The Willow Tree

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

Please note that menus are regularly updated and subject to change

WINTER MENU: available from December 1

FESTIVE MENU: available Nov 30 – Dec 24 (preorder required)

CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH

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

Enjoy Dining Domes for lunch or dinner at this happy hideaway. Domes are heated, adorned with fairy lights, bluetooth speaker and waiter call system. 

Diamond Dome 

A new supersized dining dome has landed! The sparkling ‘Diamond Dome’ seats up to sixteen guests making it the perfect choice for a special celebration with family, friends or colleagues. A magical dining experience awaits you in Bourn.
 

Photos courtesy of: Bubear Photograp

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

Heating

Air Purification

Vegan / Vegetarian Friendly

Gluten Free Dishes Available

Countryside Location

Kids Menu

High Chair

Standard Menu Available

Wheelchair Accessible

Ambient / Fairy Lights

Parking Available

Location

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

103 reviews

  1. Fantastic venue.

    Staff excellent, really went the extra mile.
    Love the pod, made my son’s 30th very special.

  2. A lovely evening in an unusual setting!

    Great food, attentive service.

  3. Would definitely recommend

    Was a very good night. The meal was very good even if a little overpriced. But overall no complaints.

  4. Thank you!

    We booked for a special dinner with Aunty visiting from Italy and a toddler.
    The dinner was perfect, we loved the relaxed and cosy atmosphere of our boho dome.
    Our server Cecilia was very attentive and made every effort to make our evening enjoyable.

  5. We had a fab evening

    Service was excellent. Lovely girls a credit to you. Thanks so much.

  6. I recommend!

    Lovely decor inside & a great experience & evening dining in the pods. Great service & ambience. A little expensive in comparison to other similar restaurants but a very unique & worthwhile experience in the pods at night

  7. Worth the price

    Our first time at The Willow Tree. Atmosphere was really special but felt food choices were a bit limited. Using serving domes to carry food down the garden would make sure our meals were nice & hot & add to the experience. 10% service charge was fair as all the staff were friendly, polite & helpful.

  8. Everything was superb.

  9. Absolutely fantastic

    I can’t recommend this place highly enough. The food was so fresh and delicious. The staff were friendly and attentive. The ambience in the dome pods was well worth the price as you can play your own music and have the warmth of the heater. Great little gem tucked away in Bourne.

  10. Would just like to say what an amazing experience we had at the willow tree’s dome dining. Staff were polite, friendly and efficient. Our food was lovely we had three courses and no complaints from us. Was presented well and the fries were the best we’ve had in a long time. Thank you so much for making our first wedding anniversary so special, the dome dining does have the most romantic feel to it and we cannot wait to return!!

  11. Perfect

    Perfect, great layout, love to see the owner is a fan of Alice in Wonderland just from walking in th

  12. Had the most amazing night here!

    I booked the Boho Dome for me and my friend, for her birthday and couldn’t of complained about anything if we tried!
    Stunning garden, Amazing service, delicious food, well made cocktails, and I
    loved the little touches, like the wireless speaker given to us to play our
    own music!
    Will definitely be telling everyone about this place and will be coming back!

  13. Couldn’t recommend enough!

    I booked a dome for my husband’s birthday and it was an absolutely incredible experience. We were made to feel very welcome and staff couldn’t do enough. A beautiful setting with a wonderful country feel.

  14. a lovely place to go

    It was a surprise for a friend to have dinner in one of the Domes. We had a lovely waitress and the food was fantastic. Couldn’t fault the evening. Everyone was friendly and it is a lovely place to go

  15. Boho Dome

    Visited on 3rd August 22. Had a very pleasant evening out in the Boho Dome. Waiting staff were attentive and food was well executed.

  16. Something Different

    fantastic experience, something different and great that you are keeping the domes going.

  17. Fantastic

    It was fantastic, the food was delicious.
    Our waitress Freya was brilliant, very knowledgeable and friendly.

  18. Highly recommend

    We loved the Dome was lovely and warm just a beautiful
    experience especially when it was dark with all the lights, quite magical

  19. 1st class experience

    My thoughts on the food was that it was over engineered and that a more straight forward menu would be welcome. Dining in the pod was a 1st class experience which I would certainly repeat. Tom our waiter was brilliant.

  20. Left in a rush

    The food was fantastic and it is a brilliant venue, however the staff very clearly were in a hurry to leave and locked up within 2minutes of us leaving without waiting to see if we had safely left the venue. It would be appreciated to double check customers had taxis and had continued on their journeys before leaving, especially considering the remote location of the pub.

  21. had a lovely romantic anniversary meal … very well looked after … we did wish we were given more than one tapas dish at a time …

  22. We would certainly come back

    We had a lovely evening dining in our dome. The attention and service was excellent, as was the food. What I particularly liked was being able to eat out at a restaurant…
    • without being subjected to piped music
    • being able to hear all of the conversation at our table of five
    • having the choice to play some music that we like at a volume that suits us with the Bluetooth speaker provided
    • able to regulate the temperature in the dome to suit

  23. Amazing culinary and magical experience in the dome

    We had a wonderful experience in a beautiful location with amazing food. The domes are really something special giving you a real intimate and exclusive evening. Staff where more than helpful and very precise but at the same time discreet. Amazing menu and fantastic quality food. The only down side for me personally was the wine list. I expected more particular and special wines from this location.

  24. A bit short

    Would be nicer to have the dome slightly longer

  25. We had such a fantastic time

    The staff couldn’t have been more helpful or sweeter. Would definitely recommend a pod as a fun alternative.

  26. Thoroughly recommend

    Absolutely amazing, food was delicious, the setting was
    beautiful with twinkle lights everywhere. Pods were clean and the staff were
    so polite, friendly and helpful with food choices and chatting. Magic with
    Lee Smith was mind blowing up close and personal. Would thoroughly recommend and I will be going back very soon.

  27. Very good service

    Enjoyed our first trip into a pod….it was fun…children loved
    the swing.

  28. Perfect evening thank you

    Second visit to the magical willow tree..despite pouring rain, the ambience in our own dome was magical and service by the smiley Freya was exceptional!
    The thai mussel broth was full of flavours,really delicious.
    Food was beautifully presented,hot and full of taste.

  29. Absolutely gorgeous

    Had a lovely valentine’s meal in one of the garden pods, staff were very efficient and polite and the meal was absolutely gorgeous, would highly recommend for that special intimate dinner.

  30. The food was delicious and the service was amazing

    We booked one of the lovely garden pods for our 7 year anniversary and it was truly amazing. The pods are super romantic, they are heated and you get wireless speakers to play your own music. We went during the week, so it was really quiet, which we also really enjoyed. I can really recommend booking the pods for a special occasion.

  31. Disappointing

    The look of the dome dining is so lovely and warm. Unfortunately, the service was very slow and in a 3 1/2hour meal we only had 2 drinks each. It was slightly raining which of course is not the fault of the staff but having cold wet food brought to us was very unpleasant. Some kind of system to attract staff attention and covers for food would be better. We were celebrating a birthday so it was disappointing for it to not be better.

  32. Brilliant!

    Highly recommend booking one of the Domes, it was a great experience and we had such a great time. Will definitely be going back.

  33. 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 .

  34. 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.

  35. Magical setting, but...

    Gorgeous crispy duck salad, but grossly underdone puff pastry around beef Wellington (you can’t do that to a £38 dish!) in a magical setting.

  36. SPECIAL!

    Q=How was the willow tree? Best way to describe our experience is SPECIAL!!! Our daughters 16th bday meal was so amazing in the dome that nothing else would compare. The place was breathtaking & gave us an overwhelming feeling. friendly staff that went out of their way to help us get my son comfortable as he had recent knee surgery so is in full traction. The food was lovely, but the ambience set in each dome has left us with a an evening that will never be forgotten,an absolutely priceless memory. We will be going regularly now we have found this Gem!

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. Excellent

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

  40. Wonderful Atmosphere

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

  41. 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.

  42. Thoroughly recommend

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