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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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Wed - Sun 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Coffee & Tea, Dessert, Reservations
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.
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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
Delicious and perfection

Perfectly situated by the river, in a shady corner surrounded by roses and cottage garden flowers, serving the most beautiful of teas, coffee, cakes, light lunches and more. The afternoon tea we came for, was exceptional and faultless. Some of us had tea and scones whilst others went for the full... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
mynonnaEly
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Ely
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romantic
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Ely
Top Contributor
166 reviews 166 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Perfectly situated by the river, in a shady corner surrounded by roses and cottage garden flowers, serving the most beautiful of teas, coffee, cakes, light lunches and more. The afternoon tea we came for, was exceptional and faultless. Some of us had tea and scones whilst others went for the full afternoon tea. Gorgeously mismatched crockery, old fashioned in every... More 

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Ely, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I have been going to Peacocks ever since it opened. If you want experience what a proper afternoon tea should be like, then this is the place for you. Over the years it has expanded from a very small room to taking over what was the ground floor of the owners house. They have now built a house round the... More 

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Ely, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Have visited twice. First visit found Great choice of teas. Toasted sandwiches very tasty and filling. Rather expensive. Very pleasant staff. Children had ice-cream which was returned, tasteless and watery. 2nd Visit. Very cold day, queued for about 15 minutes outside. 2 small rooms with too many tables, pleasant staff again. DOGS are allowed. Outside seating, again cramped. Find this... More 

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Cambridgeshire
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Great experience have enjoyed both lunch & tea here. Dogs welcome outside or in part of the tea rooms. Dog's water bowl at the ready. Adjacent to the river so animated in the summer with a lovely walk to reduce the calorie damage. Great food & service but no booking ahead so be prepared to queue at peak times but... More 

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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

We went here for the second time this afternoon, and I have to say, both of my experiences have been nothing but perfect. The service is great, we were seated after only about a 5 minute wait, and our waitress and the rest of the staff were so very friendly. We just ordered a nice little dessert, my sister got... More 

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King's Lynn
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015 via mobile

I visit Ely frequently as do not live too far away but had not had the pleasure, and it really was a pleasure, to visit the tearoom before, mostly because it is always so busy. What a treat I have been missing. Beautiful setting, like stepping back in time (in a good way) with exhaustive choice of teas and a... More 

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East Grand Forks, MN
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29 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

When envisioning English Tea, this is the place to do it. The Peacocks Tearoom is like having tea in your old aunt's parlor, complete with mismatched cups and saucers, appropriate decore, and food that simultaneously delights and comforts. This is a stop well worth making. The tea selection itself warrants multiple return visits as it is comprised of "regular teas"... More 

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

Another lovely review - thank you so much. Since you've chosen the name Happy Traveler, it sounds as if you tend to look on the bright side of life, which tends to make our job just a touch easier. Glad you enjoyed the puddings. Personally I think pudding is the best part of English cooking, so we make sure that... More 

Groningen, The Netherlands
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

In my experience, a tea room offers tea and a lunch room offers lunch. It's probably me, but at Peacock's these two have seemed to blend in perfectly together! We were wandering through Ely and decided to go for the typical English tea experience and little did we know that they served the most amazing toasted sandwiched too. The menu... More 

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

Thanks Paul W. We don't aim to be 'hidden' (though, equally, we don't spend a lot on advertising) but you're right: it is always a treat to stumble across the right place at the right time. When that happens it's even better than a carefully prepared plan, and just for a moment one wonders why people bother with TripAdvisor at... More 

Western Ireland, Ireland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

I really enjoyed my visit and couldn't fault anything, and am looking forward to returning. The whole ambiance of this tearoom is just 'very special'. I hesitate to sy that it is 'old-fashioned' because that seems a perjorative view which isn't what I mean at all. It's the sort of atmosphere, welcome, service, and food, that everyone used to expect... More 

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

Thanks John K. When the next poor review arrives (and it's bound to: it is just not possible to please everyone all the time) it's reviews like yours that cheer us up and encourage us to keep going. Glad you liked the B&B too: as for the photos, I haven't done it on purpose, but on balance I'd rather they... More 

Loughborough, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

I took my American visitor for her first British afternoon tea at peacocks, again this place was selected based on recommendations. We both had individual pots of tea, cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches and scone with jam and clotted cream. They were served with a beautiful tea service. It was slightly disappointing that there wasn't an 'afternoon tea'option on the... More 

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

Thanks for taking the time to write to write us a review - and such a good one, too - but I'm puzzled. From 'the individual pots of tea', 'the beautiful tea service' and even,I have to admit, 'the Nick macs' it sounds like Peacocks, but if there was no afternoon tea option on the menu and the jam and... 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: Coffee Shop, English, Tea Room

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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: Coffee Shop, English, Tea Room

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 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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