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Peacocks Tearoom

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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: Lunch, Quick Bites, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Amazing choice.

What a place, the choice of tea's are unbelievable, coffee pretty good also. Food is very good and service first rate. Staff are very friendly and helpful.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Copperline54
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North West England.
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  • Families with children
  • Romantic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

What a place, the choice of tea's are unbelievable, coffee pretty good also. Food is very good and service first rate. Staff are very friendly and helpful.

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

What an amazing tea room The young girls who wait on are so good well trained service with a smile My French roast coffee was so tasty no comparison with the chains in all the towns Why is it that some people just get it so right I won't be going anywhere else in ely Keep up the good work

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

This picturesque and pretty tearoom nestles close to the river and is perfect for a relaxing light lunch or afternoon tea. The service was efficient and staff polite and welcoming. The choice of teas available on the menu was extensive. We had tea and a toasted tea cake which was very large. We definitely plan to return soon to sample... More 

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Essex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

What a delightful experience. We had lunch at Peacocks on a beautiful sunny day, Welsh rarebit for me and croque monsieur for my Partner together with a pot of builders tea. They have the most amazing range of teas that we have ever seen; something to suit everyone. The tea shop is very traditional with lots of interesting pictures, tea... More 

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

Thanks, Essexmember, glad you enjoyed it, including the builders' tea. (I'm sorry we don't do it justice: builders' tea should really, I guess, be served in a cracked mug with a sugar-encrusted spoon and a crumpled copy of the Express. One day we'll get it right, if 'Health & Safety' allow.) More 

Cambridge, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Carrot cake one of the worst I've ever had - Tesco, Waitrose Sainsbury's all do better. Apple and cinnamon cake pretty tasteless also. Tea - water had peculiar tang. Wholly unremarkable tearoom - don't understand good ratings unless friends, relatives and Japanese tourists who don't know what a good piece of cake is have all rated it. Try Cambridge if... More 

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

The select group of our customers and reviewers - you know who you are - who like our tearoom but savour a poor review just to see how I react to it, have had rather thin pickings lately, so I know I really shouldn’t begrudge them a treat like this. (They know how to read between the lines of a... More 

Colchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

If you expect your food to be freshly cooked, your bread and cakes and scones home made and freshly baked then this is the place. We had delicious scrambled eggs with thick slices of crumbly ham, and Stilton pears and walnuts melted on rye bread. The latter was exceptionally good. Cakes were simple home made bakes, light and fluffy and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

Peacocks has been building up a fine reputation for excellent food, cakes and of course cream teas. The place is always busy so make sure you are prepared to wait as it's always worth it. The sandwiches have delightful touches which merit the higher price you would normally pay. Now the tea on this visit I had the Holmes teas... More 

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Wisbech
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This tearoom is in a pretty location by the canal. The staff couldn't be any friendlier. Lovely welcome as you approach. Lots of character. 4 of us had lunch. Soup, salad we all said delicious. Plenty of tea. Will be returning.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

What a splendid place Peacock's is! Long a favourite on visits to Ely, it is a perfect tearoom with an amazing range of beautiful and exotic teas and yummy cakes. Details like the fine china and the lacey tablecloths add to the enjoyment and mine host exudes charm and bonhomie.

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Newmarket, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I went here with a group of day centre users as there driver. The staff were great and the scones with jam and cream melted in your mouth. The whole group had a fantastic visit and I enjoyed sitting there watching the pleasure and the smiles on their faces. I have since then taken my wife here what a step... More 

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Additional Information about Peacocks Tearoom

Address: 65 Waterside, Ely CB7 4AU, England
Phone Number: +44 1353 661100
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cambridgeshire  >  Ely
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
Average Prices: USD 8 - 31
Cuisine: British

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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 8 - 31
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: British

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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