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The Secret Garden CafeThe Secret Garden Cafe


New in 2009, this cafe is tucked away in a quiet courtyard just off George Street. It serves a range of breakfast dishes, sandwiches, panini, 'lite bites' and salads along with tea, coffee, smoothies, milkshakes and homemade cakes. All this within a friendly atmosphere with the aim of seeing "if tea and buns can make the world a better place".

The artistic owners also offer art classes, exhibitions and talks - contact them for more information.


  • Dates and times: Open Tues to Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm.

Address and Contact info

  • Address: 9a George Street
  • Town: St Albans
  • County: Herts
  • Postcode: AL3 4ER
  • Phone: 01727 857035

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Review Overview

Disappointing - review by mrs s
Firstly, the cafe inside looks nothing like the picture shown here. Rather cold and shabby (but not chic), paint peeling off walls. Dirty cutlery on table and table had not been properly wiped down. Waited around ten minutes to be served. Food arrived and could immediately see a long hair protruding from my sandwich. I sent it back and couldn't bring myself to order anything else. Kids burgers borderline cooked properly and definitely not 'gourmet'. In shock to see this cafe is award winning and has been shortlisted again for this year. Chilly, no ambience, offish staff and a hair in my food, one to be avoided! (forceed to give one star otherwise my review would not submit!) [Feb 13] 03 Feb 13
The Secret Garden Cafe
Must try - lovely food and great service! - review by marnig
After living in St Albans for a few years, I came across this with some visitors earlier this year and love it! Milkshakes and smoothies are wonderful and various food (from soup to sarnies) has always been great too. Definitely give it a go - the staff and lovely too! [Nov 11]
28 Nov 11
The Secret Garden Cafe
Fab food - review by bluey1610
Hubby and I only just tried out the Secret Garden Cafe the other day with some visiting relatives. Great food, like the choices of teas and good service. Nice atmosphere. [Nov 11]
01 Nov 11
The Secret Garden Cafe
A new favourite! - review by hopeful
I only recently discovered this little cafe, and its fab! I have taken both my young children here and it's been very friendly. Its reasonably priced with lovely food, I have yet to try to hot dishes but they look good. The owner is very friendly and it has a nice vibe to it (altho this is lacking slightly upstairs). I am looking forward to trying it outside when the weather improves! [Mar 11]
13 Mar 11
The Secret Garden Cafe's a secret! - review by karie
A perfect gem in St. Albans. But's a secret! This little coffee shop will not disappoint. From coffees to sandwiches, it's absolutely perfect. [Jan 11]
24 Jan 11
The Secret Garden Cafe
A Little Gem - review by smallone
I wanted a quick and easy lunch to take my 2 1/2 year old to and thought I'd give the Secret Garden Cafe a go. Our waitress was so friendly she immediately made me feel at ease (not always easy with a toddler in tow!) We ordered beans on toast for my son and a brie, bacon andamp; cranberry panini for me. The toast was a delicious bloomer and my boy woofed the lot. Mine too was yummy. No frills but a real gem and the waitress was just lovely. I will definitely be back. [Dec 10]
14 Dec 10
The Secret Garden Cafe
The secret's out... - review by anna

I read about this place on this website so decided to explore. I wasn't disappointed. This place is a little gem. The staff were friendly, the coffee was good and the out-door space is lovely. Inside, there is lovely artwork and prints of St Albans that you can buy. I will definitely be going back. It's child friendly, I took my three there and they loved it. [Aug 10]

11 Aug 10
The Secret Garden Cafe
best cafe in St Albans - ssshhhhh! - review by rnk

A lovely place, tucked away, this. We went right through to the even more secret garden at the back, and really enjoyed ourselves. Food was excellent - our coronation chicken sandwich, bacon sandwich (lovely bread too) and carrot cake were all fantastic, and the service was very friendly. We've now found our favourite cafe in St Albans, but don't tell everyone... Do up the garden at the back for the fifth star! [Jul 10]

18 Jul 10
The Secret Garden Cafe
The secret garden cafe shouldn't be a secret - review by karen

I first 'discovered' the secret garden cafe as our friends were raving about it; since our first visit we have never been disappointed with the food or the service. During our most recent visit, my husband ate the moussaka and I had the hearty winter soup; our children tucked into the beans on toast on Redbournbury bread (delicious!) Everybody's meal was tasty and very good value. The staff consider the needs of children; we particularly challenged them when my 4yo ordered hot chocolate this weekend, but overcame this by giving her a small cup to use. During the summer it's delightful to sit outside; it's peaceful and away from the bustle of the marketplace. What my family and I love most about this cafe is that it still seems to be one of St Alban's best kept secrets. It's such a great cafe that it's hard to keep quiet about it. [May 10]

10 May 10
The Secret Garden Cafe
pretty location and nice cakes - review by localgirl

We go to this cafe quite often as we like the outside space with our children and there is a lovely view of the Abbey which is quite unusual to find. The cakes are lovely and the food good value. On busier days the staff do seem a bit hassled and it seems quite tricky to look after all the different areas of the cafe, but the food and drinks make up for it. [Feb 10]

01 Feb 10
The Secret Garden Cafe
Promising first visit - review by south-sider

We popped into this quiet cafe that no-one seems to know about (yet!) and really liked it. Great courtyard space, friendly service, good coffee (our benchmark) and Chegworth organic juices. The menu looked tempting too - breads from Redbournbury Mill, locally baked 'crumble tarts', yummy breakfasts and daily specials. We'll be back soon to try the food before everyone discovers this place! [Jun 09]

30 Jun 09
The Secret Garden Cafe


User Rating: 4 out of 5  ( 11 reviews )

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