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“A must for all Rochdalians!”

Healey Dell Heritage Centre and Tea Rooms
Ranked #3 of 35 things to do in Rochdale
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Owner description: The Healey Dell Heritage Centre & Tearooms is set within the Healey Dell Nature Reserve. Step back in time and enjoy the Edwardian themed splendour of these fabulous, authentic tea rooms where speciality beverages and delicious food is served from the finest bon-china. The Healey Dell Heritage Centre & Tea Rooms offers wheelchair access & ground floor facilities, an all year round heritage display, guest exhibitions showcasing the work of photographers & artists, a Fairy Grotto available for private hire for children's parties. Free wifi - Dogs welcome in the ground floor Heritage Tea Room. We also have outdoor seating in the Fairy Tea Garden with full waitress service, - Horse Tethering - Secure cycle area and an abundance of free parking. Most weekends will find a guest pianist at the grand piano. Special social events throughout the year - room hire. These authentic vintage tea rooms (one on the first floor and one to the ground) serve traditional cream teas, full afternoon teas, snacks and a variety of quality loose-leaf teas served from fine bone-china. Probably the most unique venue you have ever visited! The centre & Tea Rooms are open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays from 9am. For full afternoon teas, please try to book two hours in advance as a great deal of preparation is invested into each serving. Table reservations welcome. All room available for private parties.
Bury, United Kingdom
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“A must for all Rochdalians!”
Reviewed September 20, 2013

Popped by this little charming gem today. I have not been down Healey Dell for more than a decade as have been living in the South however what a treat! Quirky rooms with artwork, antiques, crystal chandeliers and wonderful afternoon tea and fresh sandwiches.

The place was packed by the time we left at lunchtime and I also checked out the art workshop and gallery which has wonderful sculptures and paintings and it was great to actually meet one of the five artists that are based there.

I did enquire about the derelict buildings which are very visible only to find that this was Rochdale’s contribution to supporting the second world war in the form of a munitions factory.

Sadly there seems to be no support from the councils of Rochdale and Rossendale whose borders the Dell lie on. Pot holes a gogo, which can be navigated very slowly by car, however after seeing Rochdale invest millions into the town center it would be good too see some basic investment into this little piece of the Borough’s heritage which we never really here about. With so much focus on the inner town with grants for Broadfield Park, opening the river etc. This would be an ideal place to teach the children of the Borough how important this area was. Its a great place for a walk and this tea rooms are a grand finale.

Kudo’s to the staff for genuinely friendly and great service and all voluntary.

Visited September 2013
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“it's a rough road”
Reviewed September 7, 2013

I thought I would try a visit to the tea rooms I knew where abouts it was and it is some years since I have been there down a long single track road you go under the railway bridge past the few houses . Then the road gets rough you have to drive through the huge pot holes .
There is plenty of parking space but it is not a car park. The tea rooms looked a bit like a former pub on the outside
We had heard on a Saturday afternoon there was a pianist so we took a elderly friend with us for a treat when we entered the building we found that the music was up a flight of stairs which was a big disappointment as our friend was unable to climb the stairs so we could not get to the room with the music. This is not good for those who are not good on there feet.
We were ushered in to the downstairs room (it says around 16) and as there were six of us the staff put two tables together for us and we sat in that room, the staff were good took our orders
We had drinks and cakes the scones were good and we also had a large piece chocalete cake
We did not stay long as the room was cold .

I am sorry to say we were disappointed with our visit , we can't fault the staff but I felt a bit of a after thought in the downstairs room. those of us who could climb the steps did not do so i cant comment on the upstairs room . I cant say we will be rushing back for a second visit but I wish them well with the tea rooms and heritage centre.

Visited September 2013
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HDHC, Manager at Healey Dell Heritage Centre and Tea Rooms, responded to this review, September 9, 2013
Firstly thank you for visiting us and for your kind comments. With regards to issues raised - firstly the road, we are situated in a Nature Reserve therefore relatively speaking the road is in good condition with the majority of it being smooth, even tarmac. There are some pot holes, especially close to the art / retail units but these can be avoided by driving slowly. We wish the powers that be would make improvements but thankfully the condition of the road is not considered a major problem to our repeat customers and to the many thousands of visitors to the Dell.

With regards to live music, the the centre and the Victorian Tea Rooms is run entirely by unpaid volunteers including the live musicians. We do not guarantee a live pianist to each room. This brings me to the newly refurbished Heritage Room, a ground floor Edwardian themed Tea Room, lavishly decorated and complete with sparkling chandeliers. We are especially proud of this room, in fact it was only opened last month by the Mayor - it is accessible by wheelchairs and has been purposely adapted to meet the needs of those with limited ability.

Unlike every other Heritage Centre in the UK. Our centre is un-funded! We do not receive any funding whatsoever. The centre is sustained exclusively via proceeds from the Tea Rooms and occasional social events. Hence our pride in presenting such a high class venue, meeting the needs of visitors to the Nature Reserve and to the calibre of food and service.

Thank you once again for visiting us. We sincerely hope those reading your account will also consider all other reviews we have received here on trip advisor.
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“Old fashioned charm ...”
Reviewed September 7, 2013

I love this place with its old fashioned charm, wonderful snacks & cakes, and a piano in the background.

Anne and Phil are wonderful hosts and the staff (all volunteers for charity) are second to none - especially Stella.

Highly recommend it for just popping in, or for a special tea. Also like that it caters for kids and animals.

Visited September 2013
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“Tea for Two”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

We had never heard of this little gem. My wife spotted a special on Amazon for tea for two half price. So we decided to give it a try. The best afternoon tea I have ever had. The staff were very friendly and attentive. They are all volunteers and all proceeds go to charity. The atmosphere was just like stepping back in time to a gentler time. Food great. The only draw back is the road in and out which is narrow and full of potholes. After saying this its well worth the rough road trip. I just hope that Rochdale council see what a great place both the heritage centre and nature trail are. And improve the road.

Visited August 2013
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

We had a kings high tea that was lovely. Food was delicious but the amount of preserve and clotted cream served was barely enough for one scone and definitely not for two. As for value I'm not sure we would have the kings high tea again but it hasn't put us off returning.

Visited August 2013
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