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“Delightful, funky little place”
Review of Francis Tea Rooms - CLOSED

Francis Tea Rooms
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $11
Cuisines: British, Soups
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, 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.
Northern Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Delightful, funky little place”
Reviewed August 5, 2014

Located on a side street in a small building that was a hair salon in the 1940s, this tiny place is still divided into small wood paneled areas that provided privacy for patrons. If you are claustrophobic, that might turn you off, but I was dining alone at one of two small tables in a room and thought it was a hoot. I had a terrific tomato soup special that came with basil pesto drizzling sauce, croutons and a side of crusty bread. A pot of Yorkshire tea brought lunch in at less than 6 pounds. I lingered as long as I wanted but felt it fair to leave when the place filled up, since there are so few tables. I can't vouch for the pastries but they looked good. The place is clean, the staff attentive and friendly and the menu is varied enough that most people will find something to suit their taste. We were staying in a nearby hotel on the Esplanade, so it was convenient but I'm not sure I'd go if it required much of a car ride.

  • Visited August 2014
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5 Thank Candace C
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Penrith, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Treat yourself!”
Reviewed August 3, 2014

Visited tearooms last Friday after reading all about them I just had to go, yes they took a bit of finding and weren't what I expected from the street, but "don't judge a book by its cover" is definitely true in this case, its fantastic from the moment you step inside and the welcome you receive. Its so different to anywhere else we have visited, the fabulous original décor the crockery and sitting in your own little booth all make it an experience, not just a bog standard afternoon tea, which by the way is so tasty and so well priced. They cannot do enough to make you feel welcome. The sponge cakes were delicious as were the baguettes, all very good quality. We didn't want to leave and now we know exactly how to get there we will return.

  • Visited August 2014
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3 Thank the_eden_traveller
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Level 5 Contributor
45 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Absolute (Midget) Gem in the Rough”
Reviewed July 29, 2014

Dear Cake (fans). First of all, a rant. Now out of the literally millio… thou… hund… tens of people who will read this review, I need to start this one with a rant. Get ready, it’s a doozy!

It’s about the last review done on Monday the 28th July by the charming Raymond B!

Who gives a company they haven’t even been to a 1 star review (just because they were closed)? It’s simply outrageous. These small companies are made and broken by the strength of the reviews online and they can lose hundreds, if not thousands of pounds in revenue because of a single star in the ratings box, and to mindlessly give ANY company 1 star without even visiting (especially if there were staffing issues), is just outrageous! It’s petty and mean and exceptionally inconsiderate… didn't he bother to PHONE first? Because I did before I went on Sunday. Why? BECAUSE it’s common sense to check if a company is open – ESPECIALLY on a Monday when many cafes are closed after the busy weekend. Seriously. I urge you to ignore that review and visit the Francis Café and then post positive reviews yourself. Why? Because it’s fantastic!

There, just HAD to get that off my chest. Now, let’s all take a deep breath, and get things going. Are you sitting comfortably, then I’ll begin…

Was in need of a pick me up today and the Power of Cake was calling, so I thought I’d make the journey to the Francis Café for some well-deserved nosh. Now, the worst thing about the café is the location, which really is out of the way and while it’s hardly a LONG walk to the venue, it’s up a pretty steep hill, but if you’re near the Spa then it’s only just up the bank (a leisurely walk through the gorgeous gardens and you’re there).

Now, that one minor point out of the way and it’s time to get to the nitty gritty: the food and the ambience. It’s the little touches that appeal to me and the fact that every table has a whopping bowl of Midget Gems on it was a really fabulous touch. I swear these companies are trying to bribe me by appealing to my piggy nature!

Of exceptional note is the venue itself, which is vintage in every possible way as it’s an almost untouched barbers shop complete with original mirrors in wood-panelled privacy booths. It really does have a particularly atmospheric feel and is a lovely building with buckets of vintage atmosphere.

Now, on to the nosh. And this is where Café Francis excels and you only have to read my many many reviews to know I’m something of a connoisseur of Afternoon Teas, and here Café Francis put on a real show with a fabulous selection of sandwiches, a smorgasbord of cakes, and absolutely delicious mini scones with jam and cream. In fact, I could have ignored everything else and just stuffed my face with one hundred of the mini-scones – they were that scrummy!

Also on offer are plenty of homed made food and cakes, along with a wide range of loose-leaf teas – twenty five to be precise - and the Chai Tea was particularly exquisite on a Sunday afternoon.

The Afternoon Tea consisted of a plate of sandwiches, one of each, egg mayo, ham and mustard, cucumber and salmon, and they were all delicious, you can really taste the quality of the ingredients and there were no cost-cutting corners here, which, at £6.50 for Afternoon Tea and a pot of tea AND Midget Gems, was an exceptional bargain and we left feeling full and extremely content. I’ve paid a LOT more for a lot less and this combined with excellent service from the charming owners, really made this a particularly stand-out visit!

So, really, there is no better Afternoon Tea in Scarborough. It is well worth making the journey, as it really is an absolute (midget) gem in the rough.

See what I did there?

  • Visited July 2014
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6 Thank CakeyStu
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liverpool
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
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“Don't BOTHER! Because they don't!”
Reviewed July 28, 2014

Went over to Scarborough (300 mile round trip) for a nice day out (Thur 24th July 2014). Told my wife I would treat her to afternoon tea in Francis Tea Rooms. Whilst in the town centre, and in need of refreshment, my wife ( on a walking stick ) and myself made the 25 min journey up to the dizzy heights of the said tea rooms to find they had not bothered to open due to staff problems. If the chef was off they could have surely made us welcome with tea and cakes!!!!! Beyond me how they could let their customers down by keeping the door locked. Would have marked this a zero, but the computer scoring only goes as low as a one. Get your act together. There is no war on in Scarborough, so adapt. Poor, poor excuse to let your customers down in this way. My wife was very distressed and so was I. We will not be making our way to Francis Tea rooms ever again.

Visited July 2014
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5 Thank raymond b
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Delightful find!”
Reviewed July 26, 2014

After a days walking along the coast we ventured up in the Cliff Lift and spotted a chalk board sign to Francis Tearoom. Quirky setting, excellent service - nothing was too much trouble. Two Afternoon Teas and a Ploughmans Lunch for under £22 -outstanding value. Highly recommend it.

  • Visited July 2014
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2 Thank Mike B
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