The Garden Museum courtyard garden

The best garden cafes

Here's a selection of the gardens with the best cafes and restaurants for any time of year

A good garden cafe can be a wonderful thing. Below we’ve picked some of the great garden cafes, from the chic garden cafe at the Garden Museum which looks out on Dan Pearson‘s designs, to the rustic Petersham Nurseries in Richmond. Our list is mainly put together from places that are primarily gardens or nurseries, but which have excellent cafes, with a few that are great restaurants and have great gardens. Either way, they are all worth heading to for both the garden and the garden cafe. Always check websites for specific opening times as certain cafes only open during the summer months.


Don’t forget to always check before you travel about the visiting guidelines for each individual cafe. These are now open after lockdown, but most have restrictions in place.

The Newt in Somerset
© Jason Ingram


The Ethicurian

The Barley Wood Walled Garden is the setting for this modern cuisine restaurant-cum-garden cafe, which specialises in all things seasonal with a side-order of fermented treats. The garden is not huge but has gorgeous views over the Mendips and the kitchen focuses on cooking with charcoal. Watch out too for the fungi on the menu that’s been cultivated on site. And don’t miss the upcoming Ethicurean in Cornwall,  due to open mid-April.

More from the list

The effortlessly stylish and brilliantly stocked nursery on the banks of the River Thames boasts a gorgeous cafe and restaurant space too. The Boglione family’s endeavour opened in 2004 and became known for its gorgeous food. Now there’s a restaurant or two in Covent Garden, along with a delicatessen and a lifestyle store. But it’s the original nursery and its culinary offering which guarantees a good day out.