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photo LEFT: English tea in the Orangery.

The Orangery

The Orangery, a columned building in the gardens next to the palace, was built for Queen Anne in 1704. It was designed as a greenhouse and summer dining room, with columns separating tall windows that admit vast quantities of sunlight into the long, narrow interior that now serves as a restaurant and café.

photoThe Orangery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in peak season and until 5 p.m. from November through March. (Check for current hours and menus.) Visit in the morning for coffee and pastries, or come for soups, salads, desserts, and other light foods during the luncheon hour. From mid-afternoon until closing time, the Orangery serves a traditional English tea.

photoEvery now and then, the Orangery creates menus to honor special occasions. Example: For the 50th anniversary of D-Day in June, 2004, it began serving a "War Time Menu" based on WWII food rations and recipes.

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