ?!? How lovely, what amazing customer service.
Highly recommend

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JulieW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful surroundings with tasty food and a lovely atmosphere. The service was outstanding.

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sarahc
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect setting, perfect food, perfect staff!! Could not have asked for anything more! What a wonderful place to go!! Loved it!!!

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DeborahK
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I’d recommend the Afternoon Tea For a special occasion as it is fairly expensive but there was ample for our party of four and they brought extra cream and jam when asked. Attentive service and if you can sit outside, you can see the lovely garden.

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SandraH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely afternoon tea in the garden for my mums 80th, with a freshly baked savoury selection and scones as well as a great cake selection. Delicious!

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PGard
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a lovely afternoon! It really is the best afternoon tea around if you live in Kent.

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AndreaS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, excellent service and beautiful surroundings

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Linda
London
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time. The experience was faultless. Attentive staff, gorgeous food, endless pots of tea, all in a beautiful setting. Will definitely return.

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tofidog1
London
7 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely afternoon tea , second to Fortnums in my opinion . Great service and great selection of items on offer and able to take away what you cant eat as so much supplied . Will be back . Thank you team Secret garden .

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ElaineJ
Kent
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed our visit and will return. Good service, lovely food and wonderful peaceful location.

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JackieH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful setting with excellent service and delicious afternoon tea

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StephanieM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of the staff are amazing and we were very well looked after. They clearly know what they are doing and make everyone feel welcome.

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Bammers98
Kent
8 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent venue and wonderful afternoon tea.
Was given small boxes afterwards to take home anything that we couldn’t eat.
Will definitely go back.

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SallyannB
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious afternoon tea. I would highly recommend this venue.

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Brybry1972
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wife and i had this booked over a year ago but due to ill health we gave it to my son and his partner and they loved it. As soon as lockdown had lowered I booked it for the 2 of us once more and the wait was well worth it. We had the Traditional afternoon tea and the next time and there will be a next time we will have the savoury option as the Sausage rolls and cheese sticks are to die for. The staff were absolutely brilliant on the ball. Also the Rhubarb cocktail was gorgeous. My wife has been to the Savoy and the Ritz plus quite a few more in the Kent area and her words were that this was as good as the Savoy and the Ritz the best in Kent for sure.

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HazelL
Kent
7 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the afternoon tea, sat indoors as it was rather wet, everyone out doors had to come in. Can’t help the weather.

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JulieB
London
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely afternoon tea, everything was really well made and tasty, the service was excellent attentive but not intrusive - we would definitely come back again

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LinA
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place and did very well with a gluten free option

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JillP
Kent
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb service and food as always at The Secret Garden.

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Gordons
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We had the afternoon tea for 3. The sandwiches were great if not a bit sparse, 1 rectangle of 2 types. However, we thought the rolls that the egg was on was very dry and hard. The emphasis was heavy on the scones, 6 between 3 people but with only 2 small pots of jam and 1 of cream and we had to ask for more to cover the scones.

We have been to many establishments for afternoon tea, including the Ritz and here earlier in the year but on this occasion did not feel it was worth the £26 per person, more of a £15 , a shame really as it was my mothers birthday.

Going on the food today we would not recommend

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SaraN
Kent
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Open table online was easy to book a date & time.
Services was good and helpful.
Ahearing to the to space around us with at least a table between.
Only the cost of the cream tea and few sandwiches was a little over priced.
Just under 100 pounds for four people.

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PaulaT
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend the Secret Garden. Beautiful setting, tastefully decorated and furnished. Lovely atmosphere, staff friendly and attentive but not intrusive. Food delicious and plentiful. Perfect!

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KathrynM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a lovely afternoon. Will definitely return bring up my mum.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

18th birthday

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Jolie
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved the afternoon tea, would highly recommend.

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CMMM
Dubai
2 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the afternoon tea we had at the Secret Garden, the service was amazing and the food was lovely (better than the afternoon tea I have had at the Ritz!)

It was such a lovely sunny day and they let us pick raspberries in the garden afterwards, would highly recommend.

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billyd
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful surroundings, service was a high standard. Waiter was kind to my elderly grandmother doing all he could to make sure she was comfortable and settled, perfect

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shirleym
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and service. Never been disappointed

KK
KerryK
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good service, lovely location Would recommend

FAQs

The Secret Garden offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01233 501586.

The Secret Garden is rated 4.6 stars by 829 OpenTable diners.

The Secret Garden does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://www.secretgardenkent.co.uk/gift-vouchers.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.