Welcome to Peacocks. We are a family business: we set up the tea-room in our home overlooking the river nearly 20 years ago, in 2004. Starting in one room, it has now taken over our family kitchen and the hall. So, if it has a homely feel to it there is a good reason for that. In 2013, we added two roomy B&B suites, above the tearoom. Each has its own living room.
If you haven't visited us before, let me quote from a few of the reviews the tearoom has received:
Peacocks is exactly what a tearoom should be... This is a quintessentially English tearoom on the waterfront at Ely housed in a beautiful old building with a little garden to the front, bedecked in wisteria... Peacocks do tea remarkably well... Greeted and served with a smile... Wonderfully mismatched quaint tea cups and saucers... Fantastic cream tea... Did I tell you about the chocolate scones which they serve here? Ah! They are to die for... A perfect Sunday, rain or shine in Ely would be a visit to the cathedral, walk down Cherry Hill through Jubilee Gardens and along the river to the Babylon Gallery. Tea at Peacocks, antiquing at Waterside Antiques rounded off with a browse in Topping and Co Booksellers on Ely High Street... It is justly considered one of the best tea rooms of England... Don't dither, just go.
(And no, I didn't make them up; you can find them all on TripAdvisor).
That should give you an idea of what to expect: a homely atmosphere, delicious home-made lunches, a quirky menu, welcoming staff, friendly customers, and the widest choice of teas in the world - no-one else anywhere can offer you teas from every continent. Ely is close to Cambridge and only an hour from London by train.
We are proud that the late-lamented Tea Guild, in their annual awards, made us their Top Tea Place 2007 and gave us an Award of Excellence each year after that. The Times newspaper has listed us in their top 5 places to have tea. In June 2016, Tesco Magazine chose us as one of 3 top tearooms in England and Country Living magazine has also named us their favourite tearoom, so we have a lot to live up to. We keep looking for ways to improve.
Disability Access Statement
Although the tearoom is in a grade 2 listed building, there are no steps over two inches on the ground floor (only a couple of slight changes in level) and the majority of the tearoom, and its garden is accessible for disabled customers and those using wheelchairs and mobility scooters. One of our toilets is designed and equipped for wheelchair-users. We can provide a non-slip liner to prevent plates slipping and our staff are always ready to assist, for example in pouring drinks for those customers with an unsteady grip.
Our two B&B suites are also level, but both are upstairs, and because the house is a listed building we have not been able to instal a lift.
If you have never been, let's hope you have the opportunity soon. We look forward to seeing old and new friends.
George and Rachel Peacock