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Francis Tea Rooms

7 South Street, Scarborough, England
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Ranked #8 of 271 restaurants in Scarborough
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $5 - $11
Cuisines: British, Tea Room, Soups, Sandwiches
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Take a step back in time. . . Francis Tea Rooms is set in an original 1930's hairdressing salon, complete with wood-pannelled booths. It has an unique atmosphere with hand embroidered tablecloths and Art Deco vases. We serve Taylors coffee and a variety of their loose teas in vintage china. A varied menu of brunch, light lunches and afternoon teas is available as well as a large selection of homemade cakes, tray bakes and scones. Our specialities are Homemade Soups, Welsh Rarebits, Quiches and Traditional Afternoon Teas. Our own recipe scones, lemon meringue pie and fresh fruit almond cakes earned us a place in The Guardians Top Ten Budget Eats - Yorkshire Coast 2010.
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English first
Scarborough, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We decided to go for afternoon tea at Francis as it was my Birthday. Tucked away down a side-street, it turned out to be a little gem. I love anything quirky and different and this was both. From the moment we stepped inside to when we had finished our afternoon tea, it was perfect. ..so perfect I'm giving it 10/10.... More

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Normanton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

I visited last week with my son and my friend and had a lovely relaxing afternoon. Francis tea rooms is a fantastic find and we will be returning when we next visit Scarborough. The afternoon tea was delicious with a great selection of sandwiches, a scone and 2 slices of homemade cake all washed down with a proper cup of... More

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Just had to write about our wonderful visit - just taken my mum here for a delayed Mothers day treat we had afternoon tea and thoroughly enjoyed the delicious, fresh selection of sandwiches and cakes. The whole atmosphere is unique and the service second to none and there are plenty of variation on the menu for food and drinks. We... More

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Like the lot really. A real traditional tea room with a vast selection of tea. Friendly service, excellent well thought out food which nicely presented and fresh. I like the jar of sweets on the table with a cute "Eat Me" label. very popular it would seem and well worth a visit.

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Teesside
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13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We visited the quaint Francis Tea Rooms after it was recommended by a friend. Albeit the tea rooms are tucked out of the way from where it might not be expected to find a tea room, when you arrive there it's obvious of it's original use and why it is located where it is. The place is formerly an old... More

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Montreal, Canada
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

With about 20 loose leaf teas to choose from, these tea rooms offer an ideal ambiance to relax while enjoying freshly homemade food. We arrived to Francis on a cold afternoon, and we loved the intimacy the old hair dresser boots offer. The owners are really welcoming and passionate about what they do, and more than willing to share the... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Together with my husband I have visited Francis Tea Rooms about 5 times now and I can honestly say that this is the best place for afternoon tea. The booths are lovely and you never feel rushed. A lovely relaxing way to take tea. Definitely worth a visit when you are in Scarborough.Food excellent and the home made cakes are... More

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

We came on this place by chance, after visiting St Martin-on-the-Hill church nearby. Formerly a high-class hair salon, the booths have been retained and lend a unique character to the place. But it's not just the ambience. The food is also excellent, and the proprietors welcoming.

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Notts
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Cannot praise this tea room highly enough. Brad and Sarah the owners are so friendly and welcoming and despite being busy and us not pre booking managed to find us a table and gave us a warm welcome. The afternoon tea was devine with a lovely range of sandwich fillings and superb homemade cakes and scones. Served on fine china,... More

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Scarborough,
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8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Had a lovely lunch with fantastic service in a quirky environment. Will make sure we make more effort to visit more often

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