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Peacocks Tearoom

65 Waterside, Ely CB7 4AU, England
01353 661100
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Ranked #1 of 88 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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Suffolk England
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

Stumbled on this tearoom and had a nice lunch - The teas are great and complimentary hot water top up was a nice touch. The food was tasty, and I particularly liked the chutney which accompanied my salad. The decor is quaint and the staff pleasant. It was busy so we shared an 8 person table with another family. The... More

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UK
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

great food an service. Location also spot on. We had afternoon tea and it was a delight. Served in bone china service and with actual tea leaves. About as good as it gets.

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Richmond surrey
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

You could not pick a more perfect venue for the archetypal English afternoon tea. The staff are helpful and charming, the selection of teas mind-boggling and the sandwiches, scones and cakes divine. And all beautifully presented on bone china. Do go!

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London, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

I've been going to the Peacocks Tearooms on and off for years. Really extensive selection of teas, cakes and light meals. Great place to go for an extra special treat if your with your mum or gran and want to spoil them with old English style. The only negative would be that I don't get a very relaxed vibe when... More

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London, United Kingdom
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86 reviews 86 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This was our second visit to Peacocks Tearoom - the girls who serve are run off their feet as it's so busy but manage to keep smiling and offer very friendly service. The food is really tasty and the selections of teas on offer vast! I recommend the chocolate tea - it really does have a hint of chocolate without... More

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Ely, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Having lived in the area for many years Peacocks has always been talked about, but i have never been. I went last saturday and what have i missed. Expect to wait for a table as it gets very busy, but once seated you will be well looked after. The service was prompt and very friendly, the menu was extensive, including... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The Peacocks Tearoom is much more than just B&B. It is an experience and so very British. The listed 18th century cottage offers two suites above the tearoom - both beautiful and tastefully decorated with antiques. Everything is very comfortable and clean. Excellent tea and breakfast, all homemade. The atmosphere and staff very warm and friendly. Excellent value for money.... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

A fantastic place in an outstanding position. Huge choice of teas and the cakes and light meals are delicious. All the staff are very pleasant too. It's worth a visit just to read the menu. Can't recommend it highly enough.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Service was fine on this day, though it wasn't a very busy day. The setting is nice on a fine day and the staff pleasant. It is however riduculously expensive for a tea room in Ely.

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Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Love everything about this place - the beautiful location next to the river, the garden full of rose bushes, the fascinating and entertaining menu, the selection of delicious loose teas (I really like a decent tea), the delicious salad I ate, the delicious gluten-free options including brownie (warm with clotted cream - yum) and scones. I only wish it was... More

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