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Set in the fantastic splendour of the National Park, a taste sensation awaits you at this former Victorian railway station. Meet, greet and enjoy the best food and drinks for miles around, in a comfortable, relaxed setting. You won't be disappointed.
PRICE RANGE
US$3 - US$21
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
CUISINES
Cafe, British
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Stopped off on our forest walk. Lovely lady made us fresh coffees. Free dog biscuits! Would highly recommend a visit and will return soon

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 3 days ago

As the title suggests, don't judge the place by how it looks on the outside, or even on the inside. It is a typically nostalgic place but is kept very clean and tidy. I would strongly recommend pre-booking as it was very busy at the...time of our visit. We had afternoon tea for our anniversary and were not disappointed. Very fresh food and a massive cake to finish off. Gluten free options available. Would definitely visit again.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Service from a hatch was very slow. Ordered cheese scone tea, very small with a dollop of cream cheese and pot of sauce. Had at other places, huge cheese scone, apple, large chunk of cheese and pickles for less cost. Toilet grim. Very tired looking...outside.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Once again a brilliant afternoon cream tea. The homemade score was beautiful. My wife had the homemade sausage roll and mother in law had rarebit. All served with a smile. Very busy, slight wait, but what do you expect. It is worth the wait.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 22 August 2021

This year marks my 41st anniversary of knowing the Old Station Tea Rooms! I came here with neighbours in 1979 ! The team today, have kept alive the same spirit of enterprise and customer care that the legendary Powell's had when they owned the Tea...Rooms from 1980-2000. Even during Covid, the staff and team worked hard to give a 1st class service and meal! Met today for a family reunion and we were not disappointed! Always a warm welcome for me, and my friends/family. Good to see the Tea Rooms busy today and long may it remain so! After 40+ years of knowing the place, and it changing hands frequently after 2000, this place is on the up! Thanks to all concerned! A very happy group of customers aged from 77 to 5!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 19 August 2021

I usually love this venue but I'm afraid at the moment they are not hitting the spot. Like most venues, The Holmsley has attempted to adapt their service to allow for Distancing etc. But I suggest they need to look at this again. All customers,...wherever seated, have to use hatch service usually for outside diners only. Service here has always been slow so now, predictably, its dreadfully slow. My friend and I eventually decided to find an alternative for lunch that day. Shame. I do hope they can find way to speed up service from that hatch!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 19 August 2021 via mobile

We visited as part of a 10km circular walk from Burbush near Burley, around the common and back along the old railway track. Arriving at half one, it was packed outside - less so inside where we had a booking - but we moved outside...due to our dogs. They seemed slightly surprised by how busy it was and kitchen service was slow. Menu looked great - rarebit looked lovely. But we were there for cream teas which we’d read were great. They weren’t, unfortunately. Cold scones that were dry and too big for the cream and jam accompanying them. Afternoon tea people got them warmed up (slightly). Cakes and sandwiches good and cheese scone good too. But I wouldn’t have the cream tea there again. Such a shame - an ideal location for a long flat walk/ride along the track.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 13 August 2021

The staff had reserved one of the dining rooms for our 22 guests who were all having afternoon tea. Booked a few weeks in advance. We were able to chose the cakes etc for afternoon tea in advance. Very clean, comfortable and staff very attentive,...even though they were still very busy outside and in another room. The sandwiches, cakes and cream tea scones were delicious, all home made. Nobody, even the men could eat it all and most people took cake boxes home containing uneaten cakes. Tea was refillable. It was exceptional value. Just a lovely afternoon and staff communicated and coped very well with such a large group. Thank you everyone at Old Station House Tea Rooms. I recommend for birthday afternoon teas.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 12 August 2021

Visited after seeing good reviews. Sadly disappointed and shocked by how expensive a cream tea with one scone was! £6 for one scone and £9 for two with a tiny pot of tea and small hot water pot. Not only expensive however but also the...scone unpleasant and dense. Not a return to place for us sadly. Toilets not great either.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 10 August 2021 via mobile

Even though the tea rooms were extremely busy, all staff very helpful. Choice of food excellent. Quality of food outstanding very tasty Quantity of food large portions.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Sam M
29 December 2019|
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Response from schaillimonae | Reviewed this property |
This is a nice friendly place, but saying that it is popular with elderly “P’s”. It might be best to give them a ring, to see the best times for you. Hope this helps.
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Suzanne B
31 August 2018|
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Yes we do. We have a selection of gluten free cakes, scones and bread rolls. This means not only can you have a cream tea but you could treat yourself to one of our afternoon teas.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Old Station House Tea Rooms at Holmsley

Yes, The Old Station House Tea Rooms at Holmsley offers takeaway services.

The Old Station House Tea Rooms at Holmsley is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4