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Hele Corn Mill & Tea Room

Watermouth Road, Ilfracombe EX34 9QY, England
+44 7554 310176
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Educational visit to a cute mill, ran by a local family!

The mill is still in use occasionally (would be uneconomical to run continuously as there is not a... read more

Reviewed 31 July 2017
Jane R
via mobile
Excellent cakes! Time for a spruce up?

We stopped by for drinks and cakes today. The cakes were particularly excellent with lots of choice... read more

Reviewed 31 July 2017
Ian T
via mobile
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CASH ONLY. SEASONAL: Opening 24th March, 25 and 26th and then everyday from Friday 31st March til Monday 17th April for Easter. Then Friday, Saturday, Sunday and BH in rest of April, May, June, September and October. Everyday EXCEPT Saturdays in July and August. Please see our leaflets and website for clarification - or phone us. . Winner of the Devon Life "Best Tearoom in Devon Award" 2013, 2014 and 2015 and Highly Commended in Devon Tourism Awards 2016. 16th century working watermill about half a mile east of Ilfracombe Town centre in HELE (Combe Martin road A399). We are a family business, milling to produce flour for our mill-made cakes and for sale in the tearoom. We serve Devon Cream Teas including Devonshire Splits and Thunder and Lightning, and a wide variety of cakes made on the premises, many made from our flour. Our savoury items soup, sandwiches and savoury cream teas. At least one GF cake aways available and we will make GF/vegan scones if pre-ordered or not too busy. We do not sell main lunches or evening meals. Takeaway cream teas and cake available. Free entry to mill for unguided tours. Guided tours Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4.30pm chargeable. We endeavour to entertain our guests with puzzles and quizzes. Dogs welcome in tearooms and gardens although not in the mill itself. PARKING in Hele Bay Public Carpark (to left of Hele Bay Pub). Limited disabled parking - please phone in advance.We look forward to welcoming you to Hele Corn Mill. See our website for details or give us a ring.
  • Excellent81%
  • Very good14%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“old mill” (22 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Watermouth Road, Ilfracombe EX34 9QY, England
+44 7554 310176
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Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

The mill is still in use occasionally (would be uneconomical to run continuously as there is not a demand for the quantity of flour that would be produced), so your visit may or may not fall when the mill is running. Ours wasn't and we...More

2  Thank Jane R
Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

We stopped by for drinks and cakes today. The cakes were particularly excellent with lots of choice and all homemade and delicious. Service was generally good and we were made to feel very welcome. We also had a look round the mill which was very...More

1  Thank Ian T
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

We called in to the tea room for a cream tea/ cake. There were 5 adults, 1 teenager and 2 under 3's. The tea room had other customers and whilst we could have squeezed in we were offered the potting shed as an alternative. This...More

1  Thank Walkergirl68
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

My wife Kathy viewed trip advisor as she normally does and found this tea room listed. Already it was looking good due to the great reviews we saw. And the reality was even better. A quaint little tea room oozing with character and charm. The...More

Thank Richard S
Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

When you turn up with little ones and you have that dread that you will never finish your hot drink and cream tea in peace. This places thanks the stress away! The owner has this welcoming friendly manor, he was able to turn our recently...More

2  Thank Missbumkin
Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

As with other reviewers found that cards were not accepted - no nearby cash machines either. I saw the comment on the cost of taking cards but there are very cost effective ways of taking cards now days - sad really because it looked very...More

Thank Earlystock
Reviewed 24 July 2017

We visited the mill for a guided tour whilst on holiday nearby. The tour was very informative and the miller was friendly and happy to answer questions. There was a lot of written information on the walls that I wish we'd had more time to...More

1  Thank CoffeeandaNovel
Reviewed 20 July 2017

I had the most amazing cream tea! Warm scones, delicious strawberry jam & of course, clotted cream. Hubbie had a slice of a coffee & walnut cake. Fantastic!

1  Thank Sue H
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

We came here specifically for the tea rooms. The "locally sourced" pasty was lacking in flavour and the filling very pappy. The scones though clearly fresh were very heavy. We didn't bother going in the mill. Expectations were high but sadly delivery was lacking. Shame.More

1  Thank fromtheforestfolk
Hele_Corn_Mill, Owner at Hele Corn Mill & Tea Room, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2017

Shame - we agree it was a shame that you did not mention to us, during your visit, that you were unhappy with your pasties and scones. Our "locally sourced" pasties are prepared for us, using our wholemeal flour from the mill, by Turtons butcher...More

Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

We walked from Ilfracombe to this amazing little tea room. We shared a savoury and sweet cream tea and it was lovely and set in a tranquil spot. Even the dogs were given a couple of treats each

2  Thank Helen V
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Mark H
30 October 2017|
Response from Helemill | Property representative |
We are now closed until spring 2018 while we undertake renovation works starting with the Mill roof and then on to redecoration. Hopefully see you next year Regards the Miller
25 July 2017|
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Response from Helemill | Property representative |
If you were to walk it takes about 35 mins by road as we are the other side of Hillsborough (big rock by harbour) so walk round harbour and keep hill to your left and stay on main road by Thatch Pub at top of slope and we... More
26 March 2017|
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Response from Hele_Corn_Mill | Property representative |
There is no parking in the mill or Cornmill Close but you may be able to park in Watermouth Road which has no restrictions. The large public carpark is in Beach Road (to the left of Hele Bay pub). Parking is reasonably... More