The Willow Tree

Elegant shabby chic restaurant with al fresco terrace, beautiful country garden and the adjoining whimsical meadow.

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The Willow Tree is a charming independent restaurant renowned for gorgeous food & a wondrous ambience. This ‘hidden gem’ of Cambridgeshire now features six fairylit Dining Domes in their beautiful country garden, nestled besides the majestic Willow tree and overlooking their Secret Meadow.

Enjoy your very own dining bubble beneath the stars and feel safe in your space at this relaxed & happy hideaway.

Photos courtesy of: Bubear Photography

Heating

Air Purification

Vegan/Vegetarian Friendly

Gluten Free Dishes Available

Parking Available

Countryside Location

Kids Menu

High Chair

Standard Menu Available

Wheelchair Accessible

Ambient / Fairy Lights

Air-Conditioning

Heating

Air Purification

Vegan / Vegetarian Friendly

Gluten Free Dishes Available

Countryside Location

Kids Menu

High Chair

Standard Menu Available

Wheelchair Accessible

Ambient / Fairy Lights

Air-Conditioning

Parking Available

Location

29 High St, Bourn, Cambridge CB23 2SQ, UK

69 reviews

  1. A very special evening

    The staff couldn’t have done more to make us happy. They were accommodating ( we had a few specific requirements) and the food and service was impeccable. Thoroughly recommend giving this a visit as the ambience and gorgeous styling makes it a very special evening. Thank you so much .

  2. Bliss in the time of Covid

    An absolutely magical evening. Cosy, beautiful, just us and the fantastic food and perfect service. We will definitely return to this lovely venue.

  3. A magical evening out.

    We had a wonderful evening Dome- Dining the other evening at The Willow Tree. The venue is beautifully decorated and the Dome fairy lights are just beautiful. The Domes are well heated but with enough ventilation. The venue operators were incredibly helpful in organising disabled parking and giving us a Dome close to the car park. They were very Covid protection attentive and we felt very safe. The meal was superb, the new chef Steven Saunders has done a brilliant job with the menu. His crispy duck salad starter is wonderful, it was one of his signature dishes from his days as head chef at The Pink Geranium at Melbourne. The beef was beautifully cooked and the treacle tart was scrumptious . The range of non alcoholic mocktails was very enticing, to the extent that two of our party chose these instead of alcohol; the prosecco and rose was wonderful. The staff were very attentive and the service was great. We enjoyed the opportunity for our guests to re acquaint with the chef after many years. it was a magical meal out, the first for us in Cambridge since the beginning of the pandemic. We will certainly be returning. Thank you for making our evening so special.

  4. Unforgetable experience!

    We had an absolutely Wonderful dinner in a Dome. The Staff were super attentive (thank you Freya and the team!).
    The food and the presentation were excellent.

  5. Excellent

    Absolutely lovely,food excellent,service excellent,the domes just made our evening very special,would definatley recommend

  6. Wonderful Atmosphere

    Really lovely time, there were a few nuances with our food order but the service and ambience certainly made up for it

  7. Recommended

    We dont get out a huge amount with two young children however we
    had the best time. It felt so relaxed, the boys loved the dome and the swing
    and the weather was fantastic.

  8. Thoroughly recommend

    Beautiful pub and gorgeous domes, with super friendly and helpful staff, and absolutely delicious food.

  9. Enjoyable Experience

    Open friendly young staff who looked after us well. Dome clean and cosy in a cool wind outside. Food tasty and well cooked.

  10. The pod was great

    Lovely atmosphere and good service but food was nit the best I have tasted and welcome a bit of a let down.

  11. Nice staff, but very busy

    I booked a dome for my husband’s birthday. The food and setting was lovely however the service was lacking unfortunately. Waiting staff were very pleasant but it felt almost as if we had been forgotten. Drinks order took a long time to arrive and we were told it was because the bar was really busy. As I say the staff were very nice and food was great however I feel the service could have been better

  12. Beautiful outside venue

    The geometric pods are a really unique feature for an evening meal. Small detail such as bespoke lighting design and a Bluetooth speaker made available are really well thought out additional touches to dining in the pods. Staff are really helpful and prompt without interfering. Food was delicious. Thank you for a lovely evening.

  13. Strong recommendation

    It was a magic feeling and we loved our food and service were
    brilliant! Strong recommendation for special occasions!

  14. A mixed Bag

    The food was average
    The waitress was fabulous
    The pod was great and the round table was great. The chairs were not good and gravel underfoot was not the best .

  15. Definitely be coming again

    I didn’t recall seeing anywhere ref pizzas not being available
    in the week however when we asked for a child’s menu option to be made into
    adults it was no problem at all. Lovely staff and great atmosphere.

  16. Ambience was better than expected

    The Ambience was better than expected, service was really good
    and food excellent. Would recommend

  17. The dome was great

    in a dome – neat, quiet, warm enough when the door was zipped up;
    slow service because new waiter tripped so had to wait for a re-cook;
    but free drinks and apologetic attitude made amends;

  18. Some minor issues

    Unfortunately on the Sunday we went the restaurant had run out
    of beef and some side dishes. Ran out of bitter on the tap and were selling
    33cl tins of IPA for £5 – they did amend the bill though. And apart from
    forgetting one of our starters and a main course side dish it was a very
    nice lunch. The pod set up they have created is ideal for families or small
    groups of friends.

  19. Excellent overall

    The food was generally excellent, though the truffle Mac and
    cheese was under seasoned.

  20. We enjoyed ourselves

    We really enjoyed the dinner at dome. The atmosphere was fantastic, the staff smiling and very attentive, the food was very good. Thank you! Anna & Chris

  21. Pods worked brilliantly

    So lovely to be able to finally go out for dinner! Pods worked brilliantly. A great evening

  22. Well done

    We had a lovely birthday evening with excellent service and menu.

  23. We will be visiting again

    I booked as part of my husband’s 50th birthday celebrations after having seen some photos on social media. We didn’t know what to expect but we’re very pleasantly surprised by the wonderfully atmospheric and romantic ambience, the excellent menu and the quality of the food. We will definitely be visiting again as all the staff were so lovely and helpful, friendly and kind.

  24. Fabulous dining

    Amazing experience, and such a nice way to dine outdoors!

  25. Will arrange another visit

    Thoroughly enjoyed the experience and will certainly arrange another visit

  26. Excellent

    Thoroughly enjoyed our meal in the warm dome – food and service was excellent

  27. A magical evening, thank you all

    I took my partner here last night for a belated birthday meal in a dome. It’s an absolutely beautiful place, well laid out and a bit quirky. The domes are lit and heated so even after the sun set it was still cosy.

    Our food was stunning – every course was perfectly cooked and presented and felt like a real treat. For me it was the staff that made it extra special. It was pretty busy last night and they have a large outside space to cover, but we were so well looked after all evening. Everyone was upbeat, friendly and welcoming. One lovely lady even offered to take our picture which especially considering how busy they were, was above and beyond and so thoughtful.

    Thanks to all for a wonderful evening, we will definitely be back.

  28. Very impressed

    The food was delicious paired with a range of lovely cocktails. Particularly enjoyed the ambience, the sun was shining and the dome was comfortable and cosy throughout the evening. The service was amazing, the team was very attentive to any requests and food was served within a short space of time. Very impressed – would recommend for a romantic evening or a family dinner! Everyone enjoyed their evening.

  29. Amazing experience

    The Dome made all the difference – there was no wind chill,
    more privacy and superb Covid-awareness.

  30. Amazing birthday

    It was my first time there and we were celebrating one of my daughters belaed birthday, it was everything I could have hoped for and more. Thank you

  31. Really enjoyed our visit to dineatthedome.

    The service was extremely good. After returning the burger as it was underdone and cold, 2nd one was delicious and other dishes were beautiful too. Thanks for a lovely meal. Perhaps a little background music would be nice.

  32. Great experience!

    Wonderful (vegan) meal at The Willow Tree in garden dome, great
    service and great experience!

  33. Well done

    Lovely perfect under very difficult circumstances
    Well done

  34. We will be back

    A brilliant and unforgettable experience. Everything was excellent, including a sunny day, for our Sunday lunch dome experience. Thanks to all the staff at the Willow for allowing it to happen. We will be back.

  35. Enjoyed our evening

    Food was amazing, staff were lovely and polite. Very relaxed too! We really enjoyed our evening

  36. A real treat!!

    Very good all did well to make it lovely.
    A real treat!!

  37. Will definitely come back

    Very well done to build and services the ‘Dome’ in such difficult circumstances. Will definitely come back. Many thanks

  38. Great experience

    We had a lovely night at the willow tree. I had hired a dome
    for my partners 30th birthday. Service was great and the dome was
    beautiful. The only complaint I have was that myself and my partner ordered
    the lobster and crayfish pasta and it was literally just a bowl of pasta. I
    know lobster is expensive however I found two tiny bits of lobster and a
    few little bits of crayfish. We were both disappointed with it considering
    it was £28. Other than this the whole experience with great

  39. We can't wait to go back.

    We went for lunch in one of the domes, our waitress (Racheal) I think her name was, she was very friendly attentive and very sweet. The food was amazing. We can’t wait to go back.

  40. Recommend

    We were celebrating a birthday and wanted to try somewhere
    different. The Willow Tree certainly didn’t disappoint. Will definitely
    visit again and certainly recommend to friends and family. Thanks very much
    for a great evening.

  41. Great service

    The food was expensive for what we received but the actual
    service and ambiance was amazing!!

  42. Special birthday

    We were celebrating a special birthday and enjoyed the Dome very much. We then moved into the bar. Everything felt very safe. All staff we had contact with were lovely. My only reservations are that the afternoon tea is expensive for what you get, compared with other establishments, and the gluten free afternoon tea was let down by huge slabs of sandwiches and olives and cucumber in place of sausage roll (GF sausage rolls arent hard to make or buy in!) But overall, would reccommend to friends.

  43. Looking forward to our next visit

    We really enjoyed our evening at The Willow Tree in the Igloo and looking forward to our next visit.

  44. Brilliant

    Brilliant service and great experience in the dining domes. Would highly recommend.

  45. Lovely Experience

    We had a lovely afternoon tea in a dome for my mother’s birthday. All in all a lovely experience.

  46. Worth the wait

    We booked the dome. We had a long wait for our food but as an apology our drinks were taken off our bill. The food was incredible and definitely worth the wait.

  47. It was a great experience

    We dined in one of the domes for a wedding anniversary meal, as we have a vulnerable baby at home so wanted to be extra safe. The dome was very warm and we felt so safe and away from everyone else. The waitress only came in the dome to take our orders and was out again. They are aired out between guests and wiped down from the inside too. The food and service was excellent too. We had lunch there. The pizza was delicious. We got 3 starters as I read the portion sizes were small. However, this was not the case. The pork starter is pretty decent so by the time my pizza arrived I could only manage 2 slices and took the rest to go. I was also able to order dessert to go. It was a great experience. I would highly recommend it.

  48. Lovely anniversary

    Really loved the idea of having dinner in a dome, it was our wedding anniversary and I wanted something different and it certainly was, great service and lovely food, thank you

  49. A brilliant evening

    A brilliant evening. Loved the dome. Excellent service, excellent food. We’ll be back soon.

  50. Excellent experience

    Everything was excellent from the greeting to the service and food and the wonderful ambience of the dome experience. First rate job!

  51. We had a very special night

    We had a very special night celebrating my daughters birthday – I think was a magical setting with delicious food – thank you Willow tree , we will be back x

  52. Thank you for a wonderful lunch

    We used the Dome dinning and really enjoyed the experience and food. Everyone found something they liked and I will go again , maybe in the evening this time.

  53. High recommend!

    The pods are such an amazing idea. We will be back, especially now you have added heating!! Amazing atmosphere, friendly staff, delicious food!

  54. Lovely!

    Loved our experience in the dome. Staff all very friendly. Burger tasty.

  55. Not long enough

    My only point is that the time allocation slot was not long
    enough. We were rushed at the end to vacate dome. When I booked it was two
    and half hours I believe.

  56. Great place

    Lovely place, evenings are very nice with the lights. The staff was great.

  57. Overall it’s a lovely experience

    It’s a really nice idea to have the domes and the staff were
    really friendly. I think the process from being shown to the dome to having
    to awkwardly open the zip doors could do with some tweaking. Lights down
    the dark path would help, perhaps sealed, covered trays for the food to
    keep it warm and secure. Just a couple of things to make it more relaxing.

    Food was nice and the kid’s meals were great.

  58. We celebrated my mums 60th in one of the domes. It was a lovely and unique experience. My husband and brother felt the portion sizes could have been bigger as they both still felt hungry after their main (one had chicken roast and the other burger and chips) but the food was tasty.
    Covid guidelines were very robust with staff wearing masks and gloves and cleaning surfaces regularly.

  59. 👍

    A lovely afternoon tea dining in a dome. Thank you.

  60. Great and different experience eating in the dome. I enjoyed it.

  61. Recommended both for lunches and evenings

    Amazing service, they went above and beyond for us for the dome dining afternoon tea, which could was delicious so would definitely recommend. The domes were lovely even for a lunch in the daytime!

  62. Unbelievable experience!

    I took my Grandma for lunch in one of the domes as it seemed like such a new and unbelievable experience! The wait staff were amazing! We had a few tend to us and they all greeted us with the loveliest attitudes! Everyone is so welcoming and it’s such a lovely environment!

  63. Amazing food

    Super food experience In a magical setting 
    Big shout out to Oliver dome boy who looked After us. Pork belly starter was so good we had it twice

  64. Great for small baby showers

    Had an amazing evening for my friends small baby shower in one of the domes. Service was excellent, food was lovely and felt very well looked after. Thank you willow tree!

  65. Great 30th birthday

    So impressed with the Willow Tree. Food was amazing and loved spending my 30th in the dome. Also impressed with the cleanliness and their safe process of ensuring we felt safe using social distancing measures

  66. Fun time

    The food was excellent! We booked a dome, which is a fantastic experience. It was cold outside and warm inside (wine probably also helped). We had a great time!

  67. Excellent experience

    What an awesome experience,with great food and excellent service. 
    Looking forward to our next visit.

  68. Amazing evening

    So impressed with the dine in a dome evening I had with my boyfriend recently! All the staff at the Willow Tree were so welcoming, polite and happy to help with absolutely anything. They really made our night and experience one to remember! Thanks so much x

  69. The perfect place for a celebration or a romantic dinner

    I decided to book the dome for my friends 40th and I am pleased to say that we were not disappointed. The domes were beautiful at night, they lit up and it was lovely. The service was brilliant, the waiters all had masks and they never once entered the dome due to covid – 19. The food was really good and we all had the best time. The perfect place for a celebration or a romantic dinner. Will definitely be booking again.

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Your private dome hire 
✅ Please note that the dome booking fee only covers private hire of your dome, it does not include the cost of any food or drink.

Booking duration
✅ Lunch – 1 hour 45 minutes
✅ Dinner – 2 hours 15 minutes
Afternoon Tea is currently unavailable.

Booking cancellations & refund
✅ Get a full refund of the dome booking fee if you cancel at least 48 hours prior to the start of your reservation. All you need is to click ‘Cancel booking’ button below the booking calendar and provide your 7 digit booking number.

Air conditioning
✅ All domes are now air conditioned as the weather demands. Heating is also available.

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