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.