45–47 Mill Way Cambridge CB3 9ND 01223 845 788
The modern world (or at least tourism) has caught up at last, but Grantchester remains the postcard-pretty village eulogised by Rupert Brooke, the war poet who lived here while a King’s student until 1914. His story is told in a museum in a garden shed of the Orchard tea garden where he had cream teas with his undergraduate friends: EM Forster, Virginia Woolf, Bertrand Russell, Ludwig Wittgenstein and John Maynard Keynes. Everyone from royalty to tourists has followed, but the blissful setting has barely changed and neither have the cream teas. Granchester remains the best place to enjoy a little peace and quiet accompanied by scones smothered in jam!
The Orchard tea gardens are so atmospheric, it sends shivers down your spine as you sit in an old deck chair, enjoying the spring blossom and the birdsong as Virginia and her intellectual chums would have done. After tea, it's well worth paying a visit to the wooden building which houses the Rupert Brooke museum to admire the photographs and poetry of the young, glamorous poet. You can leave your car in Granchester and walk alongside the river that meaders into Cambridge, coming out at 'Skaters Meadow' which used to be flooded so that university students and locals could skate during the winter months. From Skater's Meadow you're a short walk to the centre of Cambrige with it's many eating and drinking choices or you can head back to Granchester which has three excellent pubs as well as the tea gardens.
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