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Peacocks Tearoom

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65 Waterside, Ely CB7 4AU, England
+44 1353 661100
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Wed - Sun 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Families with children, Romantic
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. Open Wednesday to Sunday, and Tuesdays in the summer, and Bank Holidays.
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    Very good
  • 30
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  • 12
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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
Afternoon Tea

First time there today with the wife, was fantastic. Good quality at a good price. Would highly recommend.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Andy W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

First time there today with the wife, was fantastic. Good quality at a good price. Would highly recommend.

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Thank Andy W
Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

1. Friendly staff. 2. Lovely food. 3. Lovely tea. 4. On reflection friendly helpful and competent staff. If you are visiting Ely this place is a must. We will most certainly go back.

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Thank Edward C
Chatteris, England, United Kingdom
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141 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We came into Ely to visit the antique centre but were a little early so decided to see what the tea shop next door was like and were treated to a gem of place. From the moment we walked in we were charmed. The staff were friendly and the décor was just what an English tea shop should be. The... More 

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Thank Chatterisgirl
Machakos, Kenya
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

There is no better welcome to Ely on a chilly morning than this classic English restaurant. Any time is tea time. I was interested to observe the inspiration and vision behind the "Peacock" name. It doesn't take long after entry into the tea room before one begins to marvel at the beauty of the interior and the warmth of the... More 

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Thank Nthula N
Avoncliff, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying in the attached B&B, but fancied trying the tearoom in its own right. The furnishings and crockery are delightful. The choice of teas, coffees and accompanying snacks was excellent - my personal favourite being cheese and Marmite crumpets - the service attentive and welcoming, and the prices reasonable for this standard and riverside location.

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Thank 51nickg
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Was surprised at first to find we had to queue to get a table at Peacocks, but after my first visit we now realise why! A little gem of a place in a lovely setting by the river. Fantastic range of different teas and good choice of sweet and savoury snacks. Excellent food and service - was pleasantly surprised not... More 

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Thank Gillian S
George P, Owner at Peacocks Tearoom, responded to this review

Thanks Gillian S. I'm glad you found us and enjoyed it. Of course there's not a queue here every day, and, as you saw, we make an effort not to hurry you. What's the point of a tearoom if you're being pressurised to leave? More 

Reno, Nevada
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to visit England, visit Peacock's. We stayed in the adjoining rooms for two nights; comfy-cozy. The Tea Room delights with an expansive selection, scones with jam and clotted cream, and hot-crossed buns. My mouth waters just writing the review!

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Thank Paul M
Norfolk, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been to Peacocks on a number of occasions and the standard is always high. Sandwiches, cakes and scones served with a wide variety of teas, or have a light lunch. You may have to wait for a table in the summer but persevere it'll be worth the wait. They will provide gluten free scones and sandwiches, I would have... More 

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Thank DeeDee789
Cambs
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298 reviews
232 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An old fashioned tea shop, excellent choice of teas & great choice of food with lovely cakes. Personally I would prefer all my crockery/china matching, it would look as if they took more care, instead it's as if they just plonk whichever saucer /cup/ plate etc is next on the pile. Still, a lovely place to have a cuppa &... More 

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Thank ToffeeCambs
South West England, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stumbled across this little gem today on a visit to Ely. Great food and atmosphere. A real gem. Worth a visit.

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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 - 29
  • Cuisine: British, Cafe

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romantic

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 Wednesday to Sunday, and Tuesdays in the summer, and Bank Holidays.
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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