Corona Virus Update

The cafe will be re-opening on Friday 7th August. You can book a table for Breakfast or Lunch at the bottom of the page.

Please be aware that for the time being we will be closed on Monday’s & Tuesdays, and our opening hours have changed to 9.30am- 4.30pm.

This summer you can now enjoy our lunch menu as a picnic by booking one of our wildflower meadow tables.  These are covered by a gazebo too so you don’t need to worry if the weather takes a turn for the worst!

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.


Online booking requests must be made 24hrs in advance. If you require a reservation within 24hrs please contact us by telephone.
When making your booking please state in the ‘Comments/ Request’ box whether you would like a table in the Cafe, Patio or in the Wildflower Meadow. Please note that Wildflower Meadow tables can only be booked for lunch (after 12pm) and for tables of 4-6 persons. Food is served ‘street food style’ in disposable containers.

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)