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The Great British Tea Shop

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$$ - $$$
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23 St. James Place, Ilfracombe EX34 9BJ, England
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a lovely cream tea here last weekend. Its a bit far out the season to find much in Ilfracombe but i'm so pleased this place was open. Warm scones, and lovely clotted cream and jam. My partner said the tea was lovely and the gingerbread latte was a really good flavour, not too overpowering! On our way out... More 

Thank SAC245
London, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

Just returned from a weekend in Devon Stopped of at this little place for tea and cakes and what can I say great home made brownies and scones had a lovely afternoon tea here Thanks again

Thank louijude32
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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

Lovely little classic British Tearoom near the harbour front. Decked in red, white and blue bit not on an over-bearing way, this tearoom is quite small, but nice and cosy. The cakes I the window drew us in, and our "well behaved dog, on her lead" was allowed in too! The counter top was adorned with freshly baked sausage rolls... More 

Thank Tony H
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210 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

A truly great find. Warm, friendly welcome. Great pots of tea, amazing cakes and magnificent scones. A plus is that the Tea Shop is dog friendly. Don't miss this wonderful place. We will be back!

Thank Universe1
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Lovely cafe in Ilfracombe. The scones were warm and buttery. Tea was refreshing and the staff were welcoming and friendly. Worth a visit.

Thank Lindsay M
Dursley, United Kingdom
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198 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

We arrived on a wet winter's day to find a bright and cheerful tea shop. There were plenty of fresh cakes which went well with morning coffee. Having just finished we watched fresh scones being put out which looked and smelt delicious

Thank Stephen A
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36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

I booked a table for ten family members for Afternoon Tea & Devon Cream Tea and it was amazing!! The display looked impressive and we couldn't wait to get tucked in. The sandwiches were fresh and the variety of fillings tasted wonderful. There were a great choice of cakes, all looking lovely like miniature works of art, and they tasted... More 

Thank DevonKinnielover
Church Crookham, England
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95 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Popped in for lunch - really just after a sandwich but this place has a good range of pasties, sausage rolls, etc with a variety of soft drinks - all alongside plenty of cakes and more tea varieties than someone could ever need. All delivered with a smile.

Thank Frosties1
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

We have stayed in Ilfracombe for 2 years on the run now and this is our favourite spot for cakes after a long walk. Lots of choice and really good quality food (mainly cakes).

Thank WoodlarkWanderers
Bromyard, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Popped in for a coffee as the children were thirsty, well what a treat we found! Service was fantastic, the array of tea and coffee on offer was astonishing, and the cakes looked absolutely lovely! I didn't eat cake, so I'm afraid I can't comment, although the kids soon made short work of theirs, with many appreciative grunts! My partner's... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, British
Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 23 St. James Place, Ilfracombe EX34 9BJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Ilfracombe
  • Phone Number: 44271855565

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?