The Orangery today
Queen Anne saw the potential of The Orangery as a retreat from the hubbub of Whitehall and today The Orangery remains a treasured escape from the busy city. Approached through tranquil gardens, it retains the grand Corinthian columns, soaring ceilings and sweeping arches that so enchanted the courtiers.
Visitors relax as they take their seats in the light and airy dining room and look out over the peaceful lawns and clipped tree avenues. On special occasions, our classical harpist will be in residence, adding another dimension to The Orangery’s uplifting and quintessentially English experience.
The Orangery’s original Portland Stone Terrace overlooks the lawns and is open all summer for al fresco dining. If there’s a nip in the air we’ll even provide rugs to keep you cosy as you take in the sights and scents of the gardens.
Many visitors to Kensington Palace like to make their day really special with breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea at The Orangery. However, The Orangery is also a highly regarded restaurant in its own right.
For lunch with friends or clients in lovely, relaxed surroundings, family occasions in a unique venue, or simply brunch with the papers after a weekend walk in the park, we guarantee a warm welcome to adults and children alike and that you’ll never, ever be rushed on.
Meet the team
Head Chef Alok Datta is passionate about seasonal ingredients and always finds inspiration at the morning markets. His menu is finely tuned to provide a balanced selection of delicious light bites and more substantial hot dishes. Our chefs are passionate, but not precious. If you want to change something, go ahead.
Led by restaurant manager Grant Sired, our waiting staff are polite and professional, but most of all friendly. Their aim is for you to relax, feel at ease and well looked-after. They are also very knowledgeable, so do feel free to ask them about the history of the palace, the array of wonderful teas we serve, or about the food.
Historic Royal Palaces
Historic Royal Palaces is an independent charity that also looks after Hampton Court Palace, The Tower of London, Kew Palace and Banqueting House. Historic Royal Palaces’ aim is to help everyone explore how monarchs and the people surrounding them have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. Although the palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, Historic Royal Palaces receives no funding from the Government or the Crown.
Please email the restaurant manager Grant Sired or call on 020 3166 6113.