The Secret Garden

4.7
836 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.

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 836 People Are Saying
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QBee
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Whilst we enjoyed our trip and enjoyed our food and aervice I felt the price was quite a lot for what we had
My main issue was that it was a bit dirty, it felt that they were understaffed and couldn't keep up with clearing tables and the bathroom.

DR
DanielleR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place! Loved the afternoon tea it was great! Staff very attentive.

JM
JudyM
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Me and my guest both enjoyed our afternoon tea. The venue was very quiet but the service was good.

KB
KlaudiaB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Invited mum for an afternoon tea. Gorgeous venue but food super underwhelming- especially the savouries. Sandwiches were so bland like for a fussy toddler, scones too hard and almost crusty. Had Earl Grey for tea, felt a bit weak. I would go there again for a stroll not food. The Prosecco we ordered separately, was very good!

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Kira
Kent
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really lovely experience for my 21st birthday with the staff going above and beyond to make it even more special!

MS
MarkS
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Was a lovely afternoon tea overall but was quite expensive for what the adults get but the teddy bear teas were great. Thought the scones were a bit dry and small given I’m a baker could of been double drop scones no butter with the scones and clotted cream was sparse. And sandwiches were minimal but fresh

TT
TheThistle
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent value for money, food was lovely too (sausage rolls and cheese straws are delicious!). The kid afternoon tea is brilliant.

AJ
AimeeJ
Kent
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice setting and the afternoon tea was delicious

PB
PaulB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Service and food was very good, maybe just a little overpriced.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely lovely experience. Especially good for people with allergies. Myself and daughter are dairy free and felt very well looked after. It was a proper afternoon tea for everyone!!! Thoroughly recommended.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really yummy afternoon tea with a good variety of things! Went for my mum’s 60th birthday and they brought out a nice surprise birthday treat for her which was a lovely touch thank you 😊

JH
JennieH
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous setting and surroundings, delicious variety of food and a great overall experience. We will most definitely be going back again.

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Irene
London
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was outstanding. The service was very friendly and also personal. The food was well displayed and most delicious.
A long way for us to go but we’ll worth it.

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leannec
Kent
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service. All staff are very friendly a d ready to help

JA
JAMESB
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've visited before, but this time took the children along too for the children's afternoon tea.

The food and effort put into the children's offering was wonderful!

Great service, delicious food.

Thank you

SG
SarahG
Kent
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed Afternoon Tea that was absolutely fantastic. Delicious food that was beautifully presented and thoroughly enjoyed. Service was excellent, attentive but not intrusive. Ambience was warm and inviting. Would highly recommend The Secret Garden.

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Traceyh2o
Kent
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Gentleman’s tea which was really tasty, there was plenty to choose from and the flavours complemented each other perfectly. The staff were really friendly and efficient and nothing was too much. Lovely surroundings, great venue for just a treat or a celebration.

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LindsayS
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

lovely atmosphere and a wonderful afternoon tea enjoyed by me and my birthday friend

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Afternoon Tea presented perfectly
All parts delicious
Never ending supply of Tea

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virginia
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

had an amazing 80th birthday afternoon tea with a birthday cake made by the chef.. amazing!

SB
SandraB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely venue especially the gardens would be beautiful in spring /summer, excellent hosts and service now our 4 th visit always a pleasant experience every time

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Buster
Kent
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great location, good service and lovely food.
But very expensive...

CM
CarolineM
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience. We had the afternoon tea and we could taste the difference of being home cooked as very good. The service was also excellent, very friendly and helpful. The lovely setting has to be mentioned too as it added to the lovely experience. Would definitely recommend and return myself.

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suzannej63
London
12 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding ambiance, service and food.

NC
NicolaC
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very enjoyable afternoon tea, lovely service and food in a beautiful setting

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Gracie99
London
7 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had heard good things about The Secret Garden, so I didn't hesitate to book afternoon tea to celebrate my Gran's (belated) birthday. There was quite a long wait due to a back log following lock down, but it was definitely worth waiting for!

The afternoon tea was fabulous! Strong coffee served with warm milk, a great selection of savoury & sweet - the sausage rolls and the choux bun with passionfruit cream & raspberries were highlights. The portions were generous (we took half of it home!) and it was worth every penny!

There was a good ambience and service was impeccable; the staff were very attentive and friendly. Although there was a wedding also taking place, the service to other customers didn't suffer at all.

We finished off our visit with a stroll around the beautiful gardens - we were very fortunate the weather was so nice for November!

Highly recommend!!!

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Mudsavage1
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A real gem. Excellent service and cakes to die for.

NC
NicolaC
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A really enjoyable afternoon tea, in a lovely setting with super service and delicious food. Would highly recommend.

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Tracey
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place, excellent service and food, would visit again

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Chughes101
Kent
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was divine - we couldn’t finish our afternoon tea so we took some home in a box! The staff were delightful. A lovely afternoon, thank you.

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Zolo91
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We arrived and we’re seated promptly, the staff were all very friendly. We had the classic afternoon tea which was all freshly made and delicious! The hot chocolate was also excellent with real cream and marshmallows. My mum had a huge pot of tea too. The atmosphere, the decor, the food and drink was all fab. I would definitely come here again!

DB
DoreenB
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent afternoon tea at a beautiful place. The staff were very welcoming and attentive.

KK
KrcK
London
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely afternoon tea, great place and atmosphere. Staff were very pleasant

RM
RobertM
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pleasant staff, food excellent . We arrived late due to a traffic jam the staff were very good about our late arrival even giving us a choice of seats. Our only criticism was my voucher included fizz and although it was written on the voucher they did not offer it at all. Eventually I mentioned it and was given one glass, when I stated this at the desk when leaving I was told you could have another glass as we were going we did not receive this . I think that the drinks should have been given to us straight away to avoid confusion and a loss of fizz which was a gift .

JB
JennyB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Returning a year after our wedding at the Secret Garden we had a lovely afternoon tea, the food was excellent and they accommodated an allergy without fuss. Would recommend for a real treat

DP
DavidP
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely place and the afternoon tea was terrific (and very filling). Staff were very pleasant and polite, and only comment I would make is that there was a slight lack of attention to customers. Whilst I appreciate the fact that we were left alone to enjoy our meal, perhaps the occasional look out onto the terrace would have been appropriate to ensure everyone was happy (they weren't busy at the time). When we needed our teapots refreshing, I had to go inside to ask, as no staff were on duty outside. That said, we enjoyed our experience with you and would perhaps come again sometime. David.

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Emerald
London
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our Afternoon tea it exceeded our expectations and the walked garden was exceptional. Very beautiful and added to the relaxed ambience. The staff where attentive and even sang Happy Birthday to my sister when presenting her birthday cake. Lovely!
Thank you Secret Garden.

JB
JaxB
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I am a vegan & when I first booked I was told that they didn't do afternoon tea for vegans which I thought at the time of booking was strange also disappointing because I wanted to join in with my friends. especially that the reason for the booking was a celebration for a 80th birthday. I asked if I could order something else from the menu, but I was informed they couldn't do that. so the only result was to go along with my friends & I would just have a cup of tea. When confirming my booking the day before, I spoke to a very nice helpful man, (I didn't get his name) He reassured me that he could get the chef to do a vegan afternoon tea for me.
When we all arrived, the same man booked us in, & once again said it had all been sorted out for me to have a afternoon tea. When mine arrived it was excellent, lovely sandwiches, a good selection of cakes, & the scones were the best I have ever had. my friends & I had a fab day, The staff were lovely, we sat in the garden & the atmosphere was just perfect. I would like to say a massive thank you to the staff for making all of our day a very special one in the celebration of our friends 80th. We will most defiantly be back to see you again. Jax

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time food was lovely. Lovely grounds as well.

MJ
MichelleJ
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely afternoon at The Secret Garden, the staff were really friendly, the afternoon teas were yum, setting was pretty and lovely and quiet. Would definitely go back and recommend to others.

FAQs

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

The Secret Garden is rated 4.7 stars by 836 OpenTable diners.

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.