For Booking Reservations

Reservations are available for those wishing to join us for lunch. The best way to book is via our online calendar below or under the ‘Reservations’ tab on the home page. Online reservations can be made up to 24 hours in advance. If you would like to make a reservation within 24hrs you can call the day before, but please do so before 11am or after 3pm. Please note that the majority of our tables are offered on a walk-in basis so we should be able to accommodate you.  However, on the weekends it can be busy and a 5-10 min wait for a table can be common. 

Please note- We do not take reservations for guests planning to visit for drinks & cake, tables are offered on a walk-in basis only.  We will always do our best to accommodate you on the day, but recommend that you avoid the busiest times (11.45am-2.30pm) due to high demand at breakfast & lunchtimes as we prioritise guests coming to eat.

All tables are allocated for a maximum of 75mins.

Last orders for breakfast are taken at 11.30am & 3pm for lunch.  Last orders for drinks are taken at 4pm.  We shut at 4.30pm. 

Table requests for six people or more- Please contact us by email or by telephone after 2.30pm at least 24hrs before (contact details below) and we’ll do our best to assist – To ensure you’re served efficiently, we will require a pre-order for groups of seven or more guests. In order to guarantee great service for all our guests, the maximum table size we can accommodate at the weekend is six.

If you’d prefer an outside table (available May-Sept), require a highchair or if you’re bringing your dog with you – please note this in the ‘Comments/Request’ box and we shall try our very best to fulfill your request.

Tel- 01727 856995 – Email- [email protected]

Free Parking- (Max Stay 2hrs)

Please Note- We are a CARD ONLY venue and do not accept cash payments


Welcome to The Potting Shed

Relax and enjoy wonderful food made with great produce

Situated on the edge of St Albans with stunning views over open fields, the award winning Potting Shed Cafe is light and spacious, serving breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes using our own grown and locally sourced produce. We also offer a great selection of artisan drinks, pastries and cakes.

Beautiful views from our award-winning café

Set within a converted barn and with views over a beautifully landscaped garden and open countryside, the award-winning Potting Shed Café is one of the most picturesque venues to eat in St Albans, Harpenden, Welwyn and surrounding villages in Hertfordshire.

On warm sunny days, you can dine outside on our sheltered patio or, with the bi-fold doors open, 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 less than a mile down the road.  Located at Carpenter’s Garden Centre, there is also ample free parking and the option to browse the beautiful displays of plants and flowers on your way in and out of the cafe.

Delicious fresh food created with seasonal, home-grown produce

After growing fruit and vegetables on-site for our farm shop for over 90yrs, we’ve gained a wealth of knowledge in growing the best produce.

Our chefs use what we grow to create original dishes and seasonal favourites for our specials menu, so we always have something new to try.

Whether you’re looking for a light bite or hearty lunch, we have a wide range of dishes to suit everyone. You will also find a great selection of Vegetarian, Vegan And Gluten-Free options.

We welcome dogs

Our venue and team are very fond of dogs and welcome them to the café & garden. However, we ask that owners ensure their dogs are well behaved & do not cause a nuisance to other guests.  We also ask that you ensure they have been to toilet before they visit.

In order to ensure everyone’s visit is pleasurable, we do not permit barking, whining, jumping up at the tables or dogs on the chairs or furniture.

Due to space constraints, we allow one dog per person and a maximum of two dogs per table. Regretfully, we cannot host large dogs (anything larger than an average sized Labrador).

When making a booking please let us know that you will be bringing your dog so we can reserve a table in one of our dog-friendly areas. We look forward to seeing you and your doggie soon!

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