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The Hidden Tearoom and Bistro

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The Stones, Castleton, Peak District National Park, England
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Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Brunch

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Rating summary
  • Food
    2 of 5 stars
    Service
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    1.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    1.5 of 5 stars
Avoid at all costs!!!!

A trip to this "tea room" spoiled a lovely family day out. After visiting the caves my son was thirsty and asked to stop for a drink, so we decided to stop at the hidden tea room as it was the nearest cafe - what a mistake! The tea room is located upstairs in a junk shop piled high with... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
KCateman
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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English first
Sheffield, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

A trip to this "tea room" spoiled a lovely family day out. After visiting the caves my son was thirsty and asked to stop for a drink, so we decided to stop at the hidden tea room as it was the nearest cafe - what a mistake! The tea room is located upstairs in a junk shop piled high with... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

This was the first place we spotted in Castleton (we didn't realise how many other cafes there were) and my girlfriend was desperate for the toilet so we decided to stop for a tea. The first thing we noticed were snail trails on the stairs carpet. The scurfy proprietor offered us tea and scones but we said we only want... More 

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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Me,my wife and 3children decided to have a little walk in Castleton to get an ice cream before heading back home after a lovely 3days camping. We stumbled across this small Tearoom that sells ice cream outside. We were greeted abruptly by a very scruffy,smelly old man that looks like needing a good scrubbing.he sneaked behind us while looking at... More 

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Stafford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Dirty and scones were so stale. Either overcharged or ridiculously expensive. Has the air of a once thriving enterprise dying a slow slow death. Proprietor told us that the building was being converted into holiday lets. I wish we had never found the "Hidden tea Room".

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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Like others I which I'd read the reviews first. The cafe itself was full of piles of rubbish? The man serving was very unkept and rude. There was only one other family in the cafe (these should have been big warning signs!) the bread was stale and the salad consisted of mountains of yellowing iceberg...eww...all at extortionate prices...AVOID AT ALL... More 

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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

What a smelly,grubby experience! How we wish we had read the reviews before eating there. I suppose the empty Tea Room should have given us a hint. My husband and I had a Ploughmans each but had to share the butter on his plate and the pickle on my plate between us! My sisters Ham sandwich had no butter and... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

I fully agree with all the previous adverse comments. I also experienced an over priced and unclean establishment with an owner who was obviously only interested in making money out of tourists with little respect of what he was serving up.The most appalling experience of all was the disgusting smell of sick to the left of my table. Abandoned the... More 

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

We wanted a quick drink after arriving early for the peak cavern tour and wandered past this tearoom. After walking upstairs into an empty tearoom with an interesting odour we gave it the benefit of the doubt and asked the owner if we could have drinks. We were met with the rude reply of 'only if you order scones or... More 

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Merseyside, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

I asked if they allowed dogs in and he said "yes,if i order scones" I told him i don't like scones so he said " I can't take the risk then" I am not sure what the risk of a small well behaved dog in an empty cafe is but i walked out anyway. The place is musty and dated... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Well, well, well. As others have rightly said, what a dive! It's only saving grace could be some quaint surroundings and a quirky owner. It never is though! The man is dirty, he is rude, his cafe is in appalling condition and is untidy and dirty and the food is stupidly expensive. He told a couple to leave as they... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: The Stones, Castleton, Peak District National Park, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Peak District National Park  >  Hope Valley  >  Castleton

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  • Cuisine: British

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