The Secret Garden

4.5
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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 walled 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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GG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Although the afternoon tea was lovely, it was very poor value for money. Also the noise level was exceptionally loud and we struggled to have any conversations.

R
Kent
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal enjoyed by all. Food delicious and a decent menu for children. Service was excellent. Looked forward to returning in the summer

AH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place and is always our go to place! Great atmosphere, lovely decor. Great garden. Food is always outstanding and the staff are amazing - always super friendly and welcoming. Never had a bad experience here and the afternoon tea is amazing!! BEST in Kent!

F
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic from start to finish. Will recommend and return.

BH
Essex
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Nothing was to much effort. A massive thank you to Jamie who served us and made my friend birthday a very happy one with his amazing service and help

m
Kent
34 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved this magical place. We came here for an afternoon tea and it was such a delight. The food was lovely, the service was fabulous and the atmosphere was good. The decor was very pretty also inside and out.
We are already planning our next trip here.

SP
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had been here previously, 6yrs ago, and had an amazing day. I remembered how much o enjoyed this place so but I bought my mother here for her 50th birthday for afternoon tea, along with my 4yr old child. My mother is wheelchair bound and the staff were extremely accommodating, making my mother feel so special and appreciated, without the staff coming across forced, which was wonderful.

The food was out of this world and then some, we had to be provided boxes to take the remainder with us as there was so much!

The staff also made up a special children afternoon tea for my daughter and she felt so grown up.

The food options are flexible and the staff couldn't have done more to make pur experience special, they went above and beyond.

R
Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Lovely restaurant. Would thoroughly recommend to others. The afternoon tea was one of the best I've had. Very restful and excellent service.

HG
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely afternoon tea. Great choice of sandwiches and cakes etc

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

FA
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

The Secret Garden is a lovely place and very pretty - can only imagine what Afternoon Tea would be like in the Summer sitting outside. It was quite busy and had a great atmosphere and the staff were really polite and helpful.

Having wanted to visit for a long time we were very disappointed with the food which was overcooked and tough for one meal and the other was a complete mystery - it was supposed to be handmade breakfast and the sausage was bizarre and more like a fish cake - can only guess that maybe it hadn't been plated up correctly.

We mentioned this to the staff and to their credit they removed one of the meals from our bill and for that alone I can only praise their Customer Service! Other Customers all seemed to be having Afternoon Tea which looked good, perhaps that was the way to go!

S
Kent
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Vegetarian could be a little more adventurous, the onion and mushroom suet pudding was quite soggy and bland, but still same price as Duck !
But we have been to the pudding night that was excellent.

H
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiters were charming. Pleasant place to have lunch with friends.

KC
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and the waiter was very friendly and informative. Will be back.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a lucky find. Looking for a place for an early supper we ended up having full afternoon tea. The food was delicious and staff really excellent

MB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Food and service was excellent good value for money but not good for disabled people as very difficult for wheelchair to get past the very tight fitting tables and also the disabled toilet was used to store high chairs in so had to remove them to get wheelchair in there.

LS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful afternoon tea as always. Nothing too much trouble for the staff and tasty treats. Lovely venue especially at this time of year with all the lights. Warm and welcoming.

T
Kent
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went to the Secret Garden for Sunday Brunch. The breakfast was all homemade including a pulled pork sausage. Not really to my taste but nice change. The staff and atmosphere are just wonderful in a beautiful location. I would recommend the Secret Garden especially for afternoon tea. All homemade with plenty to choose from - don’t forget to ask for a box to take home any leftovers as the portions are ample.

N
Kent
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and professionalism from staff! The food was evidently homemade, fresh and absolutely delicious - we will defiantly be back! In addition to restaurant is within a beautiful garden setting!

MC
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Lovely afternoon tea, rather slow service, but otherwise wise great.

ND
Kent
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked as a festive treat for my friend and I. From the beginning, everyone I spoke with was extremely friendly and helpful. Once there the service did not faultier...nothing was too much trouble. Tea and coffee was continuously topped up, with even the offer of hot milk for the coffee. The food was plentiful and delicious and a box was offered to take away anything that we could not eat. Looking forward to going again in the new year.

CW
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely venue. Friendly attentive staff. Good quality food and plentiful. Had a great afternoon and would come back again. I should imagine the garden looks lovely in the spring/summer.

F
London
6 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

What has happened to the Secret Garden? I used to be a regular visitor. Went for lunch with a friend & we are firstly served flat Prosecco which was duly changed. This was followed by soup with stale bread and a fish dish with potatoes & veg in a slimy sauce which was heavily salted and had no other flavour. Surely the pavlova would be safe? The thick wedge of unpleasant cream presumably having been long term frozen was unpalatable. The waiter (the one with his braces hanging loose down his posterior over his stained trousers) didn’t seem to know the difference between a cake plate and cake fork over a side plate and knife. All tables were set for afternoon tea at midday and the tea china was not removed for our lunch booking. The numbers dining were low, mainly eating afternoon tea at midday & I felt the dining room is no longer fit to serve lunch. The end of an era for us, we will not be returning. All in all unsatisfactory.

A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, friendly service and lovely food. Perfect for a relaxing lunch.

LM
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a voucher for my 40th birthday and attended for afternoon tea with my Mum.
The room was very pretty, the service was great, the food was very tasty and plentiful and we had lots of tea to accompany the food. I would definitely love to go again. My only recommendation, although it didn't spoil our experience was that the table was a little too close to the toilet and therefore people passing caused slight movement of our table and chairs due to the wooden flooring. The surprise birthday message was a nice touch.

s
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.