The Tangerine Dream Cafe in the Chelsea Physic Garden is thoroughly worth a visit on its own right. Freshly baked lavender scones and seasonal fruit tarts are sold as soon as they come out the oven. Different time of the day would see different desserts, we were lucky to see the lavender scones fresh out of oven, which were then sold at the speed of light. Apart from the signature scones, everything look just as good if not more delicious. It’s one of those places that you just want to buy everything and have a real hard time making decisions. The homey orange cake, the mouthwatering courgette and walnut loaf, the fig tarts still on the cooling rack, eye candy!
What’s also so especially about this place is how much it resembles grandma’s cooking and living room. On a sunny day, the garden is full of families enjoying cakes and wine on the grass. Because of the £9 entry fee, it’s never jammed but well worth the money. You can join the friends membership, which is equivalent to 4 visits. For the history of the Chelsea Physic Garden, see my previous post.
The cafe can be a bit chaotic to order as the long queue was full of confused customers, who couldn’t decide which was the correct queue. Just have patience as any of the queues will allow you to order food as well as cakes and coffee.
Courgette and walnut loaf
I liked this loaf more than the lavender scone. It might look super sweet and cloying, but the flavour was really homey with just the right amount of sweetness and a delicious nutty texture.
The lavender scones were like plain scones but sprayed with lavender perfume. It had a strong flavour but was surprisingly light with very minimal butter and tasted better as we ate more.
Before you visit the cafe, make sure to check opening times of Chelsea Physic Garden using this link. It’s only open when the garden is open to public.
66 Royal Hospital Road
- Enter through Swan Walk