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“Perfect afternoon tea and a hidden gem”

Hargreaves Edwardian Tea Rooms
Ranked #4 of 13 Coffee & Tea in Buxton
Cuisines: Cafe, British
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Seating
Cheshire
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78 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Perfect afternoon tea and a hidden gem”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2013

We really enjoyed our visit to Hargreaves store & tea room. I appreciate what people said about the waitress service and I agree that would really help to make the extra touch. I like the music being played and the lovely presentation of each of the meals and afternoon tea.

The food tasted nice and was served quickly. More soft drinks on offer I think would be nice as there was fresh juice, fruit shoot or Victorian lemonade (Which is horrible) and I would have liked a few more choices.

I would recommend to others as from what we saw, there wasn't many other places that offered quality food at a suitable price with a nice atmosphere to eat in.

Toilets were fine too but not a disabled friendly visit as it was up lots of stairs so just to warn others about that.

  • Visited June 2013
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English first
Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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170 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Lovely quaint atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2013

The feel of the place is very much based the dining room surroundings. We liked the feeling of sitting in the past and enjoying the surroundings. The food is not very special but the atmoshere is!

  • Visited April 2013
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Hampshire
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“Disappointing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

The tea room we had visited previously had closed for the day so we thought Edwardian Tea room sounds nice. We thought it would be quaint and waitress service. That aside we were more disappointed with the fact everything is pre wrapped in food wrap. I think cakes look are more appealing when the whole cake is on display. We decided on a scone and clotted cream and that too was pre-wrapped. Although there was no problem with the food , if we were in Buxton again we would give it a miss.

  • Visited April 2013
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Northampton, England, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“A hidden Edwardian tea room”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2013 via mobile

We have been to Buxton many times over the years but have never, for some reason, found this tea room. The tea room is located on the first floor above a shop, but is reasonably well signposted but you will need to keep your eyes open to find it.

The building is listed as a historical building of interest and built in 1880. In 1988 the crystal showroom was renovated incorporating a traditional Edwardian tea room theme. The actual tea room was once the sitting room of the Holmes family.

We were served by very polite staff and our lunch was served efficiently and of good quality. Just a personal note some classical back ground music would have enhanced the experience. To maintain the ambience of an Edwardian tea room a move away from a self service culture to one of table service would have enhanced the experience.

We would highly recommend this tea room for anyone in Buxton at lunchtime.

Visited April 2013
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Buxton, United Kingdom
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“A simple lunch that should have been perfect”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2013

This tearoom is above a shop selling houseware, pottery and gifts. There is something of an old-world charm to the decor, with a display cabinet of antique items. We went for a light lunch, and each ordered tea with a cheese and ham toastie. The tea was OK, but the toastie was cold - the cheese hadn't melted much. The 'salad' on the side was a quarter tomato and five small pieces of Iceberg lettuce. The lettuce had been washed: it sat in a little pool of water on the plate. I didn't notice until I sat down that the tray on which I took the teas away from the service bar hadn't been cleaned properly. It would have been easily possible for our our simple lunch to have been perfect. I hadn't been before and so can't judge whether what we experienced was a one-off.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Matthew G
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