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“Nothing particularly inspiring as a tea room.”

Ryeburn of Helmsley
Ranked #2 of 3 Dessert in Helmsley
Certificate of Excellence
Description: Ice cream parlour
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Description: Ice cream parlour
Reviewed November 17, 2013

Clearly the main draw of this cafe is the ice cream, which certainly looked fantastic, but as we didn't sample any my review is restricted solely to the food and drink side of the enterprise. One of the great joys of days out is the opportunity to sample various tea rooms and cafes, and Helmsley is certainly not short of choice as there is a plethora of such establishments to choose from.

This being the case, I would have thought that it would be considered important for any business to stand out from the crowd, and in the case of a tearoom you could do that by giving exta-special service and top quality fare - unfortunately the Ryeburn does neither. Don't get me wrong - as cafes go it is perfectly acceptable; it's just nothing special. All we had was tea and a couple of toasted sandwiches and both could be described as pretty bog-standard. The teas were served in mugs that were rather too much on the small side to provide a satisfying cuppa, and I really can't understand why they don't serve it in pots, with some extra hot water on the side - surely a pre-requisite of any good tearoom?

The toasted sandwiches were similarly unsatisfying, being made with thin-sliced, bog-standard bread and no hint of garnish. Surely it wouldn't take too much effort to use decent bread and put a slice of cucumber and tomato on the plate? The owners clearly take pride in putting together their ice cream creations and it's a shame that they can't put the same thought and effort into the "bread and butter" part of the business.

There are far better tea rooms in Helmsley and I would only come back to this one if the others were full - or for the ice cream of course.

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1  Thank johnhouston2
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

Ryeburns is located in Cleveland Street in Helmsley - near the main car parking area. It is very conveniently located both for motorists and for people who are walking the Cleveland Way Long-Distance Footpath - which passes right in front of the tea-room. We called into this delightful establishment after finishing a 15-mile trek on the North York Moors - it is always nice to finish a hard walk with a refreshing cup-of-tea! We were certainly not disappointed with our visit as the range of beverages, cakes and ice-creams on display was really magnificent - and the items that we tried tasted as good as they looked! We were given a warm and hearty welcome by the staff and the service was fast and efficient. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality.

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1  Thank Philip B
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

On a recent trip to Helmsley in the baking sunshine we visited Ryeburns on the way back to the car (the parlour is right near the main car park) and we were not disappointed. We were so pleased that we hadn't had desserts with our lunch because we got to sample some wonderful ice creams and took home some lovely handmade chocolates from the counter. I would visit this place on a cold, dark miserable day as well as in the sunshine as it was THAT good. Cannot wait to be in Helmsley again for a return visit!

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Thank dillo84
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

I went here specifically after reading all the positive reviews here on Trip Advisor.
I had a delicious whisky flavoured ice cream. They also sell home-made chocolates, which looked divine and some scrummy looking cakes.

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Thank Martin D
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

Excellent sandwiches, tailor made knickerbocker glories were heavenly, service excellent. Reading the one poor review on here, all I can say is you must have been in the wrong place then, because we couldn't have been happier with the service and quality of the fare today. Well worth the visit for the ice cream alone!

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Thank jwebby1
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