The Secret Garden

4.7
870 reviews
£25 and under
British

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Afternoon Tea
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.

Support The Secret Garden during COVID-19

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 870 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MarkF
Kent
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time at the Secret Garden. The setting was beautiful and the food and drinks were excellent. The service was attentive but not overwhelming. Will definitely go.again and will be recommending to friends and family.

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BradL
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A prefect place for afternoon tea to celebrate a birthday and anniversary. The staff were pleasant and attentive, the grounds are stunning and the food was lovely. It was unfortunate that we could sometimes hear the noise of the M20 and thought perhaps some gentle background music could help to drown the sound, but other than that the whole experience was lovely.

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Julie
Brighton
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

All in all a good experience, food was excellent, service was fast, but felt a rushed, table was cleared as soon as we finished, would have liked to enjoy the environment a bit longer but we were not offred a follow up drink or any more tea even tho it wasn't all that busy, so had to leave which was a shame...

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NatalieW
Kent
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent afternoon tea, would highly recommend. Plenty of food and drink, well presented, my daughter loved her teddy bear’s picnic themed one. Can’t wait to visit again.

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TraceyI
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic afternoon tea experience. The staff were friendly and attentive and nothing was too much trouble. The food was outstanding and excellent value for money. We loved everything about the whole experience

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JillP
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely place for an afternoon tea, staff as always are so efficient and friendly

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RebeccaG
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for afternoon tea there were five of us for our friends birthday. Have to say it's a beautiful setting, staff are very helpful and the food was delicious we will definitely be coming back and definitely recommending. Thank you for a lovely afternoon.

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ShellQ
London
6 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was great to have afternoon tea at such a stunning venue!

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AndreaS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful time. The food as usual was amazing and it was fantastic to once again meet up with friends.
The secret garden was definitely the place to be to do just that.

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SharonT
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Afternoon Tea, one of the nicest and the mushroom soup entree was a lovely touch

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JennyJ
Kent
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic location for afternoon tea. Great food and service.

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JessicaF
Kent
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Lovely place for afternoon tea, beautiful gardens

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NicolaH
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful garden setting, friendly & helpful staff. Food was delicious - you won’t leave hungry!

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eatingout
London
33 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect, delicious and beautiful as always. An amazing setting for great food

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KarenB
London
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A lovely relaxing afternoon in beautiful surroundings.

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Fiona
Kent
10 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Glorious afternoon tea taken on the outdoor terrace. A great selection of food and the homemade sausage rolls are divine. Plenty of top ups on the tea and extra jam and cream was not an issue.

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Jacqueline
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend. We had an exquisite afternoon tea looking on to the beautifully kept garden. Not rushed at all, ordered cockails to start with. Food and service top notch. Thank you for making my friends birthday special.

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Lauzx
London
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really good tea , beautiful settings and such good value for money compared to many others! Worth it just for the courtyard atmosphere!

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DanielleM
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely afternoon tea looking out on to the beautiful garden. Catered for my dairy allergy, beautifully presented, and overall a fab afternoon. It is quite expensive BUT you do get what you pay for. A lovely treat.

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Collette
London
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection- amazing food and service. Love love love the Secret Garden! Thank you.

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TraceyC
London
7 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a lovely afternoon with friends and the weather was kind to us, which was great because we had to sit outside due to government rules! Staff were friendly and polite.

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AnnaB
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a delightful afternoon in the gardens enjoying cream tea with scones. Delicious and the service was great.
Thankyou

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RuthM
London
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt very safe with the hygiene measures in place. The staff were friendly without being too obtrusive. The Afternoon Tea was delicious and there was plenty of it! We were very happy to have a box to take home what we couldn't eat!

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KIMH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic afternoon tea. Food was delicious with a very good selection

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Jani
London
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice venue for afternoon tea. Tables overlooked a nice garden and the staff were all very friendly.

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RadleyGirl
Kent
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Value - The Best Afternoon Tea. Excellent food which is freshly made on the premises. The staff are very attentive, beautiful gardens and surroundings. Worth every penny and we look forward to going back again soon.

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SarahH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely place to relax and catch up with family and friends. The staff and service is outstanding. The afternoon tea is a must.

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Niki
London
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely staff
Lovely food
Lovely setting
We will be back again

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paul
Kent
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Very disappointed with the quality of the food. The tea pot was for four but only had two tea bags in which was way to weak.
The sandwich were a little Stale & the scones were to hard. Service was okay very friendly. Most of the cakes we didn’t eat. Lovely gardens and again the people who served us were very nice.

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Dreaa
London
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great afternoon spent with friends here. The staff were very accommodating and friendly. Afternoon tea was very nice and with a lovely view of the gardens. We will plan to come again.

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Charlotte
London
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time and enjoyed everything - bottomless was a plus and think it should be advertised more x

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Jojojo
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious Afternoon tea , lots of variety and pots of hot tea, which we needed as chilly weather.

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RussellP
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great setting, great service. Very friendly staff, will definatly go back.

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LauraD
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely place in beautiful surroundings. Gorgeous food, kids loved there teddy bear picnics.

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NikkiO
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect outside dining in the sunshine with attentive staff, a glass of Champagne and excellent food and company. The Secret Garden never disappoints.

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JennyP
Kent
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous afternoon. Delicious food, wonderful location and amazing staff who couldn’t do enough to make your experience better. Thank you so much

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KirstyH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely afternoon tea, delicious food, amazing, relaxing setting.

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Vivflr
Kent
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a celebration tea which was delicious. Nice, friendly atmosphere. Rhubarb cocktails perfect for a sunny afternoon. Quite pricey.

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EmilyB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Absolutely delightful place. I can't believe that its taken me so long to find it. Afternoon tea was delicious, good quality, and a lovely variety. The only thing I didn't like was the pineapple lime mouse/cheesecake which was bitter, but other than that, it was scrumptious.

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Shar
Kent
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Beautiful place, good service, nice food. Although we could have done with some more sandwiches and savoury food. Despite it being very tasty, I wouldn't consider the amount of food as good value considering the price per head.

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 870 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.