Situated on the edge of St Albans with stunning views over open fields, the Potting Shed Cafe is light and spacious serving speciality teas and coffee, breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes using our own grown and locally sourced produce.


Relax and enjoy wonderful food, made with great produce, overlooking beautiful countryside

Set within a converted barn The Potting Shed has become one of the most popular places to eat in St Albans, Harpenden, Welwyn and surrounding villages in Hertfordshire. On warm sunny days, with views over a beautifully landscaped garden and open fields you can dine outside on our patio or with the bi-fold doors opened to enjoy the summer breeze gently blowing in. Well behaved dogs are welcome, so you can relax and enjoy a well-earned drink and slice of cake after a walk around Heartwood Forest situated just a mile down the road.
After growing fruit and vegetables for our farm shop for over 90yrs, we thought it was about time we gave our customers the opportunity to dine with us in our restaurant and sample some of the lovely things we grow in a selection of great dishes. Whether you are looking for a light bite or hearty lunch we have a wide range of dishes to suit everyone. We have a good selection of vegetarian and gluten free options and a number of our dishes are also vegan friendly. We update our specials menu regularly with seasonal favourites so no matter how often you visit there is always something new to try!
If you are looking for somewhere to celebrate or you if just fancy treating yourself and some friends, we offer a sumptuous cream tea served with a choice of tasty fingers sandwiches, cakes and scones, served with hand selected teas. Afternoon tea is served from 2.30pm- Mon- Sun. Please call to make a reservation. Bookings must be made 24 hours in advance and a 50% deposit is required. If you are looking for a gift idea, we also sell gift vouchers.


Please submit your reservation details and we will contact you to confirm your booking

Online booking requests must be made a minimum of 24hrs in advance. If you require a reservation within 24hrs or if the reservation is for more than 6 people, please contact us by telephone. Additionally, we do not take reservations for weekends, tables are offered on a first come, first serve basis

A true Field to Fork experience

We welcome dogs

We welcome dogs in the café & garden, but owners must adhere to the following rules:

Dogs must be well behaved & not cause a nuisance to staff & guests.  Barking, whining or jumping up at the table or furniture will not be tolerated.  It is strictly prohibited for dogs to sit on owners laps or on the furniture.  We allow only one dog per person & a maximum of two dogs per table.  Regretfully, due to space constraints, we cannot host large dogs (anything larger than an average sized Labrador)

Christmas Opening Hours

Café (& Nursery)

Christmas Eve: 9.00am- 4.00pm
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: Closed
Friday 27th Dec: Closed
New Years Eve: 9.00am- 4.00pm
New Years Day: Closed

** Last orders for drinks 30 mins before close