This intriguing eatery based in Worsley, Salford is an indoor café which, as the name would suggest, leads to a suntrapped secluded outdoor garden to the rear. Quaint and cosy, you could be mistaken for thinking you've inadvertently stepped foot into someone's suburban home when entering.
Open 7 days, The Secret Garden Tea Room is inviting and homely; a testament to its attentive staff. A main road separates the café from a picturesque river bank (barges and greenery galore.) Not great for those in need of a parking space, but the garden emits more of a "pop-in-and-see-us-on-a-whim" kind of vibe, perfect for passing locals.
Walk through the archway and it's hard not to sense an Alice-in-Wonderland ambiance as you take a seat past potted plants and patio furniture. Ponder the menu filled with refreshments and dainty delicacies including an array of homemade desserts. (Clotted cream and locally made ice-cream? Don't mind if I do.)
Food-wise, take your pick from classics such as jacket potatoes and a selection of sandwiches, salads and soups. Personally I can highly recommend the welsh rarebit with a side salad and homemade coleslaw! Alternatively you can treat yourself to 'high tea for two' or check out the kid's lunch option for your little ones while they explore the small play area to the back.
I'm not sure of their policy for rainy days, but I was lucky enough to visit on one of those rare occasions when the British Summer weather decided to behave itself. Thoroughly enjoyable in the glorious sunshine, I doubt even emergency gazebos and drizzle could dampen the good vibes of this charming little hideaway!