Top tearooms and related walks

Regular readers of Cambridgeshire Walks will know a strategic snack somewhere along the route is a must. If not packing a picnic, an attractive tearoom makes any walk all the more enjoyable. So here are Cambridgeshire Walks favourite stopping off spots. Even better, below each are links to walks that take you right to them.

Houghton Mill Tearoom

Outdoor seating with a view overlooking the mill pond. The cream tea is delicious. There's even a savoury version, with cheese scone, mascarpone and onion jam. All scones are cooked on the premises and fresh. Try any of the following walks.

St Ives to Hemingford Abbots (6 miles, 13,200 steps)
Houghton to Godmanchester (7 miles, 15,400 steps)

The shop is located in a 19th century former toll house that has been very stylishly renovated. Also seats outside to watch the world go by. Great range and quality of cakes, snacks and coffee, all at reasonable prices. The paninis are delicious, savoury quiches a meal in themselves. Try any of the following walks.

Hemingford Meadow (2 miles, 4,400 steps)
Wilhorn Meadow to the Guided Busway (3 miles, 6.600 steps)

Annabelle's Cakes

Wander down the road towards Colne into Cranbrook Plants and you'll find a tearoom with the broadest range of cakes and savouries. Just about every day there's a new and often exotic offering. Prettily located, on a sunny day there are few better places than supping coffee at one of the outside tables. Highly recommended. Try any of the following walks.

Somersham Nature Reserve and Lake  (2.5 miles, 5,500 steps)
Somersham to Colne (4.5 miles, 9,900 steps)

The Willows Cafe

The warm cheese scone with chutney and butter is a meal in itself. Great home made sausage rolls. Wide range of delicious cakes. The garden is particularly nice and cosy to sit in. Try any of the following walks.

Brampton Wood (up to 3 miles, 6,600 steps) 
Brampton Circular Walk (4 miles, 8,800 steps) (Note comment at bottom of this walk)


  1. Hemingford Garden Room is still closed as at second week in June. A new contender in Hemingford is Bonito Platito at The Grey House, 36b Marsh Lane. Coffee, cakes and (I think) sandwiches, indoor and outdoor seating. Check their Facebook page for opening hours.

    1. Thanks for the info, Paul. Noticed the Bonito Platito opening and looks good. It'll be the subject of a visit soon and hopefully will make it onto the Top Tearoom list.

  2. Anonymous10:25 am

    Just to let you know that Annabelle’s Cakes is now open where Chelsea Tearoom used to be. Plus there’s Hollie’s Tearoom down Parkhall Road if you have any walks that go that way.

    1. Thanks for the comment. Yes, an update overdue... and an additional & excellent walk to Hollies Tearoom!

    2. Annabell's Cakes now added.


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