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Peacocks Tearoom

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Coffee Shop, English, Tea Room
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65 Waterside, Ely CB7 4AU, England
+44 1353 661100
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Hours:
Wed - Sun 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Dessert
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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Good for:
Families with children
Romance

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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
Lives upto reputation

My boyfriend and I visited Ely on Sunday and after reading the reviews for this teashop on here it was somewhere I wanted to try if possible. Even the lady in the tourist information centre suggested here. It would be easy to miss but we stood at the gate waiting to be seen, I thought that was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

My boyfriend and I visited Ely on Sunday and after reading the reviews for this teashop on here it was somewhere I wanted to try if possible. Even the lady in the tourist information centre suggested here. It would be easy to miss but we stood at the gate waiting to be seen, I thought that was a lovely touch.... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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15 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

My partner and I went to Ely at Saturday for a jaunt about the city and to walk along the river. By recommendation we visited Peacocks, and I am glad we did. I am a baker myself and am very much partial to a slice of cake with coffee and tea, and I would advise anyone to true to carrot... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Gorgeous homemade soup and cheese scone for a very reasonable price. Amazing selection of teas, if I lived locally I'd visit weekly to try them all! Unfortunately we were too full to have a cake after lunch, a good excuse to come back :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

a very pretty building, in a pretty location. Service and produce of top quality, and worth travelling a distance to experience.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Good variety of teas; nice selection of snacks and cakes. A bit whacky - waited a bit - pouring with rain outside - bit of a squeeze. Had a lovely cuppa - that's what you want in a tea room!

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scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

I have been to peacocks many times. Will forever love it and it's glorious scones. However I can't help but enjoy the odd bad review on here due to the fantastic replies from the owner! Please make a book of them and I could gladly read over and over! X

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

I suppose I should be grateful really that you are still enjoying our scones, so thanks for that, but I’ve said it before (and you’re apparently one of the few people who could tell me when): What have we done to deserve friends who enjoy our “bad reviews” and draw the world’s attention to them? It’s probably a waste of... More 

Hertfordshire, UK
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171 reviews 171 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
222 helpful votes 222 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Stopped here for a cuppa and a snack on our way from the station to the cathedral. It wasn't an unpleasant experience, but it wasn't as wonderful as its reputation would suggest. It's a fairly ordinary tearoom - clean, tastefully decorated (if a bit chintzy), with a good range of teas, some well-toasted toasted teacakes, and polite service. Its location,... More 

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

THE CLUE IS IN THE NAME KeepSmilingUk says “It’s a tearoom” as if that is a criticism: we take it as high praise – but I can see how the problem arose. How many times have I warned people about the dangers of over-fulsome reviews? Talk of “une équipe charmante”, a “wunderkammer”, “quirkiness”, “scrumptious waitresses” and “a naughty girls’ corner”... More 

Barcelona, Spain
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

I loved my "Full Monty" afternoon tea here at Peacocks Tearoom. Set in small quirky rooms with that homemade feel, it is the perfect place for an afternoon tea and catch up with friends after a long days walk around the beautiful Ely. The tea selection is vast and it is always a lot of fun choosing and trying a... More 

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

We are very glad you enjoy your visits, and we love a review like that, but the danger is that people see the 5-star review and don’t bother reading the details – even I know that choosing a new tea to drink is not everyone's idea of fun. I just hope we don’t soon hear from someone like that, who... More 

Cardiff, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

This tearoom is award winning and you can see why. A most impressive range of teas and some truly delicious cakes coupled with friendly, helpful waiting staff and a most genial host set Peacocks apart from the (very many) other tearooms I have visited. The décor and crockery are quaint and quirky, and the location, right next to the water,... More 

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

Thank you JayneR for the lovely review. Let's just hope that people don't spot the date and assume that it is all a prank. Come again. More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Called in here for tea and cake and it was lovely! Quaint tea room with china plates, cups, saucers and teapots! There are many different teas to choose from and also combinations of speciality teas – such as The Sherlock Holmes, Dr Watson, Mrs Hudson and Moriarty blends. All three of us had a different cake and each was delicious.... More 

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Restaurant Details

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 7 - 30
  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop, English, Tea Room

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance

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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