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“quintessentially Cornish”
Review of Rectory Tea Rooms

Rectory Tea Rooms
Ranked #1 of 6 Coffee & Tea in Bude
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Hereford
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“quintessentially Cornish”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

I cannot agree more with the other 5* reviews on here.
We have just eaten soup and Cornish pasty followed by a cream tea.
all home made, generous portions and utterly delicious.
Scones were hot and fluffy, choices of jam and a very generous pot of tea.
The tearooms are quaint and comfortable, staff welcoming and efficient.
We are so pleased to have bothered to make the short drive from our cottage.
A1 and hope to be back next year.

  • Visited October 2013
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london
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Not Very Good - We Were disappointed!”
Reviewed September 30, 2013

We went here in mid September after reading lots of good reviews but we were disappointed. Before we had even sat down we were being regaled with the list of specials. The young girl took our order but didn't write it down then came back after 15 minutes to take it again. After 40 minutes nothing had arrived, not even our tea and we noticed that quite a few people who cam in after us had been served. I spoke to the waitress and all she said was 'No worries' several times and went away. Our order did finally appear but my 'special' definitely wasn't! The burger tasted of nothing in particular although was meant to be wild boar and pear. It was just plonked in a bun with a small amount of salad and I had to ask for dressing, again being told 'No worries'! I expected more for £10. My husband had a smoked salmon bagel but it was only average. My husband had ordered green tea with ginger but there was no taste of ginger at all. I don't like ginger so I tried it thinking if it was there then it might be more noticeable to me but I couldn't taste it either. To be fair they did take it off the bill. We did see a cream tea come out and it did look good and for £22 (for 2 people) it should. Maybe this is what they have made their reputation on but the items we ordered were not very good. We won't be going back when there are so many more excellent tea rooms in this area.

I have reviewed another tearoom on here and that was outstanding and far cheaper. Shame about this one though as the building is nice and the setting lovely.

  • Visited September 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Great part of the Morwenstow Experience”
Reviewed September 30, 2013

The tea rooms are not really the main reason you should visit Morwenstow, but they figuratively - and literally- are the icing on the cake.
Morwenstow is at the extreme top right corner of Cornwall, just before Devon starts and really quite a long way from almost everywhere. It was the home for many years of RS Hawker - Parson Hawker was vicar between 1835 - 1875. The large and numinous church has Celtic origins; the graveyard has a ship's figurehead marking where Hawker buried countless shipwreck victims. He re-built the Vicarage, with chimneys replicating the towers of his previous churches.
Hawker was a Poet - everyone knows the Cornish Anthem:
And shall Trelawny live?
And shall Trelawny die?
Here's twenty thousand Cornish men
Will know the reason why!
He built himself a hut out on the 450' high cliffs where he composed - and presumably, like many creatives of that and earlier times, indulged in all sorts of recreational pharmaceuticals.
Hawker married when he was 19 to a lady of 41. She died forty years later and he then married a 20-year old Polish girl.
Quite a guy, but enough of Hawker.
The Tea Rooms are immediately next to the churchyard and are quaint and old and get very booked up for weekend lunches, even out of season. Afternoon teas are lavish, multi-storey plates of sandwich/cake/scone/meringue and they beautifully round off a visit to the church and a walk along the coastal path (You can see Lundy Island).
Prices are not cheap - but good value for money in the great scheme of things - and the service is friendly.

  • Visited September 2013
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Telford
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Lovely setting shame about the wasps”
Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

Enjoyed a fabulous cream tea rated by some as best in Cornwall, it was very good in the garden courtyard too many wasps but you can only expect this with beautiful jam on offer. Had a walk across fields to take in the rugged coastline after our cream tea will definitely return

Visited August 2013
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“A tasty treat”
Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

Lovely big scones served up in a characterful quaint setting, with bracing coastal walks to blow the cobwebs away. Only complaint is that it is not the cheapest - but very tasty so perfect for a treat. General lunch menu looked tempting but cream tea won out.

  • Visited September 2013
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