Thatched Barn
  • Thatched Barn
  • Thatched Barn


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The Thatched Barn is a traditional style tearoom full of character and charm. The building dates back to circa 17th century, and provides an intimate welcoming atmosphere where you can relax and recharge. Using seasonal fruits and edibles from the Global Growth Vegetable Garden, visitors can enjoy a range of sweet and savoury treats prepared by in-house patisserie chefs.


Food & Drink

Classic afternoon tea - Treat yourself to our full afternoon tea experience.

Sparkling classic afternoon tea - Add some bubbles with our prosecco afternoon tea.

Afternoon tea and savoury tea slates - Perfect lunch-size afternoon tea experience.

Cream and savoury teas - The best way of try Hyde Hall’s homemade fruit and cheese scones.

Something savoury - Selection of finger sandwiches and pastry bakes available.

Something sweet - Straight from the bakery kitchen, using produce from the Global Growth Vegetable Garden.

Picnic afternoon tea - Enjoy a classic afternoon tea experience served on a takeaway tea stand, to eat within the garden.


Gluten free and dairy free sandwiches and cakes available on request.

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  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

Group Travel

  • Out of Hours Visits


  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups
  • Guided tours for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Onsite Catering
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted



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    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    Hyde Hall is conveniently located just 20 minutes from Chelmsford and is signed from the A130 (southbound). Leave the M25 at junction 29 for A127 (signed Southend). From the A127 exit onto the A132 (signed Wickford/South Woodham Ferrers). Or leave the A12 at junction 17, then at the roundabout take the second exit for the A130 (signed Southend/Basildon) From the A130 Rettendon Turnpike roundabout follow the tourist attraction flower symbols towards South Woodham Ferrers on the A132. At the Shaw Farm roundabout turn left into Willow Grove/Creephedge Lane. Sat Nav code: CM3 8RA   

    Public Transport Directions

    From London Liverpool Street to Chelmsford (about 8miles away) or to Wickford (5 miles away). Taxis are usually available at the station. Buses - The No.3 service from Southend to Chelmsford stops at the garden. Accessible by Public Transport: Chelmsford station is 8 miles away.

    Thatched Barn at RHS Garden Hyde Hall

    Type:Afternoon Tea

    Creephedge Lane, Rettendon Common, CHELMSFORD, Essex, CM3 8ET

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    Opening Times

    Season (27 Mar 2022 - 30 Sept 2022)

    * Summer seasonal pop-up -
    To book a table please call 01245 402012 or 01245 402032. Booking is not always necessary, but recommended during peak times.

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