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Peacocks Tearoom

#1 of 1 Dessert in Ely
Certificate of Excellence
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65 Waterside, Ely CB7 4AU, England
+44 1353 661100
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Tue - Sun 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We absolutely love this tea room. Staff are friendly and helpful, the setting is gorgeous, the tea menu superb and the food is delicious.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Ely, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a lovely place to have tea and lunch. A great choice of food and all the tea you might want!

Thank Lorna W
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went for a late-ish lunch. The service was first class. Delicious sandwiches and I really enjoyed the coffee recommend. Despite the fact that it was busy we never felt rushed.

Thank Maureen M
George P, Owner at Peacocks Tearoom, responded to this review

Thanks Maureen M. It was a rather frantic week-end here for us: it's good to hear that you still found the service 'first class' etc and I'm glad to hear you didn't feel rushed - we want you to have time to relax and enjoy your visits. (Thanks too to the other reviewers recently - we appreciate them all, and... More 

Ely, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wonderful selection of tea and very tasty cakes - also brilliant lunches. The service is friendly and efficient, the surroundings are very homely and the food is very delicious.

Thank Adella C
Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We popped in here late on Sunday afternoon about 3.50 Opens at 10am till 5pm but last orders are 4.30. we had to que to get in and the que was still there at 4.30 when the last people came in. The range of Teas they offer is truly amazing and the food is lovely.As they were so busy they... More 

Thank Karen D
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I did it, I got the full monty and I do not regret it. Absolutley amazing service. I went with a few girl friends and we each got our own teapots and snacks. We got to sit and chat for two hours. We did have to go find a waitress for the bill but I didn't mind. We loved it.... More 

Thank Elizabeth C
London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Only stopped for tea and cakes but food looked good too. They have an amazing selection of teas but the traditional English breakfast tea is spot on for a hot summers day. very good

Thank DaveBH2014
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My mum and I stopped at Peacocks and were pleasantly surprised by the extensive choices of drink available. I had the traditional cream tea which was very good: proper clotted cream, 2 fresh warm scones and lovely jam. My mum had an ice coffee and cheese scone, which she seemed to enjoy. Because it was so warm, we also ordered... More 

Thank RMLee0511
George P, Owner at Peacocks Tearoom, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind review. 'Quick and friendly' service is what I like to hear - though we can't always achieve speed on busy days. We hope you can come again soon. More 

Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The tea room trades on it location next to the river and being all things English. And it does that with a cottage garden and lots of Englishness in its decor. Clearly a tourist magnet we heard a member of staff trying to explain what a crumpet was to some Americans.. 'A sort of thick pancake'! Service wasn't particularly quick,... More 

Thank matthew l
George P, Owner at Peacocks Tearoom, responded to this review

Yes, matthew I you’re absolutely right: fast food and low prices aren’t our top priority. Lots of places are better at those than we are – for example, have you tried platform 1 on Ely railway station? But as you say, our coffee is ‘very nice’, (so is our tea) we have a garden to sit in, and we serve... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here on a baking hot Sunday afternoon, so it was nice to sit outside (in the shade) with a quintessentially English cream tea. The scones we warm (freshly cooked?) light but not too crumbly, with a choice fo 3 jams (surely only strawberry with a scone?!) and a generous helping of clotted cream. There was a huge choice of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $26
Cafe, British, Gluten Free
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Special occasions, Dining on a budget, Romantic
Open Hours
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 65 Waterside, Ely CB7 4AU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cambridgeshire  >  Ely
  • Phone Number: +44 1353 661100
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 Wednesday to Sunday, and Tuesdays in the summer, and Bank Holidays.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?