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Teepee and Dome Dining  - The Willow Tree, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

The Willow Tree

4.4
4.4
275 Reviews
£26 to £40
English
Discover this beautiful hidden gem in the Cambridgeshire countryside. The Willow Tree is a charming, unique and independent dining and drinks venue for all seasons with many beautiful spaces to enjoy: the gorgeous & some what quirky restaurant, al fresco dog friendly terrace, and six magical fairy lit dining domes with Dyson heaters in the Willow country garden (domes can only be booked direct via www.thewillowtreebourn.com). The Teepee & Secret Meadow is also available to book from Spring to Autumn.

Serving a gorgeous seasonal A La Carte menu, plus a Sunday menu with roasts too. All dishes created rom scratch from high quality fresh ingredients that are as lovely, kind and as local as can be. Please specify any food allergies or special requirements when booking and upon ordering. Most of our menu is gluten free and always features lovely dairy free, vegan and vegetarian options.

Love Willow x

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 8 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    English, Contemporary European, British

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    01954 719775

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Steven Saunders

  • Catering

    Traditional modern European / British with a twist. Freshly created, locally sourced ingredients, beautifully presented. Great selection of gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options too.

  • Private party facilities

    We also cater for weddings, corporate events, private functions, wakes, hen dos, garden parties and more. Please email us to talk about your requirements and we will do our very best to help.

  • Neighbourhood

    Cambridge

  • Cross Street

    High Street

  • Parking Details

    Car park at the rear of the building. Off street parking available in Bourn village and at Bourn Village Hall at weekends and evenings (please park sensibly and please do not park around the village monument).

  • Public Transit

    Bus No.18 from Cambridge stops outside The Willow Tree

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Firepit, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 275 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Best Ambience

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Child-Friendly

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Group Bookings

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Outdoor Eating

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Romance

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Cambridge

    Best Ambience

  • Cambridge

    Group Bookings

  • Cambridge

    Healthy

  • Cambridge

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Cambridge

    Outdoor Eating

  • Cambridge

    Romance

  • Cambridge

    Special Occasion

  • Cambridge

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. MN

    MarkN

    London

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Somehow, a three course meal for two in one of their pods including a lower priced bottle of wine ended up costing £187. The range of menu choices was disappointing with the same ingredients appearing in more than one dish. The service was good and we enjoyed the ambience of the pod but there is better food quality and value elsewhere.

    The Willow TreeResponded 6 days agoThank you for the high scores on the service and ambience. We are sorry to read your comments on value, we do try to offer a mixed range of dishes on the menu to cater for different budgets - the new Autumn menu features two courses from £25 for example. We do hope you may consider a return visit to try the new menu one day : )

  2. AK

    AlisonK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful food beautiful place enjoyed it all and really lovely staff

    The Willow TreeResponded on September 28, 2022Thank you for visiting us, we hope to see you again.

  3. DH

    DavidH

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Possibly the best roast dinner I have ever had, certainly in recent times it was. Food was outstanding, it is a bit pricey but worth the money for the quality and skill of the chefs. Waitress was extremely polite and attentive to our needs, manager was friendly a checked on us twice throughout the meal. Highly recommend and will return.

    The Willow TreeResponded on September 28, 2022Our favourite review this month! Thank you so much for this wonderful review, look forward to your return.

  4. T

    Taffy

    Essex

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Disappointed with food and not value for money. Average experience
  5. BL

    BobL

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent welcoming staff and a high quality chef
  6. SN

    SiobhanN

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely setting, attentive and polite staff, delicious food would highly recommend The Willow Tree.
  7. JD

    JulieD

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Lovely atmosphere. Food was delicious, a bit pricey. Will definitely return.
  8. A

    Alisa

    Cambridge

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The setting is wonderful, the staff are super attentive and friendly. There are interesting dishes on the menu though quite pricey. Overall we were happy with our experience.
  9. AL

    AimeeLD

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place. My favourite restaurant! Great food, great service, great venue and gardens
  10. MW

    MaxineW

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    A perfect place to enjoy good quality food. We had the choice of sitting in the garden or the veranda, we chose the veranda the atmosphere was relaxed, the staff were attentive and polite. To top it off the weather was amazing.
  11. SP

    SherylP

    Cambridge

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my 2nd visit to the willow tree and yet again it did not disappoint. We arrived a few mins early to enjoy a drink in the garden first on the deck chairs. The garden is so lovely was so relaxing. Then we went on to the terraced for dinner. The food was outstanding I can not wait for our next visit. The staff were charming I could not recommend the willow tree enough…
  12. S

    Sniffkey

    Cambridge

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    We booked on the pretense that Steven Saunders was the chief Chef but alas he has left. Limited Menu and mediocre food. Decent wine list but real ale overpriced. We ended up being rather disappointed.
  13. KS

    KitS

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic, food was brilliant, the Willows were singing and they were fantastic. Would 100% recommend
  14. NW

    NicholaW

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The willow tree was fantastic great food and the staff couldn't help you enough overall great eating establishment 5 stars
  15. DM

    DanielleM

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a table out under the tree and it was lovely. Sometimes you get forgotten about when sat outside but not here, service was attentive, food came out quickly too and tasted amazing! Waitressing staff were lovely. Really nice experience will definitely be returning!
  16. EM

    EleanorM

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a very enjoyable Sunday lunch here sitting on the outside dining terrace. Good quality roast for all 3 of us. We each had a different one - chicken , beef and pork - and all equally good. I especially loved my crispy duck starter , tasty and a bit different. Roast nectarine for dessert was delicious and light. Service was prompt and pleasant . Good choice of wine by the glass available.
  17. SS

    SharonS

    Hertfordshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food. Very helpful and friendly staff. Great atmosphere.
  18. AT

    AliciaT

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! I would recommend the Willow Tree to anyone!
  19. CK

    CharlotteK

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Lovely place, service was very good. Food could be improved.
  20. SC

    SueC

    Dorset

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely staff, speedy service. Tasty food. Menu more limited than I had expected.
  21. AK

    AndyK

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, and lovely venue. Definitely worth the trip.
  22. C

    Clare

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a prefect lunch, the food was amazing, beautifully cooked, the staff were brilliant so thoughtful and professional throughout. A lovely venue and we will definitely me back again
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Nibbles about the price you would expect (£7 for Focaccia, oil & vinegar) however main courses of £19 each for fairly basic burgers (they were tasty however I believe £13/£14 would a fairer price). Staff were great and the main lady in charge was brilliant!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was the first time I visited the restaurant, the food was very good and at a reasonable portion size. My overall first time experience was a thumbs up.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a lovely place staff and venue is lovely cannot wait to go again ! Thank you so much
  26. MT

    MikeT

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great venue for a special meal. Staff attentive and food was superb
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    Really disappointed with our visit to the willow. The service was poor, waiters passed us many times without taking our orders, we ordered drinks that never came. The food was SO over priced, our meal came to £84 and we did not drink alcohol. The salad was particularly disappointing, at £25 I expected something special but a few leaves drowned in oil with a small pile of tinned crab meat in the middle (missing croutons) came, I asked for the croutons and a small bowl of shop bought croutons arrived - the salad would have cost no more than a few pounds to make at home and would have been better. Overall left feeling very flat after we had been looking forward to our evening out.
  28. PG

    PhilipG

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Lovely evening outside listening to Robin Phillips. Very good food & service. Pricey, but worth it for a special occasion and environment.
  29. O

    Ostie

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic setting, attentive service and great food. Can't ask for anything more! We ate on the terrace which was lovely.
  30. EC

    EmilyC

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    This was a really delicious Sunday roast, in a beautiful setting with friendly and kind service. I found the price of £25 for a roast dinner a little too high (approx £18-20 would have been ok as the standard was amazing), otherwise this would have been outstanding all the way. Definitely go there, it is not to be missed.
  31. B

    Bourn

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Good food but overpriced and the service was painfully slow. It took over 2 hours for mains to arrive. Felt very neglected by waiting staff in the teepee. This has been a problem there now for a long time and one that should have been addressed.
  32. EH

    EmmaH

    Cambridge

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Service was slow. Waited half an hour for a latte to arrive. My husband asked 3 times for a candle to go on a dessert due to a birthday but was left disappointed when it didn't happen. Staff need to know what more about food/drinks menu with what things contain as lacked knowledge. Lovely place to go but can be expensive!!
  33. JH

    JaneH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    AMAZING food, service and atmosphere. The staff were so helpful, even moving us to a teepee to enjoy after dinner drinks and dessert on a lovely warm evening. Highly recommend the goats cheese bon bins and crispy duck salad. And the Pimped Prosecco is divine too (May favourite is rose). Can’t wait to return!
  34. f

    fran

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    It was our first time going, first impression of the willow tree interior was it was very different from the decor to the domes and tepees. Which made it a different nice experience. But we found the staff to be slow in greeting us, showing us to a table, it took about 20 minutes until we was asked what drinks we would like and explained about the menus, as it was a bbq music night. We booked the tepees. Unfortunately it started to rain so we moved up to the bar area, so our food didn’t get wet when it came out to us. The menu was limited and we found it to be expensive. Hence why we went for children burgers. £54 for two chicken burgers and two drinks. Would not rush back for food as it was average. Maybe stop for a drink if passing.
  35. KT

    KeithT

    Buckinghamshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great relax atmosphere. We booked a Sunday lunchtime table for 3 adults, arrived early and took a bottle of wine into the garden. Various family events were happening around the large garden area and that clearly added pressure to the kitchen service. None of this was a problem as the chef explained what was happening and set our expectations. Menu was interesting for all 3 of us and we each had something different for starter and main course. Food was excellent. For dessert we did notice that there was an ice cream wagon in the garden, the ice cream looked good. I think this was separate from the restaurant as the ice cream was not on the menu, it seems that it is not normally served in the restaurant but we did get some and was very yummie!!
  36. MS

    MrsS123

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Not the best experience to be honest. The service was pretty slow and food took a while to arrive. My daughters chicken burger was asked to come with the starters but was missed and when it arrived was a beef burger. We told a member of staff but had no apology, just that the chef must have got it wrong and that he wrote the menu for today. The rest of the food was correct and really nice but the experience was let down by the service.
  37. P

    Pazy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food is excellent, the staff are freindly and the venue is very nice with feminine, soft decor and fairy lights. We will definitely go back.
  38. TG

    TimmyG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    This was our first visit, and we both enjoyed the experience very much. The food was delicious and we felt quite comfortable and satisfied when we were leaving We will certainly be back again.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Northampton

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful venue, food amazing.
  40. IM

    IreneM

    Cambridge

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    This was my second visit to the Willow Tree, this time to celebrate Father's Day. We knew what prices to expect (expensive!!) but were looking forward to a nice treat and excellent service (in accordance to what we were paying). That was not to be: 1. I asked for an elderflower tonic, *no* ice (reinforced this point. Was presented with a glass packed with ice cubes. Returned to drink expecting the glass to be returned with a good portion of drink, instead it came filled halfway through. 2. Ordered a £10 starter of "Whipped Goats Cheese Bon Bons", emphasis on 'bon bons' being plural, to share with my friend. Instead received 1 small ball of breaded cheese with a little salad. Massive rip off. 3. Asked if the "Malay Laksa" was a spicy dish and also asked if we could have both the prawns and the crispy tofy. Was told it wasn't at all spicy and that we could have both, for an additional charge. Turns out the dish was spicy and there was no crispy tofu added there. At this stage we decided to leave without having dessert. To our astonishment the bill came with an additional service charge of just short of £10, for a table of 3 people! Needless to say, I won't be setting foot at the Willow Tree again.

    The Willow TreeResponded on June 24, 2022We are very sorry to read this feedback. We do try hard to keep our prices fair and where they need to be given the high quality of produce, ever changing supplier food costs at present, and the general cost of this style of operation. Please note that service charge is always discretionary and very appreciated by the team, however we can refund this if you are unhappy to pay this. Please make contact direct so we can help you with this matter. Thank you.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

The Willow Tree is rated 4.4 stars by 275 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for The Willow Tree

29 High Street, Bourn, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB23 2SQ

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    High Street

  • Neighbourhood

    Cambridge

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    English, Contemporary European, British

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Car park at the rear of the building. Off street parking available in Bourn village and at Bourn Village Hall at weekends and evenings (please park sensibly and please do not park around the village monument).

  • Public Transit

    Bus No.18 from Cambridge stops outside The Willow Tree

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Steven Saunders

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Firepit, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    01954 719775

  • Catering

    Traditional modern European / British with a twist. Freshly created, locally sourced ingredients, beautifully presented. Great selection of gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options too.

  • Private party facilities

    We also cater for weddings, corporate events, private functions, wakes, hen dos, garden parties and more. Please email us to talk about your requirements and we will do our very best to help.

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