The Secret Garden

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£25 and under
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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 Brunch, Light lunch, Set Lunch menu, Afternoon Teas, Cream Teas, Coffee & Cake, Interactive Theatre Dinner, Feasting Nights and Pudding Nights. 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 candelit restaurant. Guests are welcome to explore the kitchen & Flower gardens. We are recognised for our excellent food and warm friendly atmosphere, our menus change daily due to seasonal Produce. All food is Home Made, and if not grown sourced from Local Farmers and Producers. If not coming for Brunch, Lunch or Cream Tea, how about Afternoon tea or Pudding Night.
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London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

In terms of location the place is excellent. Really stunning surroundings and the restaurant itself is also lovely.
I went for brunch on a Sunday. It was very quiet, not many ppl in the restaurant. However I found the service really slow, our food took a long time to come and the eggs Benedict was not that good. Infact probably the worst I've had.
Therefore I would not go back for brunch. Their normal lunch and dinner might be fine. We tried one of their lemon cakes and that was really nice. So perhaps a good place for tea and cake.

ML
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the Secret Garden, it is a lovely place to go and the afternoon tea is fabulous.

SF
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic setting food quantity and quality excellent .
Very friendly ,efficient but informal service.
£25 a head for a chocolate afternoon tea was great value for money .

GT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always happy to go back to our beautiful wedding venue. Afternoon tea is the best I’ve ever had. The only negative is that it’s a little bit pricey. Non the less I recommend it to everyone for a special treat.

PT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An extremely enjoyable afternoon. Excellent service and cakes were amazing.

AW
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Lovely lovely afternoon tea just a shame we had to wait nearly 50 minutes for our afternoon tea to arrive on our table.

SC
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was excellent . Both my friend and myself ate a vegetarian chilli which was delicious, however the service this time was not as good as usual. The waiter forgot to bring our olives and they arrived a few minutes before our main. Once we’d finished we waited a long time for the dessert menu and eventually asked for it ourselves. Wouldn’t stop me from going back though.

S
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious Afternoon tea, lovely surroundings, very enjoyable

JN
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch, great atmosphere and attentive service. Spot on. Will be back soon. Love the place.

H
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so well take care of at Secret Garden. You are really made to feel comfortable. The ambience, the food, the staff and the service-just impeccable! Keep it up and we will keep coming back again and again!

LB
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service at the Secret Garden was outstanding, we were made to feel very welcome, the waiter also went out of his way to take a photo of my Mum and l. It was very sweet.
The food was also delicious and the whole restaurant and surrounding area is very beautiful!

ME
Kent
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is simply perfect there and service is beyond amazing 👌

TW
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely brunch at the Secret Garden. Was quite awkward with my order but they got it right!

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and friendly staff! Enjoyable experience.

DR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way. Will definitely be coming back and have already recommended you to others.

OT
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing service as per usual ✅

B
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a very pleasant lunch at the Secret Garden. We were blessed with an incredible Indian Summer day and were able to sit outside in wonderful sunshine and take in the beautiful gardens.
The food was good and the service excellent.

MK
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely day from start to finish. Everything presented beautifully. Waiter was very friendly and attentive. Would recommend and return

MG
Kent
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely venue with great food and really friendly efficient service. Thank you

N
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

There was a distinct shortage of staff, although the 2 we saw were very pleasant.
We opted to eat inside. It was decorated very pleasantly. The furniture however, I assume was meant to be shabby chic, but I am afraid it was more shabby than chic. I would have expected at least a linen table cloth considering the price being charged. Our table was sticky and wobbly and I was surprised to see that the crockery and cutlery was already laid up on the tables allowing no protection agains't flies and wasps. The Traditional Afternoon Tea was very nice and fresh and everything was described to us in great detail. We were unable to finish everything and were supplied with take away boxes.
The Gardens and surroundings were very pleasant.

JB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely, tasty afternoon tea served in a beautiful, peaceful setting.

GT
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was so lovely to go back to my wedding venue, The Secret Garden with two friends for a delicious afternoon tea. Really love it and it’s truly the best food you will ever eat.

OT
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Afternoon Tea with my daughter. Everything was perfect except from the wasps. Sat the courtyard side and it may have helped if wasps catchers were put this side as I noticed they were on the garden side. Other than that it was perfect x

E
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Had afternoon tea, food was lovely, lots of sweet could have done with some more savoury. We sat outside in the sun looking over the garden which was just gorgeous. Service was ok however could have been more attentive, staff could have come outside a bit more regularly. Generally a really good experience, with some very small changes it could have been perfect. Happy to recommend!

OT
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Everything was lovely but we found the service to be quite slow although they did apologise for this and staff were lovely .

JN
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best place to have lunch. Always happy to see you, always happy to please you. A great favourite of mine.

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On arrival was greeted my staff very welcoming and friendly shown to table, other drinks as soon as we sat waited no time at all for are afternoon tea which was amazing staff were on hand all the time if we needed anything even took some photos for us couldnt fault, well except the wasps but then nothing the staff can do about them will definitely be returning xx

a
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

A group of 5 of us regularly go for afternoon tea and the secret garden was one to try. We were so excited because of all the different afternoon teas available and we have to say they were lovely and different to the bog standard teas you can get everywhere. We had 2 savoury, 1 chocolate and 1 traditional and 1 traditional pescatarian. Only thing is they didn't do a pescatarian because I was told that there were things I could eat off of them anyway. Wasn't happy with this, also seeing as the meats were mixed on the stands with the fish. Didn't want to ruin things for everybody so we just enjoyed what we could. The staff were rather relaxed, being a Sunday and we had to go the bar a few times to get tea etc. But overall it was lovely. We paid the bill and left, only once home we realised we had been overcharged. I messaged on facebook and it took 3 days to the resolve the problem and we are now waiting 3-5 days for the refund. Glad it got resolved, but had it been me, I would have apologised profusely.

LR
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely surroundings to sit and relax. Lovely afternoon tea well worth the money. The staff are polite and attentive.

KA
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Beautiful location, great service, afternoon tea was traditional, very nice, but nothing outstanding. Finger sandwiches a bit dry on the ends and lots of wasps

m
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Delicious afternoon tea served by great staff in beautiful surroundings. Only fly in the ointment was quite a few militant wasps when attempting to eat outside, moved inside as a result. We were made aware of the wasps outside, which they are resolving, on arrival. Shame though as it was so beautiful outside.

GB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Staff is friendly and professional, they even given me a doggy bag to bring the rest of my afternoon tea with me :)

AS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience2

After waiting a very long time to be seated we were shown to our table and pretty much left to our own devices! There were at least 3 empty tables around us waiting to be cleared. Our food was good but too expensive for what it was, if the ambience and service were better then the price would have been fine.

JA
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

We attended a business lunch for 5 which had been booked for sometime. The restaurant was very hot with no fans or windows open next to our table.
Service was slow and we had to remind staff for cutlery and mayonnaise and water
There were children running around unsupervised
Food was very good
We have been before and had a much nicer experience but on this occasion it was lacking quality.

n
Kent
7 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Lovely food but disappointed in the way we were treated by the staff. A very nice male waiter seated us at the rather dirty table but after that we were served by four different waiters and I had to ask to have the table wiped. It would have been better if the same waiter could have served us throughout.

AH
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here several times for Afternoon Tea. Great service and great food every single time. The staff are really friendly and the setting is beautiful. Highly recommend and great value for money

JN
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The main man was just as charming and professional as last time we visited and is the perfect host; one of the main reasons for visiting again. Food was good but not as good as it has been but still good enough. Venue is a wonderful, serene haven and faultless but a wedding party sitting alongside us were a little loud and dented the usual peace and tranquillity on the terrace. Still a favourite, nevertheless and we’ll be back.

AW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We spent an delightful afternoon at the Secret Garden having Afternoon Tea. The food was delicious and the service good.

L
London
8 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It’s a very pretty place to visit and I can see why it’s popular. The service from our waiter was attentive. I ordered orange juice and he told me “apple is better” so I went with his recommendation and was disappointed. It was not fresh apple juice and tasted watered down. He did the same with our brunch, we were recommended the mushrooms with eggs and chorizo and we were disappointed there too. The eggs were rock hard from being over baked and the dish, sickly. It stated that it was served with bread. Which was a toasted garlic bread (this should have been disclosed). My mum had the full breakfast. The ingredients used are undoubtedly high quality, but fell short. There was pulled pork on the plate which was advertised as sausages. No toast given, which would be nice for the price and no meal check. We were not offered anything further after our plates were cleared and I had to go inside to pay.

The coffee was really disappointing. Either the quality of the beans are poor or the coffee machine isn’t regularly cleaned.

Other members of staff (all male) were not as friendly as our server and two were arguing at the till as we were leaving which is unprofessional. I am glad we went as the setting is very pretty but we would not rush back.

A
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is lovely inside and outside on the terrace too, very pretty. Delicious fresh food and friendly, helpful people.