Corona Virus Update

Unfortunately, the Café is closed at this time due to the Corona Virus outbreak.  We hope that we will be able to open later this summer. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates

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

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.


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 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.

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.

If you are looking for somewhere to celebrate or you if just fancy treating yourself and some friends, we offer a sumptuous cream tea, accompanied with a choice of tasty fingers sandwiches, cakes and scones. Afternoon tea is served after 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)