I found a secluded sun trap Surrey café and it felt like a hidden gem
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I found a secluded sun trap Surrey café and it felt like a hidden gem

Jun 27, 2023

The little tearoom is surrounded by woodland and looks over a lavender field

Tucked away in one of Surrey's top tourist attractions is a peaceful outdoor café you'll want to visit this summer. While most visitors to RHS Garden Wisley head to The Terrace Restaurant or Wisley Café both located at the entrance to the site, there is one tearoom hidden deep in the garden worth finding.

The Stone Pine Café can be found in the Pinetum - a wonderful shady walk home to the oldest tree collection at Wisley. The cathedral-like cluster of century-old towering trees is magnificent, and a little track leads guests from the eye-watering tall trees to an open space blooming with scented plants including lavender.

It is here where you'll stumble across a cute tearoom complete with decking for you to soak up the stunning natural backdrop over something to eat and drink. Unlike Wisley's other eating spots that are often packed with families, the Stone Pine Café is much quieter and I can only describe it as a hidden gem.

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Secluded and pretty, for me it's RHS Wisley's best-kept secret, and when I discovered it during a walk with my mum we had a good choice of places to sit on the outdoor terrace. As the August summer shone down on our shoulders, we took a table for two next to plants billowing in the wind.

There are a couple of tables indoors, but most of the seating is outdoors and there are toilets inside the building too. Like most of the restaurants at Wisley, the food and drink on offer is quite expensive, so if you are looking to save money, bring a picnic.

Open sandwiches cost around £8, salads £11.70, cream teas £7, sweet treats between £3 and £4 and ice creams around £3. There is a range of refreshing cold drinks with a can of Diet Coke setting you back £2.60, a small bottle of wine £7 and still water £2.50.

As for hot beverages, an Americano costs £3.15, latte £3.50, cappuccino £3.55 and tea £2.40. We arrived at 1pm on a Saturday and were disappointed to see that most of the savoury items had been sold. There were a couple of sandwiches left in the fridge and some salad, but other than that it was bare.

There were plenty of cakes mind you including vanilla cupcakes, scones, tropical granola bars, milk chocolate cookies and lollies and ice cream. As it was a hot day and it was lunchtime, I went for salad and collected a large plate and filled it up with the fresh ingredients on display - tomato, roasted red onions, sumac, watermelon, shallots, seeds, feta and mint.

At £11.70 I did think it was rather pricey, however, it was a good size portion and it filled me up. My only criticism was that I had to eat it with wooden cutlery which I don't enjoy doing. I also purchased a cappuccino which came in a takeaway cup.

After admiring the views for a good half an hour or so from our table, we picked up our belongings and continued our walk through the beautiful gardens at Wisley.