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

SUMMER MENU: served Wednesday to Sunday

TAPAS MENU: served Wednesday to Friday

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.  

New for Summer 2022, enjoy a beautiful ‘Boho Dome’ perfect for a relaxed or romantic dining experience. Floor cushions, low table, pampas grass, silk flowers, lanterns and fairy lights bring the bohemian vibe to The Willow Tree domes. 

Enjoy a Boho Dome or a Dining Dome for lunch or dinner at this happy hideaway, with Dyson heaters come rain or shine. 

Please note, we do not recommend the Boho Domes for elderly guests or those with back problems who may find the floor ‘poofs’ uncomfortable.

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

93 reviews

  1. Perfect

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. Something Different

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

  7. Fantastic

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

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. A bit short

    Would be nicer to have the dome slightly longer

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Very good service

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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 .

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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!

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. Excellent

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

  30. Wonderful Atmosphere

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

  31. 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.

  32. Thoroughly recommend

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

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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

  36. 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.

  37. Strong recommendation

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

  38. 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 .

  39. 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.

  40. Ambience was better than expected

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

  41. 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;

  42. 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.

  43. Excellent overall

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

  44. 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

  45. Pods worked brilliantly

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

  46. Well done

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

  47. 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.

  48. Fabulous dining

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

  49. Will arrange another visit

    Thoroughly enjoyed the experience and will certainly arrange another visit

  50. Excellent

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

  51. 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.