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The Great British Tea Shop

23 St. James Place, Ilfracombe EX34 9BJ, England
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good19%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“cakes” (74 reviews)
“sausage roll” (3 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Cafe, British
$$ - $$$
23 St. James Place, Ilfracombe EX34 9BJ, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were happy to find this place on a rainy day. Stopped by for a cup of tea but couldn't resist some cake as there was a huge selection available. Absolutely amazing chocolate fudge cake! Friendly staff and a comfortable place to sit. Only downside...More

Thank ladylianne_25
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had lunch whilst in Ilfracombe today; very glad we went to the Great British Tea Shop. The cakes are something of a work of art, all home made. A really good family run business and popular too.

Thank Peter D
Reviewed 7 March 2017

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...More

Thank SAC245
JPGBTS, Owner at The Great British Tea Shop, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2017

Thank you for your lovely review, I'm so pleased you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit.

Reviewed 15 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
JPGBTS, Owner at The Great British Tea Shop, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2017

Thanks for taking the time to write us a lovely review. We are delighted you enjoyed your time with us and of course the cakes! Hope to see you again soon.

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...More

Thank Tony H
JPGBTS, Owner at The Great British Tea Shop, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2017

So happy that you enjoyed your visit and what a lovely review. Thank you, I hope you manage back to visit again before too long.

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
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
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
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...More

Thank DevonKinnielover
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...More

Thank Frosties1
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Trish F
Hi, I am looking for an old friend Gordon Johnson, his parents ran a bakery shop in Ilfacombe for many years, I don't know if it's your place or other one. I found Gordons name in white pages, only it didn't print the phone no. it seems he still lives in Ilfacombe. Do you know the family, or someone who might know them ? It's many years since I have seen him. I live in Canberra Australia, & I would love to get in touch with him again. My name is Trish Forrest, but Gordon knows me as Eileen Taggart, we were friends when we lived in RAF Kenley. phone no 0418686190 If anyone knows them I would be very greatful if they could pass on the information. Thankyou very ,much. Kind regards Trish :)
5 May 2015|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
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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