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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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Hampshire England
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57 reviews 57 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

First time visitors to Ely and we were recommended to go to Peacocks. There is a huge range of teas available here (not to many coffee's) and as you would expect a large selection of very good cakes. The place was very busy with queues outsides at times but the staff worked hard and nobody was kept waiting for long.... More

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Gyor, Hungary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

The atmosphere was very friendly even that there were so many people. I felt a slight discomfort, because the tables were very close to each other. I found the prices too high, so I'd rather recommend this place to some occasion. They have a huge range of teas and less of desserts. The waitresses were very friendly and kind to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Been here dozens of times. Brilliant selection of teas, really good with classics, home blends, great tasting new ones, a place for tea connoisseurs too. Always have great daily specials, great salads and lunch options. Homemade cakes are gorgeous, with homemade jam. Inside lovely, decorated with old tea memorabilia, beautiful teapots etc. Cute tables with tablecloths. Waitresses always very good.... More

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This tea room is well situated in Ely, on arrival we were quickly shown to our table and presented with a very comprehensive menu. The use of mixed china cups and saucers works well with he style of the café. The toilets are exceptional in their decoration.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

My favourite little treasure in Ely...me and my partner regularly go for a nice walk along the river followed by a trip in the antiques shop next door and finish it all off in the tearoom...the only bad thing is I am so boring and only have the same thing...the amazing chocoalte cake! but everything else always looks really nice... More

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

Thanks Yasmin. A review like yours is always welcome. There's no need to feel guilty about always choosing the same cake - we've no plans to change it - but if you do, why not try one of our brownies - meltingly moist when they're warmed up? Or our new lemon and lavender cake? Or just stick to what you... More

North Walsham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Waited 20 minutes to get into the place. Once myself and my family were seated we were given the menus. Unfortunately the did not cater for my autistic nephews taste. And did not want to either!! What was on the menu looked nice but far to expensive. They certainly. Know how to rip the public off.

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

Poor old Barnesfordham! I see that after visiting 145 cities (everywhere from Little Snoring to Great Snoring) and travelling with TA for 2 years you have only found one restaurant to review that you haven't rated as poor. So perhaps we were never going to please you. And I'm not sure how you're qualified to rate the food here without... More

Cambridge, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I live in the Ely area and have visited Peacocks many times over the years. This last visit was with a female friend who had not been to the Tearooms before and she was delighted with everything about it. We both and a pot of tea and smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwiches which were delicious. The waiting staff are... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We had been recommended to this tearoom so we took some visitors there recently. We sat inside and had a light tea of scones and cake. There is an extensive menu of different teas and we all had something different, served in individual pots. I am not a tea connoisseur but I thoroughly enjoyed my Darjeeling but, if you are... More

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

Glad you enjoyed your first visit here. Do come again soon. One small correction - we've been opening on Tuesdays (i.e. only closed on Monday) throughout July and August and will be till the end of September, at least. We look forward to seeing you. More

Ely, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

I recommend to anyone visiting Ely to have lunch at this lovely Tearoom. I have been many times and never been disappointed. The restaurant is located beside the river in a beautiful spot. During the weekend there is usually a queue outside. There are few table outside and many more inside. The hosts are welcoming and friendly. I have tried... More

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

Thanks for your review(s). Glad you like it here. I'm afraid that for some reason it seems hard to reply to glowing reviews, but they are much appreciated. More

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Had my birthday lunch there on August 20th and liked it so much went back for scones and crumpets the next day. The food is all homemade and portions are generous. Lovely atmosphere.

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