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Peacocks Tearoom

Certificate of Excellence
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British, English, Tea Room
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65 Waterside, Ely CB7 4AU, England
+44 1353 661100
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10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Hours:
Wed - Sun 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Dessert
Description: We offer cream teas, hot dishes, salads and sandwiches all day, and all...
We offer cream teas, hot dishes, salads and sandwiches all day, and all freshly prepared to order. It's not 'fast food' and sometimes, especially busy days in the summer, there may be a bit of a wait for the food. It could probably be done quicker, and cheaper, but it wouldn't be as good. Our tea-list is certainly unique - nowhere else in the world are you offered teas from every continent. We're proud that the much-missed Tea Guild, in their final annual awards in April 2013, again gave us an Award of Excellence - the eighth year running, counting the time they declared us the best tea-place in the country. The Times newspaper has listed us in their top 5 places to have tea, and Country Living magazine named us their favourite tearoom. Most recently, in 2015, BBC Good Food magazine listed us among their 10 favourite tea-rooms, so we have a lot to live up to. We keep looking for ways to improve. If you have never been, let's hope you have the opportunity soon. We look forward to seeing old and new friends.
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Good for:
Families with children
Romance

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  • 9
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great Gluten Free Scones

Great gluten free scones with loads of clotted cream and jam of your choice. It was a pleasure to sit in the "naughty girls corner" with my mother (aged 82!!) and enjoy the ambience of the tea room. The staff were very efficient and knowlegeable with the extensive menu of teas available. Will... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
January M
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Cognac, France
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
  • Dessert
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Cognac, France
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Great gluten free scones with loads of clotted cream and jam of your choice. It was a pleasure to sit in the "naughty girls corner" with my mother (aged 82!!) and enjoy the ambience of the tea room. The staff were very efficient and knowlegeable with the extensive menu of teas available. Will return on my next visit from France.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

I visited this place one Sunday with my family. Wow! The staff were exceptionally friendly and welcoming and went out of their way to accommodate us. Service was excellent and the selection of food and teas was second to none. We will most definitely be visiting here again in the very near future.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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17 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We went in for drinks only, the teas and hot chocolate were lovely. The food going onto the other tables looked really nice so hopefully we will return and try it someday. The staff were really friendly and the atmosphere was really nice and relaxed. Will surely return when we are in the area again :)

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George P, Owner at Peacocks Tearoom, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your visit and found the staff friendly and the atmosphere relaxed. That's what we aim for. Perhaps the owner was busy elsewhere. More 

Suffolk, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

Having called here today we were saddened to have to have our food with dogs laying on the floor inside the tea room. I am surprised this is allowed dog hair floating around near people's meals. The food was good but not the experience. I will not be returning.

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George P, Owner at Peacocks Tearoom, responded to this review

Sorry you didn’t like it. Customers come in all shapes and sizes and we try to be tolerant. Some arrive fresh from a muddy country walk, others laden with shopping; some have babies and buggies that you could enter into a cross-country rally (the buggy, not the baby), and others are accompanied by a (more or less) faithful hound. We... More 

Ely, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Food here is great - limited menu, but lots of delicious cakes! Come for the decadent tea and coffee selection, all served in charming setting. It does get very busy and this can detract from the experience, as tables are close together and it is noisy, but catch it on a quiet day, and it is English tea room at... More 

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George P, Owner at Peacocks Tearoom, responded to this review

Thank you Dr Samartha. You're right: if it were not for the customers the place would be neater and quieter, and the service would be faultless, the staff more friendly, and even the owners would have time to be charming - and the business would be about to shut. With our charming customers the service is a bit slower, the... More 

East Anglia
Top Contributor
127 reviews 127 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

So worth the wait in the queue outside. Possibly the best tea shop ever! Love the quirky decor with antiques and collectables. Despite being really busy the staff were lovely. The food was served with a smile. If you're visiting Ely this wonderful little place is definitely worth a visit.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

This Tearoom is really special. Lovely varied menu with " specials" on offer. The choice of teas is amazing (and wonderful coffee) all served in china cups. A special mention for the staff who were friendly and helpful. We would definitely return and would recommend it to anyone.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

This tearoom is awesome, totally worth my 1.5hour train from London to Ely. The tea menu is the most extensive in the UK that I have seen by far, with really cute names too "Sherlock Holmes, Moriarty, etc". The Golden Assam Tip I had was really authentic. And the cakes are top-notch! Best lemon cake ever, really moist and the... More 

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George P, Owner at Peacocks Tearoom, responded to this review

Thank you Hayley T for that lovely review. I just hope people don't assume, when they read something as glowing as that, that we must be writing our own reviews or drafting in aunts and cousins to do it for us. In fact, I ran out of aunts long ago. More 

Upminster, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

A must for a coeliac diner. Choice of sandwiches, scones and cakes plus a plethora of teas. Wish I lived in Ely and could come every week. Totally charming and reasonable prices.

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

If your in Ely you must go to Peacocks. There home made soup is delicious and the selection of teas and coffees remarkable. Also recommend are the beautful sandwichs.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 65 Waterside, Ely CB7 4AU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cambridgeshire  >  Ely
  • Phone Number: +44 1353 661100

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 30
  • Cuisine: British, English, Tea Room

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance

Description

We offer cream teas, hot dishes, salads and sandwiches all day, and all freshly prepared to order. It's not 'fast food' and sometimes, especially busy days in the summer, there may be a bit of a wait for the food. It could probably be done quicker, and cheaper, but it wouldn't be as good. Our tea-list is certainly unique - nowhere else in the world are you offered teas from every continent. We're proud that the much-missed Tea Guild, in their final annual awards in April 2013, again gave us an Award of Excellence - the eighth year running, counting the time they declared us the best tea-place in the country. The Times newspaper has listed us in their top 5 places to have tea, and Country Living magazine named us their favourite tearoom. Most recently, in 2015, BBC Good Food magazine listed us among their 10 favourite tea-rooms, so we have a lot to live up to. We keep looking for ways to improve. If you have never been, let's hope you have the opportunity soon. We look forward to seeing old and new friends.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 4:30 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?