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The Pines Garden Tea Room and Museum is open throughout the summer from 10.00 am – 4.30 pm, 7 days a week including Bank Holidays. We offer a daily changing menu making use of produce grown in the Pines Garden. Our home made cakes and scones can be sampled for morning or afternoon tea by our friendly tea room team. On Sundays we offer Sunday roasts. We can cater for parties on request. We are dog friendly with outside and indoor seating and a Yurt in the gardens in the summer. Drop by on your walk along the White Cliffs of our beautiful channel coastline, see The Calyx well-being eco hub, the only carbon negative building in Europe. We look forward to welcoming you.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
Cafe, British
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The two stars are purely for the pleasant welcome and service. The food and drinnk were abysmal. The coffee was gut rotting and the tea harsh. My baguette was like soggy cardboard and apparently the quiche was like scraambled eggs. A certain irony given how...close we were to France. A real shame because the staff were lovely and the boards show they want custom. Maybe get better supplies and up the cooking?More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent Sunday roast here. Very friendly service. Very impressed with gluten free options, including Yorkshire puddings and apple crumble. Would definitely return.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We'd booked for Sunday lunch. Unfortunately, the restaurant had lost our booking - however, despite being almost full, they accommodated us on a larger table. The service was great and good-humoured and the food was delicious. Friendly service, generous portions, piping hot and nicely cooked....The desserts were good too. Have been here before and it was just as good. Thoroughly recommended.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely Sunday roast dinner. The service was fantastic and the staff were friendly and accommodating. I highly recommend

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fantastic Roast Dinner this lunchtime. Excellent food and service. My Husband was asked on booking if anyone in our group had any allergies. He told them he was Gluten Free. When his Roast Dinner arrived, they had made him GF Yorkshire puddings especially and had...a choice of 2 desserts! The Apple and Cinnamon crumble was lovely, with lovely thick custard. We plan to go back, after a nice dog walk, as they are dog friendly too!!!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fabulous home cooked dinner with big portions. Friendly staff that fed 11 of us including the dog who got treats. Definitely will be back very soon

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 21 December 2023

The saddest news today - the wonderful Michelle is leaving the tea room. Over the years, she turned it from a decent but ordinary cafe into the best cafe for miles and miles. Tea, coffee, cakes, baguettes, Sunday lunch were all perfect. And the ambience...she created with her fantastic staff was brilliant. We only hope that something of her legacy will be preserved in the future because she made the tea rooms an essential part of our lives.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 5 December 2023 via mobile

A crowd of us went for Christmas lunch today and what a beautiful meal we had. We had to order our choice beforehand as there were so many of us and everything went very smoothly.. Staff were so friendly and worked really hard to make...sure everything was perfect. The food was homemade and the roast Turkey was delicious. Plenty of vegetables. Would highly recommend this restaurant for lunch. You won’t be disappointed.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 18 November 2023

Fabulous home cooked food, served with a friendly smile. Huge pot of coffee served with hot milk. A hidden gem.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 20 October 2023

The best tearoom in Kent. A hidden gem. Fabulous proper Sunday roast. Delicious pudding. Coffee and a piece of cake to take home. The friendliest of staff and an interesting space with the museum, as well as a relaxing atmosphere. Dog friendly too. Lovely outdoor...overflow seating too with the 'yurt' across the road and Pine Gardens. A must to visit, but only tell your best of friends or it will be so booked up and full you won't get seated yourself next time.!!! And trust me once found you will want to go back again and again.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 12 October 2023

Perfect lunch: delicious, healthy, home cooked food in a beautiful setting, with friendly caring service! We eat out regularly and rarely find the perfect lunch but at Pines tea room, it always happens. Wonderfully spiced butternut squash soup, a perfect warm baguette with thick sliced...ham and cheese and a colourful mixed salad plus excellent coleslaw. Followed up with the best carrot cake we’ve had and perfect coffee. Michelle who steers the ship has a big heart and cooks with generosity and skill. And her team are all lovely and helpful which we appreciate being elderly. The garden is lovely to sit in and they will do takeaway to take down to the seafront if requested. Plus starting now, there will be a roast Sunday lunch on offer (which we’ve had in the past winters and is delicious).More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 25 August 2023

Had a lovely lunch here at the weekend.Everything was very fresh,well presented,delicious and good value.Staff very friendly and helpful ,nice clean and tidy surroundings.We will be back and thank you 😊

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 18 June 2023

Always fresh, flavoursome good quality food. Delicious quiche today, light non obtrusive pastry allowing appreciation of tasty filling. Freshest mixed salad with home-made straightforward oil/vinegar dressing (No dressing from a bottle here). Husband enjoyed generous piece of coffee and walnut cake. Always reliable quality and...a warm welcome.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 8 June 2023

Lovely food today, disappointed though you had no sugar free drinks 😔 please consider some of your visitors are diabetics and on a hot day a cold drink would be refreshing.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 13 April 2023 via mobile

Enjoyed a visit to explore St Margaret’s and had delicious scone, cake and coffee at the tea rooms. Clean, relaxed,plenty of choice of homemade cakes. Lots of tables nestled within the museum so explore before settling down to enjoy!

Date of visit: April 2023
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nigel1964
24 August 2018|
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Response from thebaytrust | Property representative |
Yes. We do close some dates over Christmas and New Year. Feel free to call the tea rooms to make an inquiry about making a reservation
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Kira S
29 April 2018|
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Yes, our tea room is wheelchair accessible with a dedicated parking space, ramp to avoid stairs and disabled toilet.
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wonkipots
2 July 2017|
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Hi there! apologies for the delay, yes all areas including the loos are wheelchair accessible :)
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