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Peacocks Tearoom

65 Waterside, Ely CB7 4AU, England
01353 661100
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Ranked #1 of 90 Restaurants in Ely
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $7 - $30
Hours:
Wed - Sun 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Cuisines: Tea Room
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Good for: Families with children, Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Dessert
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 Tea Guild, in their 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, 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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Leicester, United Kingdom
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197 reviews 197 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
590 helpful votes 590 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Nice people, nice location, nice tea, but don't eat here. The specials on offer outside were off after we had queued for some time to get in, the service was very slow indeed, and the food on the normal menu was edible but very ordinary - not up to the write-up in the menu. The restaurant is probably good for... More 

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

Ouch! I'm sorry that we were busy and our dish of the day had all gone before you ordered. It came hot out of the oven at 12 and my usual hope is that there's going to be enough to satisfy demand - and a bit left over for my dinner. But we had such a sunny week-end, coming after... More 

Ely, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
123 reviews 123 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Twee little tearoom run by a local family. Both food and service great, tea comes in china cups and teapot...very gentile, although you can also request a mug. Food was good quality pies looked nice. Overall busy place that oozes quality, great service! Busy though go early

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

I was a bit worried when I read the title of your review - I was afraid you didn't like it here - but I see I was completely wrong. We're not aiming to be twee, but we do welcome toffs and tourists - as well as teenagers and trenchermen, theologians and theatricals, tandem-riders and triathletes, twitchers and tweeters, teachers... More 

Cambridge, UK
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015 via mobile

We live quite close by, but always find that Peacocks is full to bursting, so had never been before. We were lucky to get a table yesterday as it was a cold, damp Sunday, with fewer people down by the riverbank. From the homely welcome at the door, to the laugh-out-loud menu cover (you need to go there just to... More 

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

Glad you made it here at last, and enjoyed it. We do get busy sometimes, but it's a bit unpredictable - except that it's always empty when we open (and often stays quiet until lunchtime.) As I write this I'm waiting for the magic moment when customers outnumber the staff. I'll bear in mind your request about children - though... More 

Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I had only been in the UK for 3 days and this was my first visit and experience. I love how it is situated away from the town's center and tucked away in a quiet niche. We waited outside for a bit since apparently they are always busy but I was willing to do so and couldnt' wait to try... More 

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

Jeanette - I'm glad your friends brought you here so early in your stay - we look forward to seeing you again soon. Don't worry if tea isn't your drink, our coffees, chosen and roasted by another local family firm, are all tasty too. Looking forward to your next visit. More 

Peterborough, England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

My wife and I spent a recent Saturday exploring Ely, it was cold & wet when we came across Peacocks, unbeknown to us we had discovered what thousands of people had discovered before us, a near perfect lunch time dining experience, food to die for, absolutely excellent.

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

Thanks Nick. We like it when people just chance upon the tearoom and find it is what they were wanting - and especially when they follow up with such a lovely review. Do come again. More 

London, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Lovely setting right by the slipway to the river. Large interior but always very full so a bit tight on space. Unbelievable choice of fresh teas, lovely sandwiches and beautiful pastries and cakes. Lots of homemade items including the jam (we went just after Christmas and they had home made mulled plum jam, absolutely delicious). Young but delightfully efficient waiting... More 

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

Thanks for such an amiable review to end the year. We're very lucky with our staff - it's not always easy to remain charming and helpful in the darkest days of winter, but they usually manage. Our best wishes to you and all our customers for 2015. More 

Ely, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Love this tea room. Very friendly and welcoming. Very charming and excellent value for money. Highly recommend a visit.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

A bit tight for space but very quaint. Lots of pretty china on display and in use. The service and food is second to none. We always head here when in Ely and find it already full with others waiting. Lucky for us we were early and got a table immediately. Salt beef on half rye was delicious. Specials board... More 

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Ely, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Great place. Great atmosphere and old fashioned touches. Great food. Popular, so will often need to queue

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UK
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I visit once, maybe twice a year when catching up with friends. Always pleasant service and lovely drinks and food on offer!

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Additional Information about Peacocks Tearoom

Address: 65 Waterside, Ely CB7 4AU, England
Phone Number: 01353 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 7 - 30
Cuisine: Tea Room

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