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Peacocks Tearoom

65 Waterside, Ely CB7 4AU, England
01353 661100
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Ranked #1 of 89 restaurants in Ely
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Tea Room
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Good for: Families with children, Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dessert
Description: Peacocks is an award-winning traditional English tearoom, family-owned and run. It overlooks the river (the Great Ouse) in a picturesque part of Ely. Light lunches, cream teas, homemade cakes and a variety of set afternoon teas are available all day, accompanied by beer and wines, hot chocolate and soft drinks etc; but the tearoom's speciality, not surprisingly, is its tea - over 70 varieties, green and black, plain and fancy. This is the only place in the world where you will be offered a choice of teas from every continent. They are all carefully served in charming mis-matched English bone china. Come here for a friendly welcome in a homely setting - the tearoom is established in the family home. No bookings - just turn up.Ely is really only a small market town but its stunning cathedral makes Ely technically a city. This ancient building is one of the wonders of English architecture. A visit is always impressive but if you have the time (and the money - about £15) a guided tour up into the unique Octagon tower and out onto the roof is an unforgettable experience and highly recommended. The Cathedral is at the top of the hill. Along the High Street and down the hill (ten minutes' stroll) is the tearoom, next to Waterside Antiques, the largest Antiques centre in East Anglia. In the High Street among the family businesses (pork butchers, chocolates, gents outfitters, newagent etc) and the usual chains you will find one of the best bookshops in the country - Toppings. There are interesting galleries and parks and TripAdvisor will show you good places to stay (starting with the Old Hall at Stuntney) and dine (beginning with the Old Fire Engine House). A walk along the river soon takes you out into the flatlands of the fens and the special attractions of Cambridge and Newmarket are close by.
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Island of Anglesey, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

Really enjoyed my visit to this tea rooms. I was on a day trip to Ely while staying with friends, wish I lived nearer to be able to visit more.

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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I visited my niece who lives in Ely. Visiting tearooms is one of my pleasures, I wasn't disappointed. I do like plain scones, and its not often that I'm able to have a cream tea. Peacocks do do fruit scones but I was tempted by the chocolate scone, served with a brownie and a delicious drink of hot chocolate topped... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Somewhere great to take older relatives, or friends for a sophisticated British afternoon tea! Almost feels like it's inside someones livingroom, but that's part of the charm! Welcoming staff and an icecream van just round the corner! Never eaten here, but what i've seen looks lovely!

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Aldeburgh, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I had never been to Ely before and found only 2 choices for afternoon tea. The other one offered only a 'tea for 2 people' charge and there were 5 of us, so we chose Peacocks. It's position is near the river and there is outside seating [very popular]. my partner and i had their full on afternoon cream tea... More

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33 reviews 33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The quality of tea, coffee and home made cakes delivered with friendly service at this delightful tea room is deservedly praised by the Trip Advisor reviewers. On the expensive side, perhaps, but worthwhile for a special treat. We particularly appreciated the care extended to our frail elderly relative. Highly recommended. It does close early, though.

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Ely, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Really lovely cakes of different flavours which are exciting, they also service the more traditional things like crumpets and tea cakes and cream teas! The inside is as a house is, so you can eat or drink in the Kitchen, dining room or living room! The rooms are set out like a house would be, however the furniture is set... More

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Kirkbymoorside, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This is a lovely tea room 'Granny's favourite' they have an excellent range of teas and coffees complimented with delicious cakes and snack lunch menu. It is one of our favourite places to take our elderly relative who lives nearby. We enjoy lunch and afternoon tea and they do a special afternoon tea with champagne - ideal for a birthday... More

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Suffolk England
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Stumbled on this tearoom and had a nice lunch - The teas are great and complimentary hot water top up was a nice touch. The food was tasty, and I particularly liked the chutney which accompanied my salad. The decor is quaint and the staff pleasant. It was busy so we shared an 8 person table with another family. The... More

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8 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

great food an service. Location also spot on. We had afternoon tea and it was a delight. Served in bone china service and with actual tea leaves. About as good as it gets.

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Richmond surrey
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

You could not pick a more perfect venue for the archetypal English afternoon tea. The staff are helpful and charming, the selection of teas mind-boggling and the sandwiches, scones and cakes divine. And all beautifully presented on bone china. Do go!

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