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The Batte-Lay Tea Room

74 High Street | The Minories, Colchester CO1 1UE, England
+44 1206 765131
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good45%
  • Average12%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible6%
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“tiptree jam” (2 reviews)
“garden cafe” (2 reviews)
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$$ - $$$
74 High Street | The Minories, Colchester CO1 1UE, England
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Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

After a visit to another Tiptree Tea Room which left us underwhelmed we gave this one a go. Am so glad to say our faith was restored when it came to good old fashioned service. An extremely polite young man who was busy but still...More

Thank Toheem
Reviewed 8 September 2017

The best thing about this tea room is the garden, a secluded oasis with mature trees and plenty of space. It was chilly on our latest visit so we sat inside, and regretted it. There is something very wrong with the acoustics so the levels...More

Thank Vivienne W
Reviewed 30 August 2017

I was expecting the same level of food and service as at the tea room in Tiptree. Very wrong! We had to give our order 3 times and when it arrived it was wrong. Both white and brown bread were stale. My egg mayonnaise sandwich...More

Thank retired581
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Excellent service fro Izzy and her compatriot. Very friendly, good food. Great for light lunch and afternoon tea. Reasonably priced. Speedy service but not rushed.

1  Thank glynthered2015
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Very nice lunch, well presented, surroundings overlooking the garden very good. The Minories is a beautiful house, an enjoyable visit.

1  Thank WENDY R
Reviewed 21 November 2016

We booked ahead our three lunches and found the staff to be excellent. I had a bacon sandwich first thing and it was really delicious. Lunch was homemade quiche with leek and mushroom, new potatoes and salad. Jacket potato with cheese and beans, side salad....More

Thank Shoebattymell
Reviewed 5 October 2016

We called in for lunch before visiting Colchester Castle Museum and were very pleased that we did. The day was very hot and we were fortunate to be able to sit outside under some shade. The garden setting is very nice with plenty of room...More

Thank Peter C
Reviewed 28 September 2016

This seems to have been upgraded since the name change, the tables and chairs inside looked fine and were set out well and the tables and seating in the garden seemed to have been increased and set out well. I did not find a very...More

Thank VEDay
Reviewed 9 September 2016

Visited for an afternoon tea. Outside is lovely in the garden. Inside not so good. Very musty smell. We had the afternoon tea for two (£28.) The pot of tea was bought to us about 10 minutes before the food, whereas I like to have...More

Thank lavender20142014
Reviewed 1 September 2016

Discovered this tea-room from the rear and adored the garden setting with the quaint folly. Even if it was raining and you had to sit inside you would still have a great view. Their scones were top quality. It's not far from the castle.

Thank mysticmeg13
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  • Address: 74 High Street | The Minories, Colchester CO1 1UE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Colchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1206 765131
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